Traditional Pharma, Welcome to the Future: 2020
What lies ahead for the world of small molecule manufacturing? Nanotechnology, 3D printing, and augmented reality
Stephanie Sutton | | Longer Read
This article was published in our sister publication, The Small Molecule Manufacturer, which celebrates the field of small molecule drug development and manufacturing with interviews and articles focusing on success stories, equipment, and new processing techniques. Read more about The Small Molecule Manufacturer here https://themedicinemaker.com/manufacture/small-but-never-forgotten
As we enter any new year, it’s customary to both look back on the year that was and towards the one to come. As we enter a new decade, the desire to do so intensifies. The year 2020 feels particularly ripe for the assessment of progress – especially as a number of sci-fi movies and books are set in this snappy-sounding year (and typically feature advanced technology, apocalyptic landscapes, and anything from robots to dragons to aliens to more robots). At the time of writing, dragons had not emerged from underground to destroy the Earth (we are only in Q1), but one thing is certain: our world has changed dramatically because of constantly advancing technologies, which not only affect our everyday lives, but also entire industries, including pharma.
Our industry is known to be conservative (sometimes for good reason) and yet, in recent years, it has come to embrace a number of advances that were once considered the domain of science fiction: nanotechnology, 3D printing, augmented reality. Clearly, these innovations have had far less drastic effects than creators of fiction may have liked but, ultimately, they will help deliver better medicines to patients.
Here, we present just a snapshot of the interesting technologies that could be coming to a drug development project near you.
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