Sandy Florence is well known internationally as one of the foremost pioneers in the pharmaceutical sciences for his research in drug delivery, surfactant systems, colloids, dendrimer and nanoparticle uptake, drug targeting and nanotechnology, which is described in more than 300 papers.
He is also renowned for his academic leadership and government committee work. Sandy graduated BSc (Pharmacy) with first class honours from the University of Glasgow in 1962, PhD in 1965 and DSc (Strathclyde) in 1984. He was Dean of The School of Pharmacy, (now the UCL School of Pharmacy) University of London from 1989-2006 having been Professor of Pharmaceutics at the University of Strathclyde since 1975.
In 1990 he co-founded the Centre for Drug Delivery Research at The School of Pharmacy. He has been a Professor Emeritus at the UCL School of Pharmacy since 2006 and holds Honorary Doctorates from Hoshi University, Tokyo and the Universities of Copenhagen, East Anglia, London and Strathclyde. He was a member of the UK Committee on Safety of Medicines for many years until 1999, and chaired its committee of Chemistry, Pharmacy and Standards. His textbooks include Surfactant Systems: their chemistry, pharmacy and biology, 1988 (with David Attwood), five editions of Physicochemical Principles of Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Press (also with David Attwood), the 5th edition appearing in 2011. An Introduction to Clinical Pharmaceutics was published in 2010. He was founding co-editor with Vincent Lee of the Journal of Drug Targeting and is editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Pharmaceutics.
Sandy is a recipient of the Journal of Drug Targeting’s Life-time Achievement Award for 2005 and in 2016 the International Journal of Pharmaceutics published a special edition in his honour.
A past President of the Controlled Release Society, he is a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.