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The recent news surrounding the closure of the Pfizer site at Sandwich is very disappointing and a significant setback for Pharmaceutical Sciences in the UK. The news is also a great personal blow for those working at the Pfizer site and I very much hope that some Pharmaceutical activity will be able to continue at Sandwich in some guise or other. The Academy of Pharmaceutical Science, as a genuine gesture to support Pharmaceutical Science, will be hosting job adverts on its website free of charge for the foreseeable future. Please contact the Academy directly for information around the advertisement of vacancies. In these difficult times it is important that we continue to promote Pharmaceutical Science and actively demonstrate that the UK is a place which leads the world in both in terms of the quality and breadth of work which takes place within its shores.

Posted by: Martin Snowden @ 14.54 


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Advertise Vacancies for FREE

The closure of the Pfizer R&D; site at Sandwich was a real shock to the pharmaceutical community and, in combination with other recent announcements of site closures, there is now a wealth of talent available that simply cannot be lost for the sake of science in the UK. The Academy of Pharmaceutical  Sciences wishes to help their cause and, following a number of enquiries regarding job opportunities in pharmaceutical industry since the announcement, has taken the decision to offer its services to act as an opportunities hub for the pharmaceutical science community by offering to advertise any vacancies on its website for FREE. Please visit the vacancies section of the APS website ( for more details on how to submit vacancies or e-mail the secretariat at [email protected]

There are almost 1000 people now connected to the APS via the Linked-In community ( Hence please continue to use this as a discussion forum and encourage others to sign up to ensure the APS continues to develop as the voice for pharmaceutical sciences and to generate an active vacancies web-site to help support affected colleagues search for new positions.

Posted by: Robert Harrison @ 09.17 


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PharmSci 2011 - Sponsorship and exhibition opportunties

Sponsorship and Exhibition opportunites for PharmSci 2011 have just been announced, for full details or to book your sponsorship or exhibition space visit

Posted by: Robert Harrison @ 12.24 
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Chairman's Blog

I would like to wish all members and followers of the academy a very Happy New Year. The academy is moving forward with the introduction of post nominal qualifications for all members. These will be implemented from March 1st and will include "student member", Member (MAPS) and Fellow (FAPS). The secretariat of the academy will be in touch with respect to your membership in the coming weeks.
The academy is very conscious of its role as been a facilitator and promoter of the latest developments in the Pharmaceutical Sciences and to ensure that we continue to do this effectively we are revising and boosting our Focus groups. There are several important scientific and professional conferences being organised by the academy and its focus groups in 2011, please click on the events to get more details. We will be shortly putting out the 2nd call for papers for the academys conference PharmSci 2011 "The Science of Medicines". 
For our early career members I would particularly like to draw your attention to the Industrial Insights meeting, April 14th & 15th at Pfizer, Sandwich, Kent. I am attending myself and I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible at the event. The academy is always keen to work with partner organisations and through collaboration ensure the very best subject leaders are given a conference platform to disseminate the work taking places within that discipline. It is also through collaboration and partnership that we can draw strength and influence to ensure that the promotion and advancement of Pharmaceutical Science continues to be a key priority through 2011 and beyond.

Posted by: Martin Snowden @ 12.00 


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Call for Papers
The Abstract Submission process for UK-PharmSci 2011 has now started.  If you would like to submit an abstract for consideration then visit for details and to download the abstract submission template.

Posted by: Robert Harrison @ 12.14 


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Chairman's Blog

I am delighted to introduce the APS new look website. Please have a good look round. Please also have a look at the “about us” section as the Board of the Academy have very ambitious plans to move the APS forward to be an excellent Professional body for Pharmaceutical Science in the UK working for both the benefit of the science and its members. Current members of the Academy will be contacted shortly to advise them of the new membership structure and we hope to be receiving applications for admission to Fellowship in the New Year.

Over seven hundred pharmaceutical scientists attended the UK-PharmSci Conference 2010 earlier this year (you can view some of the presentations, photos and video from the event at Now the programme committee is hard at work on UK-PharmSci Conference 2011 to develop another exciting programme that will appeal to those working in the various topic areas of the pharmaceutical sciences.

The Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences is delighted to announce the Science Chair for UK-PharmSci Conference 2011 is Professor Richard Guy of the University of Bath whose research interests include skin barrier function characterisation, transdermal drug delivery, enhancement of percutaneous absorption, and skin penetration and topical bioavailability.

The aim of the UK-PharmSci Conference 2011 is to showcase the best of pharmaceutical science from the UK, and around the world. It will bring together academic and industrial institutions, discuss state-of-the-art technologies and provide a platform for the development of new pharmaceutical talent.

So, please make a note now of the dates for your diaries - 31st Aug to 2nd September 2011 at the East Midlands Conference Centre, University Park, Nottingham.

If you have any ideas with respect to future activities for the Academy please do not hesitate to contact me.

Professor Martin Snowden

Posted by: Martin Snowden @ 11.23 


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Conference Chair Confirmed

The Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences is delighted to announce the Science Chair for UK-PharmSci 2011 is Professor Richard Guy of the University of Bath.

Richard Guy has held academic posts at the University of California, San Francisco, the University of Geneva, and the University of Bath where he is currently Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology. Dr. Guy's research is focused in the areas of skin barrier function characterization, transdermal drug delivery, enhancement of percutaneous absorption, iontophoresis, noninvasive biosensing of blood glucose and other analytes, and the prediction and assessment of skin penetration and topical bioavailability.

Posted by: Robert Harrison @ 15.20 


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