UCSOP Student Pharmacists selected as Future Pharmacist Finalists in the Pharmacy Times Next-Generation Pharmacy Awards

8/15/2018

Charleston, WV – University of Charleston School of Pharmacy (UCSOP) class of 2020 student pharmacist Koffi Amegadje and class of 2018 graduate Dr. Andrew Van Deusen are finalists for the Pharmacy Times magazine’s Future Pharmacist Award in the Next-Generation Pharmacist Awards competition.  The Next-Generation Pharmacist Awards recognizes pioneers, innovators and future leaders in the pharmacy industry.

The Future Pharmacist category is one of 10 categories that are featured in the competition and recognizes leaders who are defining the future of pharmacy.  As finalists, Amegadje and Van Deusen will be featured in an upcoming edition of Pharmacy Times magazine and on their website.  The winner will be announced at the Pharmacy Times Awards Gala on October 5, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts, leading up to the annual National Community Pharmacists Association Convention.

“We are delighted to learn of Koffi and Andrew’s esteemed and nationally-recognized nomination,” said Dr. Michelle Easton, UCSOP Dean.  “As two of the top three finalists out of more than 600 nominations, Koffi and Andrew’s actions reflect the quality of work they have demonstrated as student pharmacists in our program. Through their high work ethic and innovative and entrepreneurial accomplishments in our program, I’m not surprised, but am especially proud to see their names amongst the top student pharmacists in the country for the Pharmacy Times Future Pharmacist award.” 

Third year student pharmacist Amegadje is part of a three-person team of UCSOP student pharmacists who won the 2018 West Virginia Collegiate Business Plan Competition (Lifestyle and Innovation category) as well as a local entrepreneur competition, Thrive, for their product, VoixRx – a communication method where patients can choose to get their medication instructions in a specific language. He is also one of UCSOP’s inaugural Doctor of Pharmacy and Masters of Business Administration dual degree cohort, and plays an active role in many UCSOP co-curricular outreach initiatives.

While a student pharmacist at UCSOP, Van Deusen was a member of UCSOP’s Rho Chi Academic Honor Society and took a keen interest to innovation and product development with the creation of his product StudyLex – a new study application for Amazon Echo. With this product, Van Deusen won first place in University of Charleston’s inaugural Innovation Showcase in April of 2017, made it to the final round of the 2016 WV Collegiate Business Plan Competition, and entered it into an entrepreneurial competition in Silicon Valley where his team was offered a $25,000 investment. Upon completing his PharmD degree in May, Dr. Van Deusen began a two-year Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowship with Novartis Pharmaceutical Corporation. The Fellowship position Van Deusen has accepted is, “Commercial - New Product Marketing, Business Development & Licensing.”