This years theme is affordable and sustainable drug development. Many new developments are influencing innovation in our field. Big data and artificial intelligence (AI) open new doors in all stages from drug discovery to clinical practice. Other developments, such as options to intervene at the RNA level, quicker ways to screen promising small molecules, and the pressing need for new antibiotics all speed up innovation. These are exciting times in pharmaceutical sciences. Bringing together all bright minds in this field in the Netherlands - established as well as young researchers - the DMD will create momentum for innovation.