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The Next Frontier in Molecular Engineering - Brettmann Creates Small Particles for Big Pharma
A new trend is emerging in the pharmaceutical industry: continuous drug manufacturing. Traditionally, drugs are manufactured batch by batch, which is slow and inefficient. In fact, the FDA estimates that $50 billion is lost each year in manufacturing costs due to inefficient processes. Alternatively, the continuous manufacturing process allows drugs to be made with little to no interruption, resulting in lower manufacturing costs, as well as more reliable, higher quality drugs. And ultimately, consumers will see an increase in patient access through price reductions.
Blair Brettmann, assistant professor in Georgia Tech’s School of Materials Science Engineering, currently focuses her research on novel drug manufacturing processes. Her goal is to improve the continuous manufacturing process already on the market and develop a drug production system that can scale up for commercial use. Large pharmaceutical companies are sure to take notice of her work in order to capitalize on a more efficient manufacturing process.