Dr. Pire-Smerkanich – 2020 DIA Inspire Award for Excellence

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Nancy Pire-Smerkanich has been selected to receive the 2020 Drug Information Association (DIA) Inspire Award for Excellence in Service in the Americas Region.  This award is given in recognition of those who have provided outstanding contributions to advancing global health with volunteer service awards that honor exceptional leadership, commitment to service, and advancement of DIA’s mission.

Dr. Pire-Smerkanich, DRSc, is an Assistant Professor, Department of Regulatory and Quality Sciences in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Southern California. In addition to teaching courses related to drug development and clinical trials, Dr. Pire-Smerkanich provides regulatory guidance to industry peers and serves as a faculty mentor for our undergraduate research team. Known for her dedication to education and mentoring across industry, Dr. Pire-Smerkanich continues to be recognized for her ability to provide accurate, relevant and dynamic instruction on both technical and strategic aspects of global regulatory affairs and for her service to professional organizations such as DIA and The Organization for Professionals in Regulatory Affairs.  Her passion and enthusiasm for medical regulation make her classes memorable due to creative scenarios she has students engage in.  She brings that same vigor to her mentorship and among the students and is a highly sought-after faculty member.  Her laugh is warm, inviting, and boisterous.

Heart-felt thoughts from Dr. Pire-Smerkanich:
“It has been my privilege for the last 30+ years to serve the DIA community and my peers as well as our students and young professionals. It is I who have been inspired by the integrity of the people and work we do in academia, industry and government to advance healthcare product development.”

We would like to extend our congratulations to Dr. Pire-Smerkanich for this well-deserved recognition!

Highlight posted on June 4, 2020