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Manufacture Business Practice, Small Molecules, Trends & Forecasts

Meet The Green Team

Why should modern medicine makers engage with green chemistry and environmental sustainability? Compliance with existing environmental legislation is a given, but we also need to look at what’s around the corner. Products are increasingly being scrutinized by shareholders and stakeholders alike in terms of green credentials like carbon footprint and environmental fate. The industry will be held to ever-higher standards in terms of our impact on society and the natural world.

But it’s more than being a good corporate citizen. Greener and more sustainable manufacturing means the elimination of hazardous and environmentally damaging materials, lower usage of input materials, reagents and solvents, so less demand on natural resources and less waste to dispose of at the end of the process. This should simplify supply chains and lower costs – it’s good business sense.

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About the Author

Andy Wells

Andy Wells started his scientific journey as an industrial analytical chemist, moving into the synthesis of organophosphorus ligands and novel organometallics for his PhD, then into the synthesis of pharmaceuticals. He has worked both within industry and in the consulting business, and collaborated with a number of leaders in green chemistry and sustainable manufacturing looking to bring new medicines to patients whilst minimizing any environmental impact. Commenting on changing attitudes to green chemistry, Andy says, “When I finished my PhD in 1985, green chemistry as a concept was unheard of, moving to a quirky and niche area in the mid-1990’s, and now business-as-usual for several big pharma companies.”

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