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    What technologies are currently changing drug delivery approaches for small molecules? For large molecules? How will these advances impact the pharmaceutical industry?

    For small molecules specifically, I believe that we will see two different trends in drug delivery. The first will be toward the targeting of drug delivery through the use of technology such as nanoparticles or even aptamers. 

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