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BioPharma Services INC. BPSI Announces 2017 Recipient Of Lorelei Lutter Scholarship

by | Aug 3, 2020

BioPharma Services Inc. (BPSI) announces the 2017 recipient of the Lorelei Lutter Fine Arts Scholarship (LLFAS) in memory of Lorelei Lutter, VP Business Development. The scholarship is meant to be a reflection of Lorelei’s love of fine arts.

“I am very pleased to award Sophia Kington with the Lorelei Lutter Fine Arts Scholarship.  Sophia has shown remarkable talent in Musical Theatre and art, winning a number of awards as well as a grant for her artistic painting. — commented Renzo DiCarlo, CEO of BioPharma Services Inc.

The scholarship will be awarded this year, 2017 to Sophia Kington, daughter of Jolene Kington, a Biopharma employee.

Sophia is entering her third year at Hickman High school.  Sophia has been the recipient of many awards during 2016 and one being the recipient of the 2016 Presidents Education Award honoring students who meet challenging standards of academic excellence, as well as overcome obstacles to their learning, recognizing achievement and hard work. Sophia has performed in several musicals/variety shows at Hickman High School, as well as a member of Missouri Symphony Society Children’s Choir and also plays the violin. With interest in fine arts, Sophia painted a ceiling tile in competition for a $3000 grant at Hickman High School and received a perfect score on the project.  Sophia future aspirations is to specialize in science/medical field or fine arts (such as painting and performing arts).

About BioPharma Services Inc. BioPharma Services Inc. is a physician-owned, physician-run, FDA-inspected, UK MHRA-inspected, and Health Canada-inspected International Contract Research Organization (CRO) which specializes in the conduct of Phase I/IIa clinical trials and bioanalysis for innovative pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device companies from US, Canada, Australia and Europe. The company currently has a modern 174-bed clinical facility and a co-located bioanalytical laboratory in Toronto, Canada. The company is privately held and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

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