International Pharmaceutical Harmonization: Senior Japanese Pharmaceutical Scientist Reveals Another Side

I was privileged to meet Dr. Akira Kusai of Daiichi Sankyo at ISPE 2007.  On Wednesday, Dr. Kusai was to present the results of research that tested a new contained lyophilizer, developed by Kyowa Vacuum Engineering Co., which suggests that the new design could help improve lyophilized drug quality by reducing incidence of contamination and moisture uptake.  We'll be publishing more on the product and the research.

Tokyo BarbersI'm always happy when people can "have a life" and maintain some personal expression separated from their work life. Not to embarrass him, but I was delighted to learn that Dr. Kusai has a sideline:  he is lead singer in the Tokyo Barbers, an a capella barbershop quartet based in Tokyo that has toured throughout the world (There he is, in front, in this photo).  Don't have any mp3s yet to share.

Global harmonization through barber shop harmony? Perhaps it's not so far off.  Maybe we should ask FDA, EMEA and MHLW/JPDMA to try it (although I suspect that some of them are completely tone deaf). But, a note to any readers out there.  We'd like to start a "Get a Life" department within our magazine and web site, where we look at accomplishments outside the workplace.  So if you're comfortable talking about your secret life as an author, musician, closet Sanskrit scholar, teacher, volunteer firefighter, horsewoman or athlete (or whatever you do) let us know. AMS
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