Following the news that the UK BioIndustry Association has named Action Medical Research as its charity of the year for 2019, we take a look back at key moments in the charity’s history. Plus, we take a look at the biggest drug innovations coming out of China.

Also, we examine the complex challenge of manufacturing antivenom for snake bites to find out how the pharma industry can help address this growing medical issue, speak to drug policy reformer Amanda Feilding about the medicinal potential of cannabis and psychedelics, and explore what big internet companies are doing to stamp out the scourge of fake online pharmacies.

And finally, we take a look at the plans for UK’s first dedicated Vaccines Manufacturing Innovation Centre, find out how social media platform The Mighty is helping pharma companies to communicate with patients, and profile the Italian pharma industry to find out how the market is developing.

Eloise McLennan, editor