Nov 12, 2019

Who shrank the drug factory? Briefcase-sized labs could transform medicine

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, economics, military

Historically, the pharmaceutical industry has relied on economies of scale, mixing hundreds of litres of reagents in massive reaction chambers to make millions of doses of a single drug. Bio-MOD and related systems, however, cycle small amounts of chemicals through a series of thumb-sized chambers that can produce hundreds or thousands of doses of multiple drugs, all in less than 24 hours. Several teams have won support for this vision from the US military: the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has handed out more than US$15 million to support these do-it-yourself drug-makers.

Engineers are miniaturizing pharmaceutical production in the hope of making it portable and inexpensive.

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