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AAPS: A Look Back and a Look Forward
AAPS was founded in 1986 with a very straightforward goal--to provide pharmaceutical scientists working in academia, industry, government and other research institutions with an independent society and a unified voice. For many years prior to the Association’s founding, pharmaceutical scientists in the United States had dreamed of creating an autonomous organization, set apart from other scientific and academic groups, that would serve their common and specific professional interests. Because many of these pharmaceutical scientists were graduates of schools of pharmacy, they carried with them strong ties to the principal professional society in the pharmacy field-the American Pharmaceutical Association (APhA). In fact, so many pharmaceutical scientists were involved in APhA that a section within APhA was created to cater to their interests; that section later evolved into the APhA Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Pharmaceutical scientists had much in common with other APhA members, but there were also differences. APhA’s budgetary priorities and policy positions did not always fall in line with the priorities of pharmaceutical scientists. Members without a strict pharmacy background sometimes felt left out of organizational goings-on, and they were somewhat limited in their professional growth opportunities. With those limitations as the impetus for change, leaders in the pharmaceutical sciences began to lay the groundwork for the creation of an independent society. In February of 1986, their plans came to fruition when a group of pioneering visionaries established a new membership organization devoted exclusively to the professional concerns of pharmaceutical scientists--aptly named the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists. An organizational meeting was held on March 20, 1986, and in subsequent meetings the founding members drafted a charter and by-laws, appointed committees

15 Years of Scientific Excellence
and elected officers, and set in motion the wheels that would run the society. Growth was immediate. By the end of 1986, 2876 people had signed on as charter members of AAPS. In the intervening 15 years that bring us to 2001, the membership has grown past the 11,000 mark. More than 8,000 scientists now regularly attend the AAPS Annual Meeting and Exposition, held in the fall of every year. In the span of a decade and a half, AAPS has established itself as one of the premier scientific organizations in the world. Over the years, AAPS leaders have been able to leverage AAPS’ esteemed position to drive innovation in the scientific world. In 1999, AAPS launched the Product Quality Research Institute, providing a neutral environment for the formulation of science-based regulatory policy. Recently AAPS launched its first two electronic-only journals, AAPS PharmSci and AAPS PharmSciTech. Just last year the Association introduced AAPS Pharmaceutica, an exclusive web portal packed with news and features, information on AAPS meetings and education, marketing opportunities-as well as access to the journals AAPS PharmSci, AAPS PharmSciTech and Pharmaceutical Research. Earlier this year, AAPS held the first-ever Pharmaceutical Congress of the Americas, an international gathering of scientists from North, Central and South America. These are just a few of the recent highlights of the many initiatives that AAPS has launched over the years. The past is impressive, and the future is bright. Several years ago, AAPS leaders


created a Vision 2020 document that outlined members’ vision for where the pharmaceutical sciences--and the Association--would be at the year 2020. The document reads, in part, “The pharmaceutical sciences have expanded beyond the discipline-based scientific environment of the 20th century, to encompass all areas of health science. With a global perspective, pharmaceutical sciences have the potential to advance world health through improved invention, diagnosis, treatment, and cure of illness and disease. The synergies achieved through interdisciplinary research have fueled scientific breakthroughs.” To a great extent, that vision has already been realized. New strides in invention, diagnosis and treatment are saving and improving lives today. As for the Association, the Vision 2020 document predicted, “AAPS in 2020 is a global organization of innovators from the myriad disciplines that now comprise the pharmaceutical sciences. AAPS is a conduit for the open exchange of scientific knowledge. It excels in providing the resources and environment to enable members to advance the frontiers of science. AAPS and its members are leaders in providing health education and counsel to the public, peers, employers, governments, and health care regulators of the world. Mentoring pharmaceutical scientists is an important role and responsibility of AAPS, as is the direction of science policy regarding health care. Membership in AAPS is a statement of professional commitment to ethical science and service.” That forecast, too, has already been realized in many ways, though there is still much work to be done, both within AAPS and in the world beyond. So congratulations to all the AAPS members who have brought the Association so far in such a short time span, and best wishes for continued achievement in the great span of opportunity that lies ahead.

