Modern Chemistry Podcast

Jeff Sperry - Safer, earlier.

Episode Summary

Episode 7 of the modern Chemistry podcast is the first one recorded since the start of the global COVID 19 pandemic. Jeff Sperry and I talk about how safety analysis is vital earlier in process development, specifically drug discovery, rather than waiting until you have a new process and being told it's not safe. We also discuss the impact of the pandemic on his work & working practices at the beginning. So, if you’ve had enough virus chat, scroll through the first five minutes after the intro

Episode Notes

One minor clarification  Jeff asked me to make - at around 7:15  he mentions that Vertex  does not do any commercial manufacturing in-house.  Vertex does not perform in-house, commercial scale production of drug substances.

You will hear the following terms used during the interview.  I’ve included some descriptions and links to deeper reading. 


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