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By Kaushal Dave

Kaushal DaveWe as human beings have used all possible resources, including plants and animals, for our survival and growth. The quality of life and life expectancy of human beings have improved over time, thanks to natural resources and the human brain. Animals have been our closest friends and have contributed to our survival by providing food, clothes, shelter, and transportation. So what can we do to reciprocate? As pharmaceutical scientists, the least we can do is to improve their health, and thus their quality of life, through innovative medicines.

Thanks to the thousands of pharmaceutical scientists around the world, today we have hundreds of medicines specially developed for animals, despite various challenges including cost and weather sensitivity, multiple species and breeds, variability in animal weights, consumer compliance and convenience, user and target animal safety, husbandry practices, and differences in metabolism and biology. Each of these factors poses a challenge for pharmaceutical scientists during the drug development stage. For example, studies have shown that the half-life of drugs between different animal species could vary greatly. Pharmaceutical scientists have to cross several such hurdles before a veterinary medicine makes it to the market. Many of us are not very aware of the challenges and the opportunities in this discipline of science. Here is a great opportunity to learn more about this.

VeterinarianAAPS and the Controlled Release Society, two premier scientific organizations in the area of drug delivery and pharmaceuticals, have organized a two-day workshop titled Animal Health Drug R&D: Formulation, Delivery and Development to Market. The workshop will be held at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, Calif., on November 1–2, 2014, just before the 2014 AAPS Annual Meeting and Exposition. The workshop will focus on all aspects of animal health product development such as: 1) formulation research in novel animal health molecules, 2) routes of delivery relevant to animal health product development, 3) veterinary market—opportunities, regulatory issues and innovation, and 4) research and industrialization challenges in veterinary product development.

So thank your furry friends for their contribution to the mankind and learn more about ways to help them, by attending this meaningful workshop. I look forward to seeing you all there!

You can find out more about this exciting event here and here.

Kaushal Dave is a final year Ph.D. student at the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, South Dakota State University and completed his Master of Pharmacy at Rajeev Gandhi University of Health Sciences, India. He has 18 months of industrial experience in formulation research, and his current research focuses on localized delivery of therapeutics against breast cancer.