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March 2021 Issue of The Medicine Maker

In our March issue, we examine the impact of COVID-19 on pharma, from the use of digital platforms for communication and training to the operational challenges of producing glass vials for vaccines. In Business, we also discuss the long-lasting influence of Brexit on pharma within the UK and beyond its shores. Meanwhile, our cover feature provides a snapshot of the progress being made in neuroscience R&D. Finally, we sit down with Jason Lacombe, CEO of Veratrak, who argues the cases for the uptake of blockchain technologies.

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Articles featured in this issue

Discovery & Development COVID-19

Selfishness and Stupidity?

| Stephanie Vine

We have vaccines. Now, pharma’s mission is to address novel variants. And vaccine hesitancy.

Manufacture Small Molecules

Let’s cHAT About Drugs

| Maryam Mahdi

Does pharma really need to pay a high price when it comes to synthetic chemistry?

Discovery & Development Small Molecules

The Powder Problem

| Stephanie Vine

What happens when the same batch of powder gives different results when tested with different laser diffraction testing machines?

Business & Regulation Standards & Regulation

An Inspector Calls?

| Stephanie Vine

How can the FDA tackle the inspection backlog?

Discovery & Development Clinical Trials

A Weighty Loss

| Stephanie Vine

A diabetes drug repurposed for treating obesity shows promise.

Business & Regulation Vaccines

V for Victory?

| Stephanie Vine

Sputnik V (finally and definitely) starts rolling review with the EMA.

Manufacture Bioprocessing - Upstream & Downstream

Medicine Making on Mars

| Stephanie Vine

How will astronauts make medicines in space?

Manufacture Packaging

Who’s the Winner?

| Stephanie Vine

And the winner of The Medicine Maker 2020 Innovation Awards is…

Business & Regulation Business Practice

Many Hands Make Light Work

| Camille Hertzka

Industry collaboration can only result in better treatments for lung cancer.

Manufacture Advanced Medicine

Purifying Gene Therapy

| Akash Bhattacharya

High-level purification maximizes the amount of therapeutic gene payload being delivered with each vector to reduce the risk of immune reaction.

Manufacture Technology and Equipment

Digital Discussion

| Jaleel Shujath

How can artificial intelligence improve access to novel therapeutics?

Discovery & Development Drug Discovery

On the Cusp of Change

| Maryam Mahdi

Is pharma now ushering in a new era of precision in neuroscience R&D?

Discovery & Development Drug Discovery

R&D Without Borders

| Maryam Mahdi

Parkinson’s UK is accelerating drug development through its virtual biotech.

Discovery & Development Drug Discovery

Bridging the Barrier

| Nitin Joshi

Traversing the blood-brain-barrier using nanoparticle technology.

Manufacture Business Practice

No Deal; No More

| James Strachan

After years of speculation, we reveal what Brexit really means for pharma – so far.

Manufacture Bioprocessing - Upstream & Downstream

Biopharma Trends to Watch

| Priyanka Gupta, Amélie Boulais

Find out about the five top trends that will shape biopharma manufacture in 2021.

Manufacture Small Molecules

Two Grand Challenges for Pharma

| Stephanie Vine

A pair of medicines manufacturing initiatives are looking to improve continuous direct compression and clinical trial supply.

Business & Regulation Digital Technologies

Blockchain Brainiac

| Stephanie Vine

We sit down with Jason Lacombe, CEO of Veratrak, to find out more about blockchain for pharma.

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