After almost 27 years as the editor of this publication, it’s bitter- sweet to announce that I’m moving on. A lot has changed in those 27 years – both in the publishing in- dustry and the pharmaceutical industry. And if you will allow me to indulge myself, let’s take quick look back in time.
Back in 1988, I had a computer, but you had to send your copy to
Desktop publishing was rolled-out in 1996 and freed
the “typesetting” department to print your files for editing. What an
advancement it was to finally get a printer in the department to speed
things up. And for those who use “cut and paste” a lot – this was
actually a “thing”. Editors would cut “dummy” copy and
paste them to boards. These boards would then be sent to
paste-up artists who would cut the camera-ready copy and
use wax to paste them to the boards that were sent to the
up a lot of our time. Time which was used to work on new websites,
e-newsletters, and webinars – all made possible by the information su-
per highway – the World Wide Web.
Back in 1988 Pharmaceutical Processing was call PACE which
stood for Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Equipment, changing to
Pharmaceutical Processing in 1990. But for years, we reported only on
the equipment used to manufacture drugs, and the majority of that
equipment was stainless steel.
Since then technology has invaded the industry: electronic
batch records signed with electronic signatures; Process Analytical
Technology, Quality by Design; the rise of single-use and disposable
technologies; the importance of biopharmaceuticals and now biosimi-lars; and the emergence of contract services as a vital contributor to
the health of the industry; have all contributed to completely change
the industry from what it was years ago.
I have met a lot of great people along the way, both in publishing
and the pharmaceutical industry. One thing that has always impressed
me is how passionate pharmaceutical professional are about their
work and how it directly impacts people.
Keep up the good work!
■ FROM THE EDITOR
One Last Wrap-Up
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Indulge me as I look back over 27
years in the industry…
■ Michael Auerbach, Editor in Chief
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