Orange County's Chapman University to get new type of pharmacy program, focusing on tech

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The Chapman University Library.

Two Orange County institutions have unveiled a new prescription for a brand new type of pharmacy school. Chapman University in Orange and the Keck Graduate Institute in Claremont have teamed up to create a pharmacy grad school which would focus on the future of pharmacy technology.

The program would feature research into personalized medicine and therapies matched to specific disease strains or illnesses.

Campus officials say the program’s unique because it links general pharmacy with its high-tech future.

"The Chapman-KGI School of BioPharmacy will embrace this change in the profession," said Sheldon Schuster, president and professor of biochemistry at Keck Graduate Institute, in a press release.

"Current advances in genomics and the growing convergence of therapeutics, diagnostics and medical devices are creating new opportunities for pharmacists in the life-sciences industry and modern clinical practice," the press release read.

Claremont expects to host the first classes in the four-year program in a couple of years, as long as the new school gets its accreditation. It’ll eventually move to a new building on the campus of Chapman University, but construction on that building has yet to begin.

With contributions by Paige Osburn

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