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School of Chemical Engineering

The University of Adelaide Australia

About Pharmaceutical Engineers

What do Pharmaceutical Engineers do?

Pharmaceutical Engineers are vital to improving the health and well being of society through the development, large-scale production, packaging and delivery of health-care products. In particular Pharmaceutical Engineers:

  • Participate in inter-disciplinary teams working to discover new pharmaceutical compounds and develop them for market delivery
  • Determine, on a laboratory scale, the exact quantities of each constituent needed to form a given quantity of new pharmaceutical compounds
  • Produce pharmaceutical compounds on a scale appropriate for extensive testing to ensure safety and efficacy of use
  • Devise the chemistry to produce pharmaceutical compounds in a consistent and pure form
  • Design and implement economically viable manufacturing processes to produce pharmaceutical compounds in a manner that is safe and maintains the effectiveness of the laboratory scale chemical process
  • Engineer systems to deliver the correct dosage of pharmaceutical product for specific conditions and, increasingly, to deliver the personalised medicines targeted to the needs of individual patients

Where do Pharmaceutical Engineers work?

  • Pharmaceutical
  • Nanotechnology
  • Biotechnology
  • Biomedical
  • Food & Food Additives
  • Nutrition
  • Cosmetics & Personal Products