The Alumnus of the Year award stands above – as an innovator, a leader and a significant contributor to pharmacy. It’s our highest honor. Garry certainly exemplifies these qualities.
Lake Forest, IL (PRWEB) November 13, 2012
Kirby Lester, LLC, the leading pharmacy automation provider, today announced that its President and CEO Garry Zage, R.Ph., was named the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy’s 2012 Alumnus of the Year. The award is the highest honor given to an alumnus; it recognizes an Illinois College of Pharmacy graduate who stands as an innovator, exhibits leadership, and has contributed significantly to the pharmacy profession.
Zage is a 1977 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy. He has more than 35 years of experience in the pharmacy industry, including more than 15 years focused on pharmacy automation. Zage is the only CEO of a pharmacy automation company who is also a pharmacist.
“Garry embodies what we are trying to produce in our educational programs at the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy,” says Jerry Bauman, Pharm.D., Dean of the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy. “The Alumnus of the Year award stands above – as an innovator, a leader and a significant contributor to pharmacy. It’s our highest honor. Garry certainly exemplifies these qualities. His current work enables pharmacists to spend more time with patients, which is crucial as the profession embraces the professional role of the pharmacist. In addition, Garry has provided strong leadership throughout his distinguished career in a wide variety of areas – from the pharmaceutical industry to community practice to hospital practice.”
Zage purchased Kirby Lester in 2005. Over the next seven years, he guided the venerable company through an impressive transformation. Kirby Lester has launched six new pharmacy automation systems in the past six years and now offers the industry’s most comprehensive line of dispensing technology for any pharmacy’s unique needs.
About Kirby Lester
Kirby Lester is by far the world’s leading pharmacy automation provider. Established in 1971, Kirby Lester maintains the largest market share of automatic tablet/capsule counter sales in the United States, plus more than 40 other countries. More Kirby Lester counters are used to dispense prescriptions in retail, mail order, hospital and long-term care pharmacies and manufacturing facilities than all other automated dispensing systems combined; over 40,000 pharmacies worldwide rely on Kirby Lester for their counting needs…exactly! For more information, contact Kirby Lester at 847.984.3377 or http://www.kirbylester.com.
About the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy
Established in 1859, the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy stands as the oldest academic unit of the University of Illinois, one of the largest and most comprehensive research universities in the nation. The College enjoys a national reputation for excellence and has been ranked among the top colleges of pharmacy for scholarship, curriculum, and the quality of faculty and students. For more information, visit http://www.uic.edu/pharmacy.