Post-conference course: Short Introduction in Drug Development
Friday, August 26, 2016

Short Introduction in Drug Development is one-day intensive course designed for students and pharmaceutical researchers who wish to broaden their knowledge and advance in the career. The professionals, managers and investors who wish to gain deeper understanding of the complex process of drug development will also find this course very beneficial.


08:20 – 08:30 Summer school opening
08:30 – 10:15 Abu Serajuddin, St. John University, USA
Transforming New Molecular Entities into Drug Products
10:15 – 10:45 Coffee break
10:45 – 12:30 Alex Avdeef, In-ADME Research, USA
Balance between Passive & Carrier-Mediated Uptake in Drug Disposition
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 15:15 Abu Serajuddin, St. John University, USA
Transforming New Molecular Entities into Drug Products
15:15 – 15:45 Coffee break
15:45 – 18:00 Rolf Hilfiker, Solvias AG, Switzerland
The Importance of Choosing the Optimal Solid Form of a Drug: Salts, Co-Crystals, Polymorphs, Amorphous, Solvates


Alex Avdeef, In-ADME Research,USA
Alex is an internationally-known authority on solution chemistry, with outstanding academic credentials and an extensive list of publications (110 technical publications in primary scientific journals & chapters in books, 6 patents and over 300 invited lectures). For over 40 years, he has been teaching, researching, & developing methods, instruments, & analysis software for measurement of ionization constants (pKa), solubility (practically-insoluble molecules), dissolution (small-volume, mechanistic, pH-dependent), & permeability (pH-dependent PAMPA, cell-culture, & animal models). He founded (2011) in-ADME Research (USA) and co-founded pION INC (USA) in 1996 & Sirius Analytical (UK) in 1989. He is the author of Absorption and Drug Development, Second Edition, Wiley, Hoboken, 2012. His accomplishments in the development of instrumentation include several well-known instruments currently manufactured by leading companies in the instrument market (e.g., ORION960 Autochemistry System - Launched in 1984 and still being sold by ThermoFisher today). In the rich career he took several position in academic and industrial settings (pION INC (USA), SIRIUS ANALYTICAL (UK), ORION RESEARCH (USA), SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY (USA), CAL BERKELEY "go Bears" (USA), & CALTECH (PASADENA, USA)).
Rolf Hilfiker, Solvias AG, Switzerland
Rolf Hilfiker is Head of the Department Solid-State Development at Solvias AG. Solvias AG is a scientific services company focused on leveraging expertise in various scientific disciplines to accelerate the drug discovery and development process. The department of some 20 people does contract research and development in the solid-state area, i.e. polymorphism studies, salt and co-crystal screening and selection, method development, crystallization optimization, etc. Rolf obtained his Ph.D in physical chemistry at the University of Basel, Switzerland. From 1987-89 he was Post Doc at SUNY, New York and from 1989-1992 Senior Research Fellow at the University of Basel. He has more than twenty years of experience in an industrial R&D environment at Ciba-Geigy, Novartis, and Solvias. Under his guidance, Solvias became one of the leading solid-state service providers in the world. He is author of more than 60 scientific publications as well as numerous patents in various areas of physical chemistry and editor of “Polymorphism – In the Pharmaceutical Industry”, Wiley-VCH, 2006.
Abu Serajuddin, St. John's University, New York, USA
Abu Serajuddin, Ph.D., is Professor of Industrial Pharmacy in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at St. John’s University, Queens, New York, USA. He joined academia in 2008 after working for three decades in the pharmaceutical industry, where he formulated and developed numerous products, many with extremely difficult and challenging development issues. Several products that he developed or co-developed attained blockbuster status in the market. In his latest positions in the industry, Dr. Serajuddin served as the Director/Executive Director and the US Head of Drug Product Development (1999-2003) and Executive Director of Science, Technology and Outsourcing (2003-2008) for Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation. He authored over 90 research papers and book chapters and made over 100 invited presentations in scientific conferences. He is also a co-inventor in 12 patents. In recognition of his scientific and professional contributions, Dr. Serajuddin attained Fellow status in American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS), American Pharmacists Association (APhA), International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), and American Association of Indian Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAiPS). AAPS also honored him twice with its Research Achievement Award, first for Formulation Design and Development (FDD) in 2010 and the second for Manufacturing Sciences and Engineering (MSE) in 2014. In 2005, he received the Novartis Leading Scientist Award for extraordinary scientific achievement in research and development. He serves in the Editorial Advisory Boards of several journals, including Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences. At St. John’s, Dr. Serajuddin established the Industrial Pharmacy Innovation Laboratory, where the primary focuses of his research are (1) the development of novel drug delivery systems, especially for poorly water-soluble drugs, and (2) the innovation in processing technologies for solid dosage forms.


All participants are required to register for the course through the conference Registration form

Course fees:

Before April 01, 2016: 250 €
After April 01, 2016: 350 €.


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