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Christopher J. H. Porter

The Power List 2017 – Masters of the Bench

Christopher J. H. Porter

Professor, Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Monash University

“Scientifically, the realization that the interaction between drug formulations and digestive enzymes in the gut can dictate subsequent patterns of absorption, and that directing drugs to the lymphatic system can have both pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic consequences, has driven much of the activity in my lab over the last 15 years. Beyond that, a key determinant of the impact of my work has been my good fortune to work with a fantastic group of academic and industrial collaborators.”

“I realize that this is a utopian and perhaps unrealistic aim, but I’d like to see a greater emphasis on addressing unmet medical need in a manner that is not driven by market size. If the lack of new solutions to combat antimicrobial resistance has taught us anything, it is perhaps that leaving the direction of drug discovery to what is most profitable, while understandable within current commercial models, is not always in our best interests.”

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