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Drug Delivery Technologies: Innovations and Market Challenges - A Report in The Biotechnology Reports Series

The drug delivery industry has been something of a Cinderella until recently. It is clearly appropriate that as the biotechnology industry becomes more prominent as a source of medicines - albeit typically macromolecules rather than the smaller, organic molecules of the traditional, mainstream pharmaceutical industry - this report should issue in the Biotechnology Reports series. Nevertheless, this report does pay major attention to smaller sized pharmaceutical molecules. The information contained within it is not of a highly technical nature. However, there are already many publications meeting the needs of the pharmaceutical scientist active in the area. This report addresses the non-technical needs of this and other audiences.

An introductory chapter makes the case for the importance of drug delivery in the development of both novel compounds and established products. The various advantages of drug delivery technologies are delineated, as are the various barriers which drug delivery technologies seek to address. A useful discussion of how pharmaceutical and biotechnological industry dynamics are underpinning a growth rate of 15 to 20 per cent per year in the drug delivery industry, is enhanced by useful examples such as patent extension strategies for Eli Lilly with Prozac and AstraZeneca with Losec.


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A review by Dr Roy Drucker, General Manager of Technomark Consulting Services Limited

Roy Drucker joined the European R&D arm of Sterling Drug Inc as a Medical Advisor. He was promoted to being responsible for clinical pharmacology, drug metabolism and bioanalysis in Europe. In 1986 he moved to the Upjohn Company, subsequently Pharmacia & Upjohn, Inc., where he held a range of international responsibilities. His positions there included Director of Marketing with responsibility for worldwide marketing of cardiovascular products; Executive Director, European Community Affairs and Business Systems; and Vice-President, Drug Development, with global responsibility in multiple therapeutic areas for clinical drug development and medical support for marketed products.

A graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program, a member of the Securities Institute and an FSA registered Approved Person, Roy has been based in Belgium, the UK, and the US. He has been General Manager of Technomark since September 1996.

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