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Is The Pharmaceutical Industry Ready For The Future?



For years the pharmaceutical industry has been perceived to be technologically advanced. And why wouldn’t it be? There’s a huge focus on funding research and finding new ways to progress in chemistry and human biology as well as the increasing shift to virtual online pharmacies.

But shift your attention to the production and distribution of the pharmaceuticals, however, and you’ll find that things are looking a little bit dated. The current method of producing large batches of drugs have been in place for years, and in most cases it has become an inefficient way of doing things.

It’s about time things changed, and it looks like that may just be starting to happen. New innovations are being implemented in order to maximise productivity and produce drugs that are less prone to contamination. Not only that, but it will even ensure that creating these pharmaceuticals is done in a much more environmentally friendly manner.

Continuous manufacturing is being heralded as a possible industry-saver. This is when the segmented steps of batch manufacturing are combined into one streamlined process, with much faster production times. When using this technology you get flexible, rapid output and there’s less of a need for large building space. Not only that, but this technology leaves a much smaller carbon footprint too. An eco-friendly way of producing pharmaceuticals has been needed for years, and now we might actually be on the verge of a breakthrough.

Industry experts believe that the first products made using continuous manufacturing will hit the market sometime in the early parts of 2016. Costs and carbon footprint are expected to be reduced by half, so if the early signs are promising then you can expect this method to gain traction and really dominate the industry before too long.

Pharmaceutical production could soon catch up with inventory from other sectors thanks to the help of continuous manufacturing. To put things into perspective, using the traditional batch manufacturing methods it can take 100-300 days to go from the start of production to shipment to the pharmacy.

With the implementation of continuous manufacturing that timescale could be reduced to less than ten days. Add that massive time saving to the fact that operating costs could be dramatically reduced as well then you can see why so many industry insiders are optimistic about the future. Companies may be successful without embracing these new methods for a short time, but before long they could see the industry moving on without them.

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A Good Look At How Homes Will Become More Energy Efficient Soon




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Everyone always talks about ways they can save energy at home, but the tactics are old school. They’re only tweaking the way they do things at the moment. Sealing holes in your home isn’t exactly the next scientific breakthrough we’ve been waiting for.

There is some good news because technology is progressing quickly. Some tactics might not be brand new, but they’re becoming more popular. Here are a few things you should expect to see in homes all around the country within a few years.

1. The Rise Of Smart Windows

When you look at a window right now it’s just a pane of glass. In the future they’ll be controlled by microprocessors and sensors. They’ll change depending on the specific weather conditions directly outside.

If the sun disappears the shade will automatically adjust to let in more light. The exact opposite will happen when it’s sunny. These energy efficient windows will save everyone a huge amount of money.

2. A Better Way To Cool Roofs

If you wanted to cool a roof down today you would coat it with a material full of specialized pigments. This would allow roofs to deflect the sun and they’d absorb less heat in the process too.

Soon we’ll see the same thing being done, but it will be four times more effective. Roofs will never get too hot again. Anyone with a large roof is going to see a sharp decrease in their energy bills.

3. Low-E Windows Taking Over

It’s a mystery why these aren’t already extremely popular, but things are starting to change. Read low-E window replacement reviews and you’ll see everyone loves them because they’re extremely effective.

They’ll keep heat outside in summer or inside in winter. People don’t even have to buy new windows to enjoy the technology. All they’ll need is a low-E film to place over their current ones.

4. Magnets Will Cool Fridges

Refrigerators haven’t changed much in a very long time. They’re still using a vapor compression process that wastes energy while harming the environment. It won’t be long until they’ll be cooled using magnets instead.

The magnetocaloric effect is going to revolutionize cold food storage. The fluid these fridges are going to use will be water-based, which means the environment can rest easy and energy bills will drop.

5. Improving Our Current LEDs

Everyone who spent a lot of money on energy must have been very happy when LEDs became mainstream. Incandescent light bulbs belong in museums today because the new tech cut costs by up to 85 percent.

That doesn’t mean someone isn’t always trying to improve on an already great invention. The amount of lumens LEDs produce per watt isn’t great, but we’ve already found a way to increase it by 25 percent.

Maybe Homes Will Look Different Too

Do you think we’ll come up with new styles of homes that will take off? Surely it’s not out of the question. Everything inside homes seems to be changing for the better with each passing year. It’s going to continue doing so thanks to amazing inventors.

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IEMA Urge Government’s Industrial Strategy Skills Overhaul To Adopt A “Long View Approach”



IEMA, in response to the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, have welcomed the focus on technical skills and education to boost “competence and capability” of tomorrow’s workforce.

Policy experts at the world’s leading professional association of Environment and Sustainability professionals has today welcomed Prime Minister Teresa May’s confirmation that an overhaul of technical education and skills will form a central part of the Plan for Britain – but warns the strategy must be one for the long term.

Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor at IEMA said this morning that the approach and predicted investment in building a stronger technical skills portfolio to boost the UK’s productivity and economic resilience is positive, and presents an opportunity to drive the UK’s skills profile and commitment to sustainability outside of the EU.

Commenting on the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, Baxter said today:

“Government must use the Industrial Strategy as an opportunity to accelerate the UK’s transition to a low-carbon, resource efficient economy – one that is flexible and agile and which gives a progressive outlook for the UK’s future outside the EU.

We welcome the focus on skills and education, as it is vital that tomorrow’s workforce has the competence and capability to innovate and compete globally in high-value manufacturing and leading technology.

There is a real opportunity with the Industrial Strategy, and forthcoming 25 year Environment Plan and Carbon Emissions Reduction Plan, to set long-term economic and environmental outcomes which set the conditions to unlock investment, enhance natural capital and provide employment and export opportunities for UK business.

We will ensure that the Environment and Sustainability profession makes a positive contribution in responding to the Green Paper.”

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