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Yesterday was the official Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, and the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) welcomed five awesome kids for an educational, interactive overview of life at AAPS. This year’s theme is #MPOWR, and we embraced it by asking our guests: “If you could develop any medicine, what would it do, and what would it look like?” Their inspiring answers are below:

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Hayden, age 8: “My pill would treat ALS because my mom’s aunt died of ALS and I want to support the people fighting for their lives. I want it to be a mint because it dissolves in your mouth.”


Keon, age 9: Left (pink) “It’s a pill that you can chew that helps you feel better and tastes better. It comes in different flavors, red, blue, pink, purple, orange, yellow, and green. Middle (blue) “It’s to help with asthma. If you’re running and you start having asthma, you drink this water and it makes you feel better.” Right (red) “It’s a needle that gives you blood. So if you don’t have that much, it gives you more.”

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Marissa, age 9: “It’s a lime blueberry cure. It’s a medicine that can cure anything!”


Kyreiz, age 12: “It cures cancer. I picked it because a lot of people have it.”

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Lauryn, age 14: “It’s for people who lose hair when they go through chemo—it helps them not lose as much.”

AAPS staff also got in on the action with some pictures of their own (after all, who doesn’t like to draw every once and a while?).

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As pharmaceutical scientists, how would you answer that question? And while you’re at it, make sure to give your kids a very huge hug tonight.