Philippe Lienard obtained his PhD in organic chemistry at the CNRS, French National Research Center, in Pr Husson’s team, in 1991. After having performed a post-doc in the prestigious Pr Oppolzer’s laboratory in Switzerland, he joined SYNTHELABO in 1993 in chemical development. He occupied several positions including Head of Pilot Plant for 12 years. In 2003, He was expatriated in the USA for 3 years for SANOFI, as Chemical Development Director. Back to France in 2006, he has been working within early Pharmaceutical Sciences Department for 10 years and he’s currently Pre Development Science leader for several programs at the interface of Research and Development.
Helen Hao Hou
Senior Scientist Small Molecule Pharmaceutical Sciences
Dr. Helen Hou joined the Department of Small Molecule Pharmaceutical Sciences at Genentech (South San Francisco, California) in 2015. In her current role as a Senior Scientist, she is responsible for drug product development to allow fast-entry into human and the definition of market-image formulation/process. Prior to joining Genentech, Helen worked in several industrial positions at Allergan (2013 â€“2015), AbbVie (2008 â€“ 2013), and Amgen (2006 â€“ 2007), specialized in development of oral solid dosage forms and sterile product for ophthalmology. Helen received her Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from the University of Minnesota in 2006, where she did research in development of novel intranasal formulation for the treatment of epilepsy. Her primary research interests include understanding the effect of solubilizing additives on the manufacturability and release behavior of high-energy solids, and designing in vitro models for the prediction of in vivo performance of supersaturating solid dosage forms.
Senior Vice President CMC
Executive Director, Analytical Characterization, Formulation Development, and Biologics Manufacture
Senior Scientist- Formulation and Characterization
Smart Device Engineer
Jace Blackburn is a Smart Device Engineer at Genentech where he oversees development of Connected Device Platforms to improve the patient experience and enable new digital strategies for the business. He holds multiple certifications in Product Management and brings expertise on the development of software as a medical devices, connected devices, and digital combination products. He holds a degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder and is currently pursuing a Masters in Bioinformatics from Johns Hopkins University.
Technical Key Account Manager
Eugene graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Villanova University in Villanova, PA. After finishing his undergraduate study in 1983, he joined West Pharmaceutical Services where he served in a number of technical, quality, and customer-support roles. In 1999 Eugene graduated with a Master’s degree in business administration from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Eugene has more than 30 years of experience working with primary parenteral packaging systems from research and development to quality control to technical sales support.
Eugene joined Datwyler in 2017 as a technical key account manager working side-by-side with key account and commercial development managers, focusing on technical sales management and mitigating technical issues for Datwyler’s largest clients.
VP of Research
David is currently the VP of Research at Insmed, Inc, where he is part of a team developing novel, targeted therapies to help serve the critical unmet needs of patients battling serious rare diseases. Prior to joining Insmed in 2018, David worked at Aradigm (1996 to 2018) covering all phases of product development and led the development of preclinical research, CMC activities and intellectual property. Prior to joining Aradigm, David worked at Genentech, Inc. (1988 to 1996) developing and characterizing the delivery of protein aerosols to the airways, culminating with the approval of Pulmozyme® rhDNase for the management of cystic fibrosis in 1993. David holds a chemical engineering degree from MIT (SB) and UC Davis (MS) and a pharmacy degree from the University of Sydney (PhD).
Professor for Thermodynamics
TU Dortmund University
Gabriele Sadowski is full professor for Thermodynamics at TU Dortmund University. She is member of the Academy of Science and Arts North Rhine-Westphalia and of the German Academy of Engineering Sciences. She is the chair of the German working party Thermodynamics and the German Representative in the European working party Thermodynamics and Transport Properties. Gabriele Sadowski is author of about 200 scientific publications in high-reputation journals in the field of chemical, biochemical and pharmaceutical engineering. The main focus of her research is studying thermodynamic properties of complex systems with particular emphasis but not restricted to those containing biological and pharmaceutical molecules. To model the thermodynamic stability of those systems she developed the currently worldwide most-used thermodynamic model PC-SAFT which was published in 2001. She received numerous awards for her work, the most-prestigious one being the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Award of the German Science Foundation in 2011.
Senior Research Fellow
Chris joined Quotient Sciences in 2015 as a Research Fellow, bringing over 20 years’ experience across pharmaceutical sciences and biopharmaceutics through a series of previous technical and leadership roles at Sanofi, Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Walgreens Boots Alliance. His expertise ranges from early pre‑formulation and biopharmaceutical assessments ensuring appropriate new chemical entity selection, through development of a wide range of dosage forms including preclinical and early clinical inhalation, topical, oral immediate release and modified release formulations, to maintenance and life-cycle management of existing marketed products. Chris’ role at Quotient involves designing science-led, robust, clinical study programs which maximise output for clients, in addition to providing scientific support throughout study delivery. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Medicinal Chemistry from Newcastle University and Postgraduate Certificate in Education from Nottingham Trent University.
