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Pharmaceutical engineers develop and manufacture products for the drug and medical world. They work to improve processes by which drugs are made and study and develop the components or 'ingredients' that make up certain pharmaceuticals. As a specific discipline, pharmaceutical engineering is relatively new and crosses widely into other areas, including chemical engineering, biomedical engineering, pharmacy and medicine.
There are four key areas that a pharmaceutical engineer will become involved with:
The pharmaceutical world is fast growing and roles for pharmaceutical engineers are becoming increasingly widespread. There is constant pressure on the trade to ensure that drugs are safe for general use and this comes under the responsibility of the engineer.
Engineers must always think of the customer/patient when conducting any stage of their research or product delivery.
Two of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, GlaxoSmithKline and Astra Zenica, are based in the UK.