Solara, Inc., a Miami-based narmaceutical manufacturer and research company, recently made a $50,000 gift to support the Dean’s Excellence Fund at NSU College of Pharmacy (NSU-COP). The company president and CEO is Jose “Pepe” G. Rocca, R.Ph., Ph.D., who has also served as a faculty member of the college since the days of Southeastern University. Today, Dr. Rocca serves as a professor of pharmaceutics, where he has helped develop and establish a focused drug delivery research group, as well as provide advice for the formation of a graduate research program.
Solara, Inc. specializes in the development of innovative nutraceutical products to help improve people’s health. Solara, Inc. and NSU-COP share a common vision to advance research in and understanding of nutrition and supplementation therapy, noted Rocca.
Solara, Inc.'s contribution will support NSU-COP priority areas for NSU’s Realizing Potential campaign, including research. The partnership also provides an opportunity for students to learn more about supplementation therapy and integrative pharmacy, an evolving area of pharmacy practice.
“The partnership between Solara, Inc. and NSU-COP will go far advance research and provide students with innovative opportunities for personal and professional development,” said NSU-COP Dean Lisa Deziel, Pharm.D., Ph.D., BCPS, FASHP. “A fond hope is that this contribution will pave the way for additional nutritional science funding.”