Welcome from the editor

Happy new decade!

In avoiding the decision on when it is acceptable to still greet people with a Happy New Year I decided to change to Happy New Decade as I think we can get away with this greeting until at least May! In fact as a pedant there is an argument that the decade actually starts on the 1st January 2021 so perhaps I can use this for a little longer….

A new decade brings an opportunity to reflect on the trends over the past 10 years. Some of the things that have caught my eye include:

  1. Selfies: please see the APS board take on this!
  2. Accessible 3D printing

The first 3D printed medicine was lunched during the past decade Spritam (levitiracetam) tablets. Although a brief search informed me that 3D printed eyewash cups were introduced in 1984.

Most University science departments make extensive use of 3D printers to support lab work; I have seen papers were people have 3D printed Franz cells and other bespoke items to undertake pharmaceutical science.

  1. Podcasts

I am an avid listener to podcasts. I love the way that you can hear stories or interviews on any topic at any time; however it can be tricky to find some of the best so here are a few of my favourites (related to Pharmaceutical Science!) if you have any suggestions please let us know.

  • The Pharmcast (quite dated but some good episodes)
  • J&J Innovation Podcast
  • DrugPatentWatch
  1. Artificial intelligence

Using AI to help in the development of new medicines is an exciting and evolving area. There is potential for AI to increase the success rate of clinical testing of new drugs as well as improve adherence to medicines. Dynamic dosing is another use of AI in cancer patients where the technology can modify dosing to levels required on a per patient basis to improve the safety and efficacy of treatment.

  1. Twitter

When looking at communication it is important to consider the communication to and the communication with your audience. This newsletter is a communication to the APS membership and we welcome any feedback. Twitter is a tool that allows communication with more readily as anyone can share stories – please follow and tag the APS to boost the communication with others interested in pharmaceutical science (@APS_PharmSci).

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