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Breakthrough Offers a Better Way to Make Drugs
An MIT-Novartis collaboration could be a boost for so-called “continuous flow” manufacturing.Despite the huge amounts of money that the pharmaceutical industry spends on drug discovery, it is notoriously old-fashioned in how it actually makes its products. Most drugs are made in batch processes, in which the ingredients, often powders, are added in successive and often disconnected steps. The process resembles a bakery more than it does a modern chemistry lab. That could be about to change.
Source: Technology Review
Tuesday, Nov 06, 2012, 8:35am