"The smart chemists and pharmacists are trained in Ukraine", – said
Dmitry Shimkiv, the head of Darnitsa Group`s board of directors, in the recent interview with Liga.net. The Ukrainian technologists are being "hunted" by the foreign competitors of the Ukrainian pharmaceutical giants.
The qualified professionals, modern equipment and the latest technologies allow to create almost any kind of medicines in Ukraine. The only problem is that the volume of investment for development is still unaffordable for the Ukrainian pharmaceutical companies.
According to the research by Top Lead (conducted with the support of Darnitsa pharmaceutical company and Aequo attorneys at law) global pharmaceutical companies spend an average $ 500 million to create a single medicine, conduct it through all clinical trials, register and put it on the market.
Therefore the Ukrainian pharmacology is focused on the production of generics — it follows the global trend when developed countries stimulate the production of authorized copies of original drugs, that are equally beneficial either for patients or the country and manufacturers.
However, the balance of demand and supply in the labour market of the pharmaceutical industry may be disrupted in the future. According to Shimkiv, a technologically complicated production process has been constructed, analytical chemistry is used and elements of complex calculations as well, experiments and clinical trials are conducted.
Digitalization, automation and robotization of manufacturing processes, Big Data — all that has been already implemented or is being implemented at the manufacturing facilities of the Ukrainian pharmaceutical giants. Leading global companies are partners for the pharmacists in this process. For example, "Darnitsa" in conjunction with SAP and Microsoft has implemented the project of migration of ERP platform into the Azur cloud. Today, the company implements electronic document management together with Opentext, Stratesys and SAP.
The Ukrainian drug manufacturers should be ready to face the new challenges in a few years — when robots, artificial intelligence and complicated analytical systems try to replace pharmacists, senior pharmacists, and pharmaceutical manufacturing technologists.
Liga.net tried to find out how today`s students, who dream of creating the magic pills against all diseases, can compete with the latest technologies, and which professions in the pharmaceutical industry will remain in demand in the future.