It takes a "What if" to get the ball rolling, then energy, commitment, and a lot of money to see the idea through to the end, especially when false starts and naysayers make it tempting to halt funding and throw in the towel. Take space exploration. Even Dwight D. Eisenhower couldn't see beyond what it would cost the American taxpayers. Yet think of the direct and indirect benefits we've derived from those efforts.
I wonder how much of the technology covered in BioPharm International started with "What if?" This month, you'll read about chromatography, water purification, and filtration — all well-established technologies that once upon a time were considered novel and worthy of skepticism until they proved their worth in terms of effectiveness, efficiency, reliability, and economics.You'll also read an overview of the plant-made pharmaceutical (PMP) sector, the first article in our series covering some of the most promising PMP technologies currently under development, along with their unresolved regulatory, environmental, and business issues. Certainly, "What if?" jumpstarted some of this science.
Carol L. Fisher, Editor in Chief