Doug Havens studied biochemistry and microbiology in a premed course at McGill University in Montreal, and learned Japanese at Sophia University in Japan. Since 1973, he has been translating the Drug Approval and Licensing Procedures in Japan and the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law, which are revised every few years. He now translates mainly regulatory documents and medical papers for publication. Doug lives and works in Tokyo, Japan.
Experienced pharmaceutical translators report more work than they can handle this year, despite the economic downturn. However, pharma writing is highly regulated, and in order to succeed in pharma translation, translators must have a working understanding of the regulatory...