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Spotlight Nievales

The UP College of Pharmacy takes immense pride in honoring Mrs. Ma. Gertrudes Garcia Nievales, BSP Class of 1989, as its distinguished alumna in Industrial-Regulatory Pharmacy. With her exemplary achievements and contributions to the field, Gigi, has emerged as a trailblazer in regulatory affairs within the pharmaceutical industry.

Currently serving as the Regulatory Affairs Director of GlaxoSmithKline Philippines, Inc., Mrs. Nievales plays a vital role in ensuring the safety and availability of essential vaccines and innovative products for asthma. Her expertise and leadership in regulatory affairs have been instrumental in facilitating the registration process with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), thereby ensuring the timely availability of these critical healthcare solutions to the market.

Gigi’s impact extends beyond her role at GlaxoSmithKline. She has served as the Chair of the ASEAN Pharmaceutical Research Industry Association from 2014 to 2016, fostering collaboration and driving regulatory harmonization within the pharmaceutical industry across the ASEAN region. Her leadership and dedication to advancing the industry’s regulatory landscape have earned her widespread recognition and respect among her peers.

Additionally, Gigi actively contributes to the Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Association of the Philippines Regulatory Affairs subcommittee. Her insights and expertise help shape the regulatory policies and practices within the country, ensuring compliance with global standards while addressing the unique needs of the local pharmaceutical industry.

Furthermore, Gigi has made significant contributions to the Philippine Association of Pharmacists in the Pharmaceutical Industry, where she served as Secretary from 2010 to 2012. Her active involvement in the association has contributed to the growth and professional development of pharmacists working in the industry, fostering a sense of community and collaboration.

Gigi’s outstanding achievements and unwavering commitment to advancing industrial-regulatory pharmacy make her an exemplary figure in the field. Her role in facilitating the registration of vital healthcare products, leadership in regional associations, and active involvement in professional organizations reflect the values instilled by the UP College of Pharmacy.

As she continues to make significant contributions to the pharmaceutical industry, her dedication, expertise, and leadership will undoubtedly shape the future of regulatory affairs and healthcare in the Philippines. She stands as an inspiration to aspiring pharmacists and regulatory professionals, showcasing the transformative power of merging scientific knowledge with regulatory expertise.

The UP College of Pharmacy celebrates the achievements of Ma. Gertrudes Garcia Nievales and is proud to have her as an esteemed alumna, representing the values of excellence, innovation, and dedication to the advancement of pharmaceutical science and regulatory affairs.

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