Green Chemistry and Sustainable Pharmaceuticals

 

EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Award

EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Award (Photo credit: jurvetson)

 

I didn’t know that “green chemistry” existed until I saw Buzz Cue (BWC Pharma Consulting) speak last night.  Wow!  It turns out that Pharma has more waste and a greater footprint per kilogram of product than almost any other chemical product!  An early focus on choosing less toxic solvents and reagents can not only reduce that footprint but can also radically reduce the cost of production.  And while China is requiring all the chemical engineers that graduate there to have a good knowledge of green chemistry, the USA is nowhere near this.  UC-Berkeley is one of the universities offering this.

 

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