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The Academy of
Pharmaceutical Sciences
The Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences (APS) is the UK-based professional membership body for Pharmaceutical Scientists.

We represent individuals and organisations from around the globe, throughout their development, in the delivery of excellence in the Pharmaceutical Science sector.
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Professional recognition for Pharmaceutical Science Degrees

The Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences (APS) is delighted to announce that the pharmaceutical science course at the University of Greenwich has become the first APS accredited course having successfully completed the accreditation process set up by the Academy towards the end of 2017.

This is the first time that a pharmaceutical science course has been accredited in the United Kingdom and it is also, we believe, a world first.

Achieving accreditation gives assurance to students and employers that the course meets the high standards required by the Academy and that these standards will be maintained throughout the 5-year period of accreditation.

APS believes that the accreditation process will raise the profile of pharmaceutical sciences in both academia and industry. The discipline is key in the discovery, development and manufacture of new medicines and as such is central to government initiatives to encourage the pharmaceutical industry to maintain and strengthen its strong base here in the UK.

The Academy will continue to work with other stakeholders to build the science base for the ultimate benefit of patients.

APS events overview

The APS has developed an exciting and informative programme for our events in 2018.

We are re-running the Developability Workshop and Regulatory Essentials training events which have proved enormously popular when run before.

In March, we have the first one of our collaborative meetings, 'Emerging technologies in therapeutic oligonucleotides', hosted by MedImmune, followed by 'APS Current Regulatory trends and updates in parenteral drug product development' that will be informative and interactive describing the current regulatory requirements, especially focusing on recent changes in guidelines, as well as covering topical issues, trends and developments in the wider field of parenteral products.

Don’t forget to make a note of APS@FIP, linking with the 78th FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science conference.

Please take a look at our programme, with event summaries, below:

Emerging technologies in therapeutic oligonucleotides
13 March 2018 - MedImmune, Cambridge
MedImmune, AstraZeneca and GE Healthcare Life Sciences, in partnership with GSK, Roche, University of Oxford, BioMax and Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences are pleased to invite you to their sixth oligonucleotide networking event.
To learn more and to register, click here

APS Current Regulatory trends and updates in parenteral drug product development
20 - 21 March 2018 - Burleigh Court, Loughborough University
This residential course is aimed at pharmaceutical scientists and regulatory affairs professionals involved in the development, manufacture, control or registration of parenteral products. Speakers will include key industry and MHRA experts.
To learn more and to register, click here

APS Industrial Insights
26 - 27 March 2018 - Pfizer / Mylan at Discovery Park, Sandwich
EarlyBird deadline extended to midnight on Monday 5 March... register now!
An event for undergraduate and postgraduate students interested in exploring opportunities in the Pharmaceutical Industry, through a series of talks by pharmaceutical scientists working within the industry as well as a tour of the Pfizer Research and Development facilities.
To learn more and to register, click here

Accelerating paediatric formulation development
Presentation of output from SPaeDD-UK Project

28 March 2018 - Friends House, London
The Smart Paediatric Drug Development (SPaeDD) initiative co-funded by Innovate UK (the UK’s Innovation Agency) is a cross company and academic centre initiative to accelerate paediatric formulation development. The collaboration has now reached the end of its funding period and this meeting will present the final outputs from the project work streams. Each of these has produced outputs which will no doubt significantly assist the way in which medicines are developed and tested for children.
To learn more and to register, click here

APS Developability Workshop
10 - 11 April 2018 - Granta Park, Cambridge
Learn from a pharmaceutics and biopharmaceutics perspective what is required to assess a molecule in discovery and its suitability for ‘candidate selection’; determine how ‘developable’ it is with associated risk, time and cost implications; and what is needed to progress it through pre-clinical studies and into Phase 1 and 2a clinical studies to achieve Proof of Concept.
To learn more and to register, click here

APS Regulatory Essentials II
22—23 May 2018 - Burleigh Court, Loughborough University
This is a residential course aimed at pharmaceutical scientists and regulatory/quality professionals in originator and generics’ companies who will benefit from gaining a better appreciation of key elements in the development and registration of oral dosage forms.
To learn more and to register, click here

7 September 2018 - Hilton Hotel, Glasgow
Linking with the 78th FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science conference, which will take place in the city from the 2 - 6 September 2018. The theme of this conference in 2018 is 'The Science of Differentiated Medicines'.
To learn more and to register, click here

Developability for Biologicals
Inhaled Workshop
Basic Biopharmaceutics workshop
Nanomedicine drug delivery: Opportunities and Challenges
OrBiTo (Innovative Tools for Oral Biopharmaceutics) Conference


Reflections on APS PharmSci 2017 Conference

Date: 5 - 7 September 2017
Location: De Havilland Campus, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield
Conference Chair: Professor Abdul Basit (University College London)
Theme: Pharmaceutical Science without Borders

A very successful 3-day conference provided an excellent interactive face to face forum for exchange of knowledge and sharing learnings and experiences in many aspects of the pharmaceutical sciences. With 80+ inspiring speakers and over 390 delegates joined together from academia, the Pharmaceutical Industry, and service companies. During the sessions, there was a steady flow of discussion which continued into the breaks and around the exhibition stands and posters.

Young pharmaceutical scientists had their first opportunity to present either a poster or podium presentation (or indeed both!) which is a major strength of APS PharmSci.


Read more, as Linda Hakes (Retiring APS Chair) and Mark McAllister (APS Chair) talk about their experiences at this year’s PharmSci.

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