research development

The development of new medicinal products is a rare and complex process that requires the implementation of state-of-the-art scientific knowledge in many disciplines. Usually pharmacists who have obtained a Ph.D. in Pharmacology, Toxicology or Pharmaceutical Chemistry work on the development of new medicinal products.

Certain development activities are well suited for pharmacists. The pharmacist can play a decisive role in the development of modern dosage forms aimed at releasing the intact substance as close as possible to the site of action and to achieve the optimum release profile. He will establish the processes by which the dosage forms used in clinical trials can be manufactured and the analytical methods that ensure their quality.

He will be able to transfer the manufacturing and analytical techniques when the product enters the commercial phase.

The department that carries out the pharmacokinetic studies of active molecules in animals and man often uses the skills of pharmacists specialized in this subject.

In almost all research activities, he can only get a job if he upgrades his training. Once he has acquired in-depth knowledge, he will be in a privileged position compared to his colleagues who are less cross-trained.

A career profile within the Pharmaceutical Industry is rarely limited to a specific domain. For example, one can start with a position in research followed by a position in development or quality assurance. The multidisciplinary character of the pharmaceutical industry ensures that it is always possible to enter in a new field in the course of one’s career.