7454451_sBig Pharma is still in the news, but we found some different topics to top our list of must-reads for the week!

1. A new tool for drug testing, “bone marrow-on-a-chip”, was found by Harvard scientists and it is hoped to provide a more accurate result than tests on animals.

2. QbD (quality by design) is still a mystery to many, and one of the biggest challenges to its adoption is its internal infrastructure. This article gives great tips on how to deal with the challenges of implementing QbD.

3. There is apparently no shortage of enrollment in studies involving marijuana, the U.S. government has plans to increase its production of research-grade cannabis. Currently, there are eight trials ongoing to evaluate the plant’s effects in humans.