GT Students Visit Pharmaceutical Plants in Puerto Rico

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Five-day tour of the pharmaceutical industry in Puerto Rico by group of 24 Georgia Tech students

During spring break 2008, 24 undergraduate and graduate students visited pharmaceutical manufacturing plants in Puerto Rico as part of a course offered by the Georgia Tech Center for Drug Design, Development and Delivery. Students heard lectures and toured the facilities of Amgen, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Pfizer, and Wyeth. They learned about and saw the production of drugs, including diabetes medications (Januvia), birth control patches (EVRA), slow-release cardiovascular pills (Procardia XL), biotechnology proteins (Neupogen) and veterinary medicine (Heartgard).

This trip was the second in what promises to be an annual event. Participating students were from the Schools of Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, and Chemistry & Biochemistry. The trip was led by professors Mark Prausnitz and Andreas Bommarius, organized by graduate students Charlene Rincon and Eduardo Vazquez, and sponsored by the Center for Drug Design, Development and Delivery.

For more information, please contact Mark Prausnitz ( or Andreas Bommarius (


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  • Created By:Colly Mitchell
  • Created:04/02/2008
  • Modified By:Fletcher Moore
  • Modified:10/07/2016