PCE Automation has recently developed a collaborative partnership with the University of East Anglia under the guidance of EIRA who facilitate innovation in the East of England. The partnership aims to revolutionise drug treatments and looks to innovate the procedure of delivering medication to individuals. The University of East Anglia School of Pharmacy, led by Sheng Qui has embarked on a revolutionary biotech project which seeks to produce 3D printed ‘polypills’ in order to tackle rising costs and low adherence rates in medicine uptake; enabling individuals on a range of medication, to take a single pill, constituent of their personalised prescription. This revolutionary single pill will deliver the medicine required to the various areas of the body at the right time.

PCE has worked with the UEA for 18 months and has been spearheading the 3D printing of personalised medication to overcome and remove technical barriers in an innovative partnership with the University of East Anglia School of Pharmacy. Our vast industrial experience and the guidance of EIRA has helped form a strong collaborative partnership.

Sheng Qui of The University of East Anglia School of Pharmacy stated, “This one size fits all approach comes with poor adherence in the population. In elderly patients, there is a 50% adherence, meaning not all take medication following the doctor or pharmacists advice, this equates to wastage of 300million per year to the NHS.”

James Cook comments, “Blending our Industrial experience with that of the UEA is where EIRA has been pivotal, in bridging the knowledge gap and nurturing this collaborative partnership. This project presents many opportunities to revolutionise how we take medicines to manage health conditions and to promote overall wellbeing, so we are delighted to be playing such a prominent role in this groundbreaking project.”

EIRA has released a new film that accentuates how this project has enabled research in drug treatments and biotechnology. It catches up with Dr Kenny Lang (Knowledge Exchange Fellow on EIRA Project), Dr Sheng Qui from the University of East Anglia’s School of Pharmacy and our very own MD James Cook of PCE Automation.

Watch it here: https://vimeo.com/510605059