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Are we expecting too much from the EMA’s MLM service?

Posted on December 16th, 2015 by


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At the beginning of September 2015, the EMA launched the Medical Literature Monitoring (MLM) service. I recently read the EMA’s MLM launch phase closure report in addition to information from a recent EMA information day and have highlighted some key points below. Continue reading “Are we expecting too much from the EMA’s MLM service?” »

Propelling tomorrow’s chemistry stars

Posted on December 14th, 2015 by


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After years of hard work, late nights and hours of toil in the lab, the sought after chemistry PhD can aid young scientists towards a successful career. In such a competitive setting, it’s vital to make sure you stand out as a researcher from the start. Continue reading “Propelling tomorrow’s chemistry stars” »

Are We Silently Suffering from Chemophobia?

Posted on December 4th, 2015 by



As a chemist you work with chemical compounds every day studying, mixing, separating, modifying. You know that we are made up of chemicals, and that if we zoom in close enough we will be visible as clusters of proteins, lipids, sugars, some metals and nonmetals. Continue reading “Are We Silently Suffering from Chemophobia?” »

Taxonomy to answers

Posted on December 1st, 2015 by

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What is a Taxonomy?
A taxonomy is a system to classify objects or concepts. We all use such systems to bring order into different aspects of our lives, be it food in the refrigerator, clothes in the closet or files on our laptops. Continue reading “Taxonomy to answers” »

French ePharmaDay 2015: New EU Clinical Trial Regulation and Data Transparency

Posted on November 24th, 2015 by



On 16 April 2014, the new EU Clinical Trial Regulation on medicines for human use was adopted. The purpose of the new Clinical Trial Regulation is to create an environment that is favourable for conducting clinical trials, with the highest standards for patient safety, within the EU. Continue reading “French ePharmaDay 2015: New EU Clinical Trial Regulation and Data Transparency” »

Express your “Pharma Pride”, Clearly Communicate Science

Posted on November 23rd, 2015 by

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Have you ever tried googling ‘Pharma Industry’? Right after Wikipedia, page after page, you will find various articles referring to ‘Getting High on Fat Profits’, ‘Holding Big Pharma Accountable’. Continue reading “Express your “Pharma Pride”, Clearly Communicate Science” »

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