E3 - Pharmaceutical scientists of the future – Ensuring quality


Linda Hakes (Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Germany)


Pharmaceutical science is key to the development of new medicines. Pharmaceutical scientists play important roles in formulation and development, drug delivery, product manufacture and quality control, quality assurance and regulatory affairs, to name but a few. In the past, pharmacists often found a career within such roles, using the science content of their pharmacy degree to contribute to the quality and innovation of new medicines. Nowadays, with pharmacists becoming more focused on clinical roles, the development of medicines relies increasingly on pharmaceutical scientists who may have a background in a wide variety of sciences, but not necessarily pharmacy. This session will discuss the importance of a robust education in pharmaceutical sciences for both pharmacists and pharmaceutical science graduates and will provide an example of an accreditation process which has been implemented in UK and could be used in a wider context to provide quality assurance of pharmaceutical science degrees.


1) Pharmaceutical science in the development of new medicines – from concept to approval

Takashi Mano (Pharmaceutical R&D, CMC &Production HQs Ono Pharmaceutical, Japan)

2) Training drug hunters – integrating clinical development into a pharmaceutical science degree

Denis deBlois (Preclinical Drug Discovery Université de Montréal, Canada)

3) Pharmaceutical science degree accreditation – the APS model

William Dawson (Bionet, UK)

4) Balancing basic and clinical pharmaceutical science in a pharmacy degree

Craig Svensson (Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Purdue University College of Pharmacy, USA)

Learning Objectives

– Describe the contribution of pharmaceutical science to the development of new medicines

– Identify key components of a robust pharmaceutical science degree

– Explain why a good understanding of pharmaceutical science is essential to all pharmacists

– Describe some modern teaching practices to link the understanding of science with benefit to patients