On-demand continuous-flow production of pharmaceuticals in a fridge-sized system

“Flow chemistry” is a new approach to medicines manufacturing that allows making doses one by one, rather than in large batches. This process can not only revolutionise the way we develop new pharmaceuticals, but also the way we handle outbreaks in remote areas.

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The need to improve vaccine manufacture – can the UK respond effectively to Ebola in the future?

The UK Science and Technology Committee said Britain “lacks the capacity” to produce vaccines in enough quantity to protect citizens in the event of a serious outbreak of a deadly disease such as Ebola. RiHN researchers at the University of Sussex are currently working some new approaches that have the potential to eliminate some of the problems faced in pandemic-hit countries.

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Redistributed Manufacturing – offering shorter lead times, better customisation and more resilience in Healthcare Manufacturing

Since the 1980s, UK Manufacturing has increasingly moved offshore, with a vast share of goods being produced in countries such as China, India or Bangladesh. Couple this with the fact that any ‘finished’ product will often go through different production stages, each of which can be carried out in various parts of the world, and you are often left with supply chain scenarios that have taken on near absurd scales.

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