September 2001



Happy Birthday, AAPS
Comments from AAPS Members
Of course, I am extremely proud of what AAPS has accomplished during the past 15 years. Those of you who attended the Opening Session of our Annual Meeting in Indianapolis heard and saw Rich Bergstrom and me review the founders’ 1986 predictions for the Association in 2000 and how we are so close--and mostly exceed--those high expectations. My greatest pleasure in AAPS’ accomplishments has been the establishment and recognition of the pharmaceutical sciences as a critical, influential contributor to the fabric of science worldwide, independent of any particular health profession. AAPS has made the pharmaceutical sciences a profession in its own right, and I and all of our members have benefited from this recognition. However, I also want to sound a warning. The next five years of our Association are critical for its long-term viability. The Association must be responsive to the wishes and needs of the members. It shouldn’t be viewed as only interested in financial profits in organizing its workshops and meetings. Its ambitious publications program, a very costly venture, must be sure that it is meeting the needs of the Association’s membership. There needs to be continued recognition that new, ground-breaking science must be presented at our meetings; that the membership feels that the Annual Meeting is their primary venue for presentation; and that the meeting not become an elitist enclave, where inflexible rules prevent new ideas and preliminary work from being presented. Leslie Z. Benet, Ph.D. 1986 President I have always felt that being a founder and president of AAPS was a unique privilege and honor that very few individuals would ever experience in their professional careers, and I look back on my involvement with a great sense of pride and satisfaction. I didn’t fully realize that there was such a pent-up demand for an organization like AAPS until several years after our formation. None of the original founders had any idea that there were over 10,000 individuals in the world that were interested in the pharmaceutical sciences. My career has been substantially enhanced by my association with AAPS and most of my friends and colleagues in the profession still associate me primarily with my AAPS presidency. What great memories I have! Anthony Sinkula, Ph.D. 1994 AAPS President

15 Years of Scientific Excellence
AAPS has contributed immensely to my professional as well as personal growth in my formative years. It offered a forum for me to network with world-class pharmaceutical scientists from all over the world, several of whom had unknowingly sharpened my vision for pharmaceutical sciences as well as for my own research. A few of my peers actually had provided me with the courage and focus to pursue challenging goals for AAPS during my presidency in 1996. It was during my decade of involvement in AAPS that I learned first-hand the elements of success for any organization: vision, leadership, teamwork, communication, trust, and infrastructure. It was a humbling experience for me to work with both volunteers and staff who shared the common bond of advancing pharmaceutical sciences through AAPS. To me, AAPS is an icon for making an impossible dream come true. Happy 15th Anniversary, AAPS, and many, many more! Vincent H.L. Lee, Ph.D. 1996 AAPS President Q: What is the greatest accomplishment of AAPS over the past 15 years? A: I think that the greatest accomplishment of AAPS is its rise to prominence in the global pharmaceutical sciences community and the breadth of its coveragefrom traditional pharmaceutics to pharmacogenomics and from state of the art science to outreach efforts directed towards developing nations. Q: What do you think is the single most important contribution that the pharmaceutical sciences have made to society over the past 15 years? A: Given that patient compliance is among the greatest factors affecting patient outcomes, I believe the single most important contribution to society resides in the development of novel delivery systems which enable less frequent dose administration. Mario Rocci, Jr., Ph.D. AAPS Member at Large Q: What is the greatest accomplishment of AAPS over the past 15 years? A: The nurturing of young scientists in AAPS. James T. Stewart,Ph.D. AAPS Member Q: What is the greatest accomplishment of AAPS over the past 15 years? A: Bringing people together and establishing itself as the strongest voice for pharmaceutical scientists. Q: Please recall the fondest memory that


you have of AAPS over the past 15 years. A: Meeting my old students and colleagues at AAPS events. Q: What do you think is the single most important contribution that the pharmaceutical sciences have made to society over the past 15 years? A: Effective and cost-saving means of treatment. Fakhreddin (Mo) Jamali, Ph.D. AAPS Member Q: What is the greatest accomplishment of AAPS over the past 15 years? A: Expanding the mission of AAPS to include all areas of pharmaceutical research and development, and providing the forum for the exchange of information from one area to another. Q: Please recall the fondest memory that you have of AAPS over the past 15 years. A: Being a participant in the founding of AAPS in 1985-86 and participating actively in its growth. Q: What do you think is the single most important contribution that the pharmaceutical sciences have made to society over the past 15 years? A: Providing a strong scientific base and rationale for the discovery, development, evaluation, manufacture, and control of pharmaceutical products. Q: What do you think will be the top three issues facing the pharmaceutical profession fifteen years from now? A: Making our discoveries available to all people around the world; ensuring there is a continuous stream of new, highly motivated researchers joining our pursuit of scientific excellence and discovery; and controlling the cost of pharmaceutical research and development. Bill Tillman, Ph.D. AAPS Member


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