Dr Linda Hakes
It is a great honour to be asked to chair PharmSci 2014 and I am looking forward to working with the Board, Focus Groups and Secretariat to develop a programme that will appeal to the widest possible range of pharmaceutical scientists. I hope that we can not only present cutting edge science but also demonstrate how different aspects of pharmaceutical science integrate with each other in the development of new medicines. As pharmaceutical scientists, our goal is to use our knowledge and expertise to improve our understanding of medicines and thereby develop better medicines that will improve the lives of the patients who need them. Whether we work in academia or industry, the work we do should ultimately help to provide better therapeutic agents that are more effective and have fewer side effects. Some of us work much closer to the patient interface than others, but whether we are working on fundamental science or focused on technology transfer into a manufacturing facility, the work we do has the potential to change someone’s life – for the better. I hope that PharmSci 2014 will demonstrate how the many different disciplines involved in pharmaceutical science work together to bring better medicines to patients.