Monday, August 4, 2008

'For drug discovery and development, students need to be educated to an appropriate level'

Young people underestimate the prospects and opportunities in India

Every time when we swallow a tablet, we ignore the technique behind its making. A tablet is not made on a tablet press as commonly believed; instead it is made in the `granulation' process: a technique mastered by a native of Thirukkovilur.
Meet Dr Bindhumadhavan Gururajan, Senior Scientist, working to develop products at Anglo-Swedish drug company AstraZeneca's Research and Development centre at Leicestershire, UK. While today he is recognised as a renowned expert on granulation, for Dr Bindhu (as he is affectionately called), it was not easy to know that powdered sugar would be difficult to compress into a tablet and granulated sugar would be easy to compress!

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