2022 NIPTE Research Conference

Integrating Quality Into Pharmaceutical Technology, Research, and Education

Held Virtually November 29 – December 1

For technical assistance or questions during the conference, please email nipte@nipte.org.



Tuesday, November 29

8:45 am – 10:40 am EST

Conference Open and Keynote Address

Zoom link: https://umn-private.zoom.us/j/98404562566

8:45 amWelcome and IntroductionsDr. Vadim Gurvich, PhD, Executive Director, NIPTE
9:00 am“Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology Adoption and Approaches to Integrate into Pharmaceutical Technology Research and Education”Dr. Chris Roberts, NIIMBL
Keynote Speaker
9:30 amQ&A
9:50 am“Measurement science and standards to support the development and translation of novel therapeutic products”Dr. Sheng-Lin Gibson, NIST
Keynote Speaker
10:20 amQ&A

11:00 am – 12:35 pm EST


Zoom link: https://umn-private.zoom.us/j/94282928241

11:00 amIntroduction of 2022 AwardeesDr. Vadim Gurvich, PhD, Executive Director, NIPTE
11:10 am“Developing quality tablets through materials science and engineering”Dr. Calvin Sun, University of Minnesota, Dr. David J.W. Grant Distinguished Scholar
11:40 am“Simultaneous XRD-DSC: Powerful Technique to Determine Glass Stability of Sulfonyl Urea Analogues in the Presence of a Crystallization Inhibitor”Dr. Mustafa Bookwala, Duquesne University,
NIPTE-Rigaku Fellowship
12:05 pm“Nano-platforms for delivery of antisense oligonucleotides”Dr. Shipra Malik, University of Connecticut

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EST

NANO and AMP Focus Groups: Research Spotlights from NIPTE Faculty

Zoom link: https://umn-private.zoom.us/j/96763381655

1:00 pmSession & Speaker IntroductionDr. Peter Wildfong, Duquense University
1:05 pm“Tumor-Specific Nanoparticle Platforms for Safer and More Effective Cancer Therapy”Dr. Xiuling Lu, University of Connecticut
1:30 pm“Design of the Freezing Step Can Reduce Freeze-Drying Cycle Time by 50% or More”Dr. Robin Bogner, University of Connecticut
1:55 pm“Co-processed particles: An approach to
transform poor material properties”
Dr. Ira Buckner, Duquesne University
2:20 pmPanel / Q&ADr. Peter Wildfong, Duquense University

2:50 pm – 4:30 pm EST

BIO: Biologics, Biosimilars, and Biomarkers Focus Group (Theme: Development and manufacturing of novel biopharmaceuticals)

Zoom link: https://umn-private.zoom.us/j/98030482923

2:50 pmSession & Speaker IntroductionDr. Sandro Matosevic, Purdue University
2:55 pm“Predicting and engineering antibodies with drug-like properties”Dr. Peter Tessier, University of Michigan
3:15 pm“Aiding Biomanufacturing Automation
with Noninvasive Data Collection”
Dr. Bruce Yu, University of Maryland
3:35 pm“Implementation of PAT in Continuous Process Platforms”Dr. Anurag Rathore, Indian Institute of Technology
3:55 pm“RF/Microwave Lyophilization of Biologics”Dr. Alina Alexeenko, Purdue University
4:15 pmPanel/Q&AModerator: Dr. Sandro Matosevic, Purdue University

Wednesday, November 30

8:30 am – 10:00 am EST

MAN: Advanced Manufacturing Focus Group (Theme: 3D Printing)

Zoom link: https://umn-private.zoom.us/j/92117427258

8:30 amSession & Speaker introductionDr. Bodhi Chaudhuri, University of Connecticut
8:40 am“Quality Considerations of 3D Printing of Drug Products: ETT Collaborative Approach for Fostering Innovation”Dr. Ahmed Zidan, FDA
9:00 am“A snapshot of 3D printing at Merck”Dr. Derrick Smith, Merck
9:20 am“3D Printing for Pharmaceutical Applications: Challenges and Opportunities”Dr. Anson Ma, University of Connecticut
9:40 amPanel / Q&AModerator: Dr. Bodhi Chaudhuri, University of Connecticut

10:30 am – 12:00 pm EST

EDU: Center of Excellence for Pharmaceutical Education & Certification (Theme: Workforce Development)

Zoom link: https://umn-private.zoom.us/j/92387564324

10:30 amSession & Speaker introductionDr. Carl Anderson, Duquesne University
10:40 am“Perspectives on NIIMBL eXperience: Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative”Dr. John Balchunas, NIIMBL
11:00 am“Workforce Development: Exploration and Establishment Stages of Pharmaceutical Industry Career”Dr. Muthu Meiyappan, Takeda
11:20 am“Update on the NIPTE Center of Excellence for Pharmaceutical Education & Certification”Dr. Carl Anderson, Duquesne University
11:40 amPanel / Q&AModerators: Dr. Carl Anderson, Dr. Steve Hoag

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EST

PRESENTATIONS: Student Research Posters

Zoom link: https://umn-private.zoom.us/j/97129352265

12:00 pmStudent Poster 1 – “Screening Study Results Comparison from a Continuous Twin-Screw Granulator: D-Values vs. PCA”Sam Henson, Duquesne University
12:07 pmStudent Poster 2 – “Characterization of Protein Formulations to Optimize Freezing Parameters for Lyophilization”Mohsina Rahman, University of Connecticut
12:14 pmStudent Poster 3 – “Mitochondria-containing Extracellular Vesicles (EVs) reduce mouse brain infarct sizes and EV/HSP27 protects the BBB integrity”Kandarp Dave, Duquesne University
12:21 pmStudent Poster 4 – “Assessing In Situ Forming Implant Formulations Using In Vivo Imaging”Xinhao Lin, University of Connecticut
12:28 pmStudent Poster 5 – “The use of a ‘closed’ feed frame as a novel approach to reduce material amount during NIR calibration model development.”Nathaly Movilla-Meza, University of Puerto Rico
12:35 pmStudent Poster 6 – “Investigating and Comparing the Applicability of the R3m Molecular Descriptor and Solubility Parameter Estimation approaches in Predicting Dispersion Formation Potential of APIs in Three Polymers”Ashwini Gumireddy, Duquesne University
12:42 pmStudent Poster 7 – “The study of ingredients and blend to understand the materials adherence and build-up during continuous manufacturing and designing cleaning procedure to improve processability and enhance the productivity”Dhalvakumar Patel, University of Puerto Rico
12:49 pmStudent Poster 8 – “Freezing effect on primary drying and porous structure using three quantitative techniques”Ling Zhu, University of Connecticut

3:00 PM – 4:45 PM EST

SPECIAL SESSION: Dale E. Wurster Celebration

Zoom link: https://umn-private.zoom.us/j/96806395979

3:00 pmWelcome, tribute & IntroductionsDr. Vadim Gurvich, PhD, Executive Director, NIPTE
3:15 pmTribute 1Dr. Ira S. Buckner, Duquesne University
3:30 pmTribute 2Dr. Zaid Assaf, University of Iowa
3:45 pmTribute 