Dr Mike Tobyn is a Research Fellow in Materials Science and Engineering within Bristol-Myers Squibb, Moreton, leading a transatlantic team covering early to late phase products, and manufactured products. His team studies API and excipient properties and their interaction with pharmaceutical processes. He has been at BMS for 13 years, following jobs in Academia and working with a company from start-up to IPO. He has published more than 75 papers in the area of formulation and Pharmaceutical Materials Science. The understanding of the complex interactions in Pharmaceutical Materials Science has led Mike to investigate techniques of data analysis as it pertains to R&D and production, of small and large molecules. 2018 saw the publication of the book he edited with Dr Ana Ferreira and Professor Jose Menezes entitled “Multivariate Analysis in the Pharmaceutical Industry” covering the technical and regulatory aspects of MVA and associated techniques.
Chair, Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences School
University of California, San Francisco
Tejal Desai is the Ernest L Prien Endowed Professor and Chair of the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences within the Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), the director of the NIH training grant for the Joint Graduate Program in Bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) and UCSF, and the founding director of the UCSF/UC Berkeley Masters Program in Translational Medicine. Professor Desai’s research spans multiple disciplines including materials engineering, cell biology, tissue engineering, and pharmacological delivery systems to address issues concerning disease and clinical translation. She has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles. Her research is at the cutting-edge in precision medicine, enabled by advancements in micro and nanotechnology, engineering, and cell biology directed to clinical challenges in disease treatment. By taking advantage of the current understanding of how cells respond to engineered materials and the fabrication of well-defined extracellular microenvironments, she seeks to design new platforms to overcome existing challenges in therapeutic delivery. Her research efforts have earned recognition including Technology Review’s "Top 100 Young Innovators,” Popular Science’s Brilliant 10, and NSF’s New Century Scholar. Some of her other honors include the Eurand Grand Prize Award for innovative drug delivery technology, the Young Career Award from the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (IEEE EMBS), the Dawson Biotechnology award, and both the UC Berkeley and Brown University Distinguished Engineering Alumni awards. Recently, she was named Chair-Elect of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering College of Fellows. In 2015, she was elected to the National Academy of Medicine Professor Desai is a vocal advocate for STEM education and outreach to underrepresented minority students, collaborating with educational groups such as the Lawrence Hall of Science and the Exploratorium. She received her B.S. from Brown University in biomedical engineering and was awarded a Ph.D. in bioengineering jointly from UCSF and UCB.
Lecturer in Drug Delivery, Medway School of Pharmacy
University of Kent
Dr Vivek Trivedi graduated with a BPharmacy (1st Class) in 2002. After a short stint in industry, he enrolled for MSc in Pharmaceutical Science in 2003. He worked as a development scientist in Phoqus Pharmaceutical Ltd after completing his masters before returning back to university to undertake a PhD in 2007. His PhD topic involved the development of novel drug delivery systems for the oral delivery of biomolecules. He graduated in 2010 and, was appointed as a Lecturer in Formulation Science in the University of Greenwich, where he stayed until April 2019 before moving to the University of Kent. Dr Trivedi's research is centred around two areas; solubility improvement of BCS II drugs and oral delivery of biomolecules. His interests strongly revolve around the use of green processing methods, in particular, supercritical carbon dioxide to develop suitable strategies for drug delivery. He is currently working on a delivery platform known as Solid Core Drug Delivery System (SCDDS) for the delivery of biomolecules. This entails incorporation/immobilisation of biomolecules onto inorganic host materials which can potentially improve their thermal and chemical stability. These biologics on the inorganic hosts are then coated with the suitable excipients to target them to lower intestine and provide sustained release. He is also interested in the preparation of cyclodextrin-drug complexes and determining solid-liquid transition of pharmaceutical actives and APIs in supercritical CO2. He has attracted funding from various industrial sources as well as Royal Society and Royal Society of Chemistry to conduct research in areas summarised above.
Ijeoma F. Uchegbu
Professor of Pharmaceutical Nanoscience
University College London
Ijeoma Uchegbu is Professor of Pharmaceutical Nanoscience at the UCL School of Pharmacy, University College London (UCL), UCL’s Pro-Vice Provost for Africa and The Middle East.
Ijeoma has been awarded various prizes for her work, notably the UK Department for Business Innovation Skills’ Women of Outstanding Achievement in Science Engineering and Technology award (http://www.theukrc.org/women/women-of-outstanding-achievement/2007-collection/professor-ijeoma-uchegbu), the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Pharmaceutical Scientist of the Year 2012 and the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences Innovative Science Award 2016. Ijeoma was elected to the Controlled Release Society College of Fellows in 2013 and was made an Eminent Fellow of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2013. Ijeoma is the editor of three books, a named inventor on 11 granted patents and has authored over 180 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters. Ijeoma’s research has been featured on BBC Woman’s Hour and more recently in The Guardian.
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