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Techniques & Tools Pharma & Biopharma, Professional Development, Mass Spectrometry, Liquid Chromatography

Those Who Can, Teach: Pharma Stars

In recent years, the complexity of molecules and delivery technologies used in the pharmaceutical industry has increased dramatically. Antibody–drug conjugates, polymer-conjugated small and large molecules, PLGA (poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid)) and hydrogel long-acting delivery products are just a few examples that illustrate this trend. For analytical chemists employed in the pharmaceutical industry, measurements related to new drug candidates and delivery technologies are becoming increasingly complex, and the challenges are even greater when the measurements need to be performed reliably in biological fluids. It is clear that the pharmaceutical industry of the future will demand analytical scientists with training at the highest level.

The scientific literature is rich in technical reports on new drug substances, new delivery technologies, and new analytical tools to support drug discovery and development – but discussions on how to teach future analytical scientists to navigate this constantly evolving landscape are notably lacking. The increasing use of highly complex medicinal products will also complicate bioanalysis outside the pharmaceutical industry, such as in hospital laboratories, analytical contract laboratories, forensic toxicology laboratories, and doping laboratories. 

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About the Authors

Øystein Skjærvø

School of Pharmacy, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway.


Veronika Pilařová

Department of Analytical Chemistry, Charles University, Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic.


Maria Albertovna Khalikova

Department of Analytical Chemistry, Charles University, Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic.


Leon Reubsaet

School of Pharmacy, University of Oslo, Norway.


Trine Grønhaug Halvorsen

School of Pharmacy, University of Oslo, Norway.


Astrid Gjelstad

School of Pharmacy, University of Oslo, Norway.


Elisabeth Leere Øiestad

School of Pharmacy, University of Oslo, Norway.


Elsa Lundanes

Department of Chemistry, University of Oslo, Norway.


Steven Wilson

Department of Chemistry, University of Oslo, Norway.


Stig Pedersen-Bjergaard

School of Pharmacy, University of Oslo, Norway, and Department of Pharmacy, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

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