The Sustainable Medicines in Africa program, which includes a master’s degree in biotechnology innovation and regulatory science from Purdue University, returned to Arusha, Tanzania in March of 2022.  About 100 students and instructors gathered in the vast complex at St. Carolus for two weeks, participating in group projects, laboratory experiments, and lectures.

The topics for this latest session were heavily concentrated on Systems Thinking, Leadership Topics, Supply Chain, Risk Management, and Data Integrity. Also included were hands-on laboratories focused on formulation and content uniformity testing.

Dr. Pamela Smith of Improved Pharma joined colleagues Prof. Stephen Byrn and Dr. Daniel Smith of Purdue for this trip. The trio participated in all topics over the two weeks. Prof. Byrn’s focus was on the quality and regulatory sections. Dr. Daniel Smith was responsible for the laboratory course. Dr. Pamela Smith assisted with the laboratory course and the leadership topics. As a lean six sigma (LSS) black belt, Dr. Pamela Smith also worked alongside fellow black belt Stacy Berkshire (SVP of Transformation at Perrigo) in various LSS group activities for the students.

Dr. Byrn was recognized in 2018 with the AAPS Global Health Award for his work in Africa. News about previous sessions can be found here. More information about Improved Pharma’s servant leadership can be found here.

Improved Pharma will return to Arusha in September of 2022 to teach additional courses in the program.