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This year, the theme for World Immunization Week is “Protected Together, #VaccinesWork.” This theme brings to heart and mind the significant efforts of those who have developed life-saving vaccinations for millions of people across the globe. It also highlights the potential for a great improvement in rates of those diseases for which vaccines are not yet available. Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is the largest, most significant respiratory disease in children and the elderly for which a successful vaccine has not yet been developed. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an average of 2.1 million outpatient visits and more than 57,000 hospitalizations among... Read More

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Authors: Dr. Ayaskant Pany and Sorika Van Niekerk Read somewhere recently: “What is the biggest constraint for tuberculosis (TB) clinical trials? RESOURCES!” This is so true not only in the theoretical sense, but also in practice. From the microbiologic point of view, the TB organism itself is so challenging. Limited funding, manpower, technology, and outreach resources add to the challenge. The scarcity of accredited myco-bacteriological laboratories that are functionally efficient, technically competent, adherent to regulatory and biological safety requirements1 presents a practical constraint. Ideally such a laboratory needs to be within the same geographical location where the trials... Read More

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My entire professional career, beginning from graduation from college, has been focused on fee-for-service analytical services supporting the pharmaceutical and drug development industry on a global basis. My first 13 years were focused on the Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) analytical services realm supporting laboratory activities that enabled formulation development, finished product testing, manufacturing, and a multitude of regulatory compliant services in this area.  With this experience under my belt, I began to look for opportunities that allowed me to gain experience, expand my knowledge, and support drug development more broadly. My path to bioanalysis: Never afraid of... Read More

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ADME , Bioanalytical Laboratories