31 Mar '16, 6pm

The Dial-a-Drug Machine

In an engineering feat that could revolutionize the way we buy medicine, researchers have built a refrigerator-sized machine that can synthesize drugs on demand. The machine is capable of producing drugs start-to-finish—from chemical raw materials to consumable medicine—in hours. Its developers, engineers and scientists at MIT, revealed their design today in the journal Science . “It’s a cutting edge piece of work that pushes the boundaries of what’s doable,” says Rainer Martin, a senior principle scientist at Roche Innovation Center Basel in Basel, Switzerland, who was not involved with the project. “It opens a lot of new avenues,” he says. Such a machine could enable hospitals and pharmacies to produce their own drugs. It could be moved to locations where demand for medicine suddenly surges, such as epicenters of disease outbreaks and natural disasters. It could also cut...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/the-human-os/biomedical/devices/...

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