Webinar will explore the differences between biological and biosimilar medicines

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society is holding a live webinar to look at the differences between biological medicines and biosimilars

The webinar will examine the differences between biological and biosimilar (pictured) drugs

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society is holding a live webinar to look at the differences between biological medicines and biosimilars.

To be held on Thursday 4 February at 12.30pm GMT, the free, informative webinar will:

  • Explain how biologicals (or biological medicines) differ from conventional medicines, including how they are made
  • Explain what a biosimilar is and the differences between a biosimilar and the original biological and a biosimilar and a generic medicine
  • Discuss the implications of the above on the use of biological and biosimilar medicines in patients

The speaker is Jayne Lawrence, Chief Scientist, Royal Pharmaceutical Society, whose area of expertise is pharmaceutical science, particularly drug and gene delivery.

Lawrence is a pharmacist who has spent the majority of her career working in academic pharmacy at King’s College London, although she has also spent time working in community, hospital and industrial pharmacy. She currently holds a joint position as Professor and Head of the Pharmaceutical Biophysics Group at King’s College London and the Chief Scientist at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

Lawrence sits on a number of national and international committees representing pharmacy science as well as governmental research grant awarding bodies. She regularly presents her research on drug and gene delivery at national and international conferences.

She has commented on a number of pharmaceutical science issues in the press and through national radio and TV, including BBC Breakfast, BBC News 24 and BBC radio.

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