2021 NIPTE Research Conference

Free conference featuring:
  • Guest speakers from government, industry and academia
  • Special sessions on a wide range of topics
  • Awardee presentations
  • Student research virtual posters
Please register by November 28 to receive updates and access links.

Draft Agenda

❯❯❯❯❯  All times are Eastern Standard Time (EST)

Tuesday, November 30

8:45 – 10:50 a.m.CONFERENCE OPEN & KEYNOTES
8:45 a.m.Welcome and introductionVadim Gurvich, PhD, Executive Director, NIPTE
9:05 a.m.Keynote: Using Predictive Tools to Accelerate Drug Product DevelopmentBruno Hancock, PhD, Global Head of Materials Science, Pfizer
9:35 a.m.Keynote: Cell Therapy TechnologiesMichael Caligiuri, MD, CEO, City of Hope and CytoImmune Therapeutics, Inc.
10:05 a.m.Keynote: Ensuring the supply of quality medicinesRonald Piervincenzi, PhD, CEO, US Pharmacopeia
10:35 a.m.Q&A
11:00 – 12:40 p.m.NIPTE DISTINGUISHED SCHOLARS — 2021 AWARDEES
11:00 a.m.Session & speaker introductionsVadim Gurvich, PhD, Executive Director, NIPTE
11:20 a.m.Role of excipients in frozen and freeze-dried protein formulationsRaj Suryanarayanan, PhD, Professor and William & Mildred Peters Endowed Chair, Department of Pharmaceutics, University of MInnesota, 2021 NIPTE Michael J. Pikal Distinguished Scholar
11:40 a.m.Developing next-generation RNA-Targeted Precision TherapeuticsRaman Bahal, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutics, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Connecticut, 2021 NIPTE Rising Star Scholar
12:00 p.m.Novel 3D Printing Technologies to Advance Drug DeliveryMohammed Maniruzzaman, PhD, Assistant Professor in Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery, University of Texas at Austin, 2021 NIPTE Rising Star Scholar
12:20 p.m.Novel Manufacturing Strategies for Poorly Soluble DrugsRishi Thakkar, University of Texas at Austin, Outstanding Student Researcher
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.NANOTECHNOLOGY
1:00 p.m.Session & speaker introductionsNIPTE Nanotechnology Focus Group Chair, Devika Manickam, PhD, Duquesne University
1:05 p.m.Lipid nanoparticles for RNA Delivery: SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, chemistry, & beyondKathryn Whitehead, PhD, Associate Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
1:35 p.m.PresentationGaurav Sahay, PhD, Associate Professor, Oregon State University
1:55 p.m.PresentationMarina Dobrovolskaia, PhD, Laboratory Co-Director, Director of Operations, NIH
2:15 p.m.Panel / Q&AModerator: Devika Manickam, PhD, Duquesne University
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.BIOLOGICS, BIOSIMILARS & BIOMARKERS
3:00 p.m.Session & speaker introductionsNIPTE Biologics, Biosimilars & Biomarkers Focus Group Chair, Mahua Choudhury, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Texas A&M University
3:10 p.m.Developing NMR as a Precision Tool for Assessment of Biotherapeutic StructureJohn Marino, PhD, Leader, Biomolecular Structure & Function Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
3:30 p.m.PresentationAnurag Khetan, PhD, Bristol Myers Squibb
3:50 p.m.Future of Epigenetic Biomarkers in Drug DevelopmentMahua Choudhury, PhD, Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Texas A&M University
4:10 p.m.Panel / Q&AModerator: Shishir Chundawat, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering (CBE), Rutgers University

