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Pharmaceutical Sciences
The Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences is the professional body for the Pharmaceutical Sciences in United Kingdom. A Pharmaceutical Scientist is an individual who contributes to bringing a new drug from concept through to a medicinal product. This includes, but is not exclusive to, individuals in academia, industry, regulation, clinical research and manufacturing.

The mission of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences is to champion innovation and opportunity in Pharmaceutical Sciences for the delivery of medicines.

In order to achieve this mission, our aims are to:

  • Promote the Pharmaceutical Sciences to stakeholders to facilitate understanding and achieve engagement
  • Share learning, drive collaboration, partnership and innovation
  • Deliver insights into industry and academic roles for aspiring scientists
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The APS launches its new Parenterals Focus Group
The APS would like to announce the launch of its new Parenterals Focus Group. The group will provide a network for those interested in the science and technology of parenteral products and will aim to raise the profile of parenteral product development in the UK by stimulating scientific collaborations and providing a forum for information sharing and discussion of ‘hot topics’.. The group are interested in all aspects of parenteral product development but the steering committee have identified the following three themes to shape their initial programme over the coming year.. Meeting the needs of the user (medics, pharmacists, nurses and patients) – addressing current issues and preparing for the patient and products of the future. Alternative drying technologies for biotherapeutics and small molecules (in collaboration with the Biotherapeutics FG) . Challenges with the administration of parenteral products (‘in-use’ stability, giving set compatibility, interactions with co‑medications etc.) . The launch event for the Parenterals group will take place at this year’s UKPharmSci meeting in September. The group will be hosting a session on the afternoon of Tuesday September 9th entitled:. ‘Parenteral Drug Development: The Challenges of Adapting to Changing Patient Needs’ . During this session we will explore how the pharma industry can respond to the needs of the future, both in terms of the delivery of new types of parenteral medications, such as nanomedicines, as well as the ways in which parenteral products are administered e.g. home administration. The event will conclude with a roundtable discussion which we hope will help drive the future agenda of the group.. We are also planning a joint event with the Therapeutic Vaccines and Biologics Focus group – watch this space for further details.. You can stay up to date with the Parenterals Focus group developments by subscribing to our focus group from the ‘my account’ tab of the APS web-page. If you are interested in joining the steering committee, please contact Jo Broadhead or Jo Simmons by using the contact button on our focus group web-page..
APS launch new Microbiology & Anti-Infectives Focus Group
The APS would like to announce the launch of its new Microbiology and Anti-infectives Focus Group. Details on its mission and how to get involved are given below:. . Scope . The Microbiology and Anti-infectives focus group is being launched in 2014 to provide a forum for the promotion of pharmaceutical microbiology and anti-infectives research and development within the academic, regulatory and industrial pharmaceutical sciences. The focus group is open to all members with an interest in pharmaceutical microbiology, antibiotic resistance, anti-infectives research and development, antibiotic innovation and regulatory developments. . . The main aims of this focus group are:. . To provide a forum for discussion of all aspects of pharmaceutical microbiology and anti-infectives research and development, that are of interest to members of the APS Seek to raise the profile of pharmaceutical microbiology and anti-infectives research across the pharmaceutical and allied sciences To underpin the importance of microbiology to the pharmaceutical sciences and innovation Collaborate and coordinate with other relevant organisations active in the field Provide continuing education for the membership, through annual symposia and focused meetings . Launch meeting. An initial meeting of the Microbiology & Anti-infectives focus group is planned for May 19th, School of Pharmacy, Queen’s University Belfast. At this meeting we will identify and prioritise the main areas of interest for the focus group with a view to organising an ongoing programme of 1-2 day meetings. At this meeting a steering group will be formed to develop the ongoing themes of the focus group activities.. . A programme is currently under development for PharmSci 2014 (8th – 10th September 2014, University of Hertfordshire); please consider submitting your abstracts for oral/poster presentations. Wiley-Blackwell have kindly agreed to sponsor a prize for the best poster in the Pharmaceutical Microbiology category, the winner will receive £100 and a copy of Hugo & Russell’s Pharmaceutical Microbiology 8th Edition.. . If you are interested in attending the launch meeting, becoming involved in the steering committee or joining the Microbiology & Anti-infectives Focus Group, please contact Brendan Gilmore via the FG website at the following link:. .
Progress within the IMI OrBiTo project
Predictive tools for oral biopharmaceutics GSK, Stevenage Tuesday 13th May 2014 The Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) ORBITO project is a pre-competitive collaboration between pharma, academia and specialist technology companies which aims to enhance our understanding of how orally-administered drugs are absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract and apply this knowledge to develop new in vitro tests and in silico models that will better predict the performance of oral formulations in patients ( The OrBiTo project started in October 2012 and this is the first open meeting at which key progress will be shared with the wider scientific community. Professor Gordon Amidon will also present an update from his on-going research programme on assessing the bioperformance of oral drug products. This meeting is aimed at industrial and academic scientists working in the areas of biopharmaceutics, formulation design, regulatory CMC and analytical development. Scientists who are new to the area will also find the meeting useful for gaining a broad understanding of the key scientific and technical issues relevant to oral biopharmaceutics. Poster presentations are welcomed from all attendees. For more information, please visit us online at:
Skin Forum 2014, September 4th and 5th, Prague, Czech Republic.
. The final programme and registration forms for this year's joint Skin Forum - APV meeting are now available on the APV website at the following links: . . Programme and Fees. . . Abstract Submission. . . Programme and Fees. . This year's programme features a dedicated industrial transdermal formulation session. For any queries related to the meeting please contact: . . . . . . . .
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APS Amorphous by Design 2014
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