Webinar: Sustainable Drug Development and Use: Toward Improved End-of-Life Design

Webinar: Sustainable Drug Development and Use: Toward Improved End-of-Life Design
  • Date From 24th May 2023
  • Date To 24th May 2023
  • Price Free of charge, open to all.
  • Location Online: 13:00 BST. Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes.


Environmental impacts of medicines arise throughout their lifecycle from drug development to production, consumption, and disposal. This talk will focus on selected current sustainability gaps related to drugs’ lifecycles and their prospectful solutions that have been developed and evaluated in the scope of the Finnish strategic research project, SUDDEN (2018-2023).

The SUDDEN project (, short for Sustainable Drug Discovery and Development with End-of-Life Yield, is an example of a multidisciplinary research and interaction effort to seek for new solutions to better management of environmental hazards of medicines on both molecular and product levels, and to promote environmentally sound practices and policies that could support likewise the development of pharmaceuticals intrinsically less harmful for the environment, the rational use of modern medicine, and the sustainability of the health care sector on both national and international levels.


Tiina Sikanen, Associate Professor, University of Helsinki, Finland

Tiina has a PhD and title of docent in pharmaceutical chemistry from University of Helsinki, Finland; a second MSc in chemical engineering from Aalto University, Finland; and postdoctoral experience from Technical University of Denmark and University of Toronto, Canada. She currently acts as an associate professor (pharmacometabolomics) and principal investigator at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Helsinki. Her research group’s work focuses on development of microfluidic bioanalytical platforms and in vitro models to examine pharmaceuticals metabolism and toxicity in human (drug discovery) and fish (environmental hazards).

Since 2015, Sikanen is the founding member of the Generation Green task force of the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Helsinki, which aims at incorporating environmental aspects as parts of pharmacy curricula and doctoral training in pharmaceutical sciences. She is also the vice-head of a large national strategic research project SUDDEN - a multidisciplinary effort by six Finnish research institutes toward Sustainable Drug Discovery and Development with End-of-Life Yield,

The material presented in this webinar has not been peer-reviewed. Any opinions are the presenter's own and do not necessarily represent those of IChemE or the Pharma Special Interest Group. The information is given in good faith but without any liability on the part of IChemE.


13:00–14:15 BST. 


The presentation will be delivered via Microsoft Teams. We recommend downloading the app from the Microsoft website, rather than using the web portal.

You are advised to join the webinar at least ten minutes before the scheduled start time, to allow for your computer to connect.

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