One technician injected a mouse with the target and collected the antibodies. A few others tested the results and transferred the loops to a human antibody. An army of scientists and several dozen mice tested the biotherapeutic. Engineers transfected the gene and planned the manufacturing process at the clinical scale.
FDA agents, scientists, engineers, clinicians, and volunteers ran tests on the new drug. Once declared safe and effective, teams of engineers, construction workers, and GMP trained workers made the first batch for sale.
A doctor injected the first patient with the life-saving drug. “Thank you, Doctor,” said the patient.
This was written for the June 13th Carrot Ranch Prompt, which asked us to write about the work of many hands. As a pharmaceutical engineer myself, I know how much work goes into the drugs and therapies people take. At the same time, it’s so easy to see the doctor – the point of service – and not recognize just how much work went into making the product. There are definitely bad things about big pharma, but the team and people who make these products genuinely want to make a positive impact. That is what I wrote about today.
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