Wednesday, December 1

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.ADVANCED MANUFACTURING
8:30 a.m.Session & speaker introductionsNIPTE Advanced Manufacturing Focus Group Chair, Rodolfo Romañach, Professor of Chemistry, University of Puerto Rico
8:40 a.m. CBER Advanced Technologies Program: Promoting the Development and Adoption of Advanced Manufacturing TechnologiesManuel Osorio, PhD, Senior Scientist CBER/FDA
9:00 a.m.Advanced Manufacturing of BiologicsAnurag Rathore, PhD, Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
9:20 a.m.All vials are not the same: potential role of vaccine quality in vaccine adverse reactionsBruce Yu, PhD, Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Maryland
9:40 a.m. Panel / Q&A Moderator: Bruce Yu, PhD, Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Maryland
10:30 – 11:40 a.m.EDUCATION CENTER SESSION
10:30 a.m.Session & speaker introductionsCenter Co-Director, Carl Anderson, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Pharmacy and Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences; Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs and Research, Duquesne University
10:40 am.PresentationChristian Airiau, Global Head Data Sciences, Biologics Development, Sanofi
11:00 a.m.PresentationKari Clase, PhD, Professor, Agricultural & Biological Engineering, Purdue University
11:20 a.m.Panel / Q&A Moderator: Steve Hoag, PhD, Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.STUDENT VIRTUAL POSTER SESSION
12 p.m.Virtual poster viewing
12:30 p.m.Q&A with student researchers
3 – 4:45 p.m.TRIBUTE TO PROFESSOR KENNETH MORRIS
3:00 p.m.Welcome, tribute & introductionsVadim Gurvich, PhD, Executive Director, NIPTE
3:20 p.m. Reflections on My Time in the Morris Group at PurduePeter Wildfong, PhD, Duquesne University
3:35 p.m.Hawaiian Days with Dr. MorrisRahul Haware, PhD, Natoli
3:50 p.m.Last Stop before Retirement – Long Island UniversityHarsh Shah, PhD, J-Star Research
4:05 p.m.Memory sharing & toastAll participants
4:30 p.m.Closing thoughtsKen Morris, PhD

Thursday, December 2

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.SPECIAL SESSION: ADVANCED MANUFACTURING — INCREASING MOMENTUM
8:30 a.m.Session & speaker introductionsVadim Gurvich, PhD, Executive Director, NIPTE
8:40 a.m. Keynote Presentation Eric Edwards, MD, PhD, President & CEO, Phlow Corp
9:00 a.m.Q&A
9:30 – 10 a.m.SPECIAL SESSION: IN VITRO RELEASE TEST FOR COMPLEX DRUG PRODUCTS — START WITH WHY
9:30 a.m.IntroductionNIPTE Faculty Committee Past Chair, Xiuling Lu, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Connecticut
9:40 a.m. Keynote PresentationXiaoming Xu, PhD, CDER, FDA
10:00 a.m.Q&A
10:30 – 11:40 a.m.INTRODUCTION TO NEW FOCUS AREAS
10:30 a.m. IntroductionVadim Gurvich
10:40 a.m. Analytical Testing & Stability Eric Munson, PhD, Purdue University, Dane O. Kildsig Chair in Industrial and Physical Pharmacy, Department Head, Purdue University
11:00 a.m.Material Sciences & FormulationIra Buckner, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Pharmacy and Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Duquesne University; Director, Duquesne Center for Pharmaceutical Technology
11:20 a.m.Knowledge Management & New Prior KnowledgeStephen Byrn, PhD, Charles B. Jordan Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, Purdue University
11:40 a.m. Panel / Q&AModerator
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.STUDENT RESEARCH VIRTUAL POSTER SESSION
12:30 p.m.Virtual poster viewing
1:00 p.m.Q&A with student researchers
1:45 – 3:00 p.m. CLOSING SESSION
1:45 p.m. Introduction and closing remarksNIPTE Faculty Committee Chair-Elect, Peter Wildfong, PhD, Duquesne University
1:55 p.m. Panel / Q&APanelists: NIPTE Faculty Committee Chair, Fernando Muzzio; NIPTE Faculty Chair-Elect, Peter Wildfong; and, NIPTE Board of Directors Vice Chair, James Drennen, PhD, Dean, School of Pharmacy, Duquesne University
2:30 p.m.Perspective / Thanks / Next stepsNIPTE Faculty Committee Chair, Fernando Muzzio, PhD, Distinguished Professor, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Rutgers University