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SELECTBIO Conferences Microfluidics & Flow Chemistry Europe 2020

Paul Watts's Biography



Paul Watts, Research Chair in Microfluidic Bio/Chemical Processing, Nelson Mandela University

Prof Paul Watts started his career as a lecturer at the University of Hull in 2002, being promoted to full professor in 2011. At the University of Hull he led the micro reactor and flow technology group. In February 2013, he moved to Nelson Mandela University to hold the distinguished position of ‘Research Chair in Microfluidic Bio/Chemical Processing’. He has published of over 120 highly cited papers. He strongly believes that scientists should conduct research that impacts society; the biggest project underway involves the local production of key drugs as the morbidity and mortality from major diseases are much more devastating in Africa than in other regions of the world. The vision is that new technology will be used within South Africa to manufacture generic drugs; this could create jobs and a new manufacturing industry within the country.

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Continuous Flow Manufacturing: Africa’s Possibility of Developing API Manufacturing

Thursday, 10 September 2020 at 09:00

Add to Calendar ▼2020-09-10 09:00:002020-09-10 10:00:00Europe/LondonContinuous Flow Manufacturing: Africa’s Possibility of Developing API ManufacturingMicrofluidics and Flow Chemistry Europe 2020 in Rotterdam, The NetherlandsRotterdam, The NetherlandsSELECTBIOenquiries@selectbiosciences.com

While Africa has a variety of companies that formulate medicines it does not have any form of pharmaceutical industry that manufactures the active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) with the consequence that these need to be imported from overseas. This results in increased drug costs making medications unaffordable to most patients in Africa as they fall in the low-middle income bracket. To this effect, we are working on developing local drug manufacturing capacity in Africa using continuous flow technology, with the goal of lowering the cost of drugs, improving drug accessibility and ultimately improving Africa’s health. We are developing cost effective and efficient continuous flow synthetic processes towards a variety of drugs to demonstrate that they can be manufactured at lower cost in Africa.


Add to Calendar ▼2020-09-10 00:00:002020-09-11 00:00:00Europe/LondonMicrofluidics and Flow Chemistry Europe 2020Microfluidics and Flow Chemistry Europe 2020 in Rotterdam, The NetherlandsRotterdam, The NetherlandsSELECTBIOenquiries@selectbiosciences.com