Emerging Technologies Transforming Therapy





Additive Manufacturing, Microfluidics, Lab-on-a-chip, BioMEMS, Sustainability, Machine Learning, Emerging Technologies


The advancement of healthcare therapies is under constant development due to changing demographics and evolving disease-states. To ensure continuous furtherance of the healthcare system capacity to treat such ailments, emerging technologies (ETs) are coming to the forefront of medicine. It’s the hope that ETs are capable of covering a broad scope of therapeutic treatment areas, enabling novel pharmaceutical pathways to be established. Highlighted in this mini review are examples of focus ET areas, including additive manufacturing (AM), microfluidics (MFs), microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and machine learning (ML), that have shown promising qualities and should be targeted further to improve patient outcomes.


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Author Biography

Dimitrios Lamprou, School of Pharmacy, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, UK

Dimitrios Lamprou (Ph.D., MBA) is Full Professor (Chair) of Biofabrication and Advanced Manufacturing, and Director at MSc Industrial Pharmaceutics at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB). He is also the Chair at United Kingdom and Ireland Controlled Release Society (UKICRS) and the Chair of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences (APS) Emerging Technologies Focus Group. Dimitrios, is the author of over 150 peer-reviewed publications, has over 350 conference abstracts, has given over 150 Invited Talks in institutions and conferences across the world, and has secure Funding more than £3.5M. Dimitrios has been recognised as world leader in 3D Printing & Microfluidics. PubMed-based algorithms placed him in the top 0.088% of scholars in the world writing about 3D Printing and on the top 0.071% of scholars in the world writing about microfluidics, in the past 10-years. Moreover, PubMed-based algorithms placed him in the top 0.63% of scholars in the world writing about nanofibers. Dimitrios has also been named in the Stanford University’s list 2021 & 2022 of World’s Top 2% Scientists, for his research in Pharmaceutics and Biomedical Engineering. His research and academic leadership have been recognized in a range of awards, including the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Science Award and the Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance Leaders Scheme Award.


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How to Cite

Weaver E, Lamprou D. Emerging Technologies Transforming Therapy. JMS [Internet]. 2023 Aug. 21 [cited 2023 Dec. 11];92(3):e859. Available from: https://jms.ump.edu.pl/index.php/JMS/article/view/859



Review Papers
Received 2023-05-28
Accepted 2023-08-01
Published 2023-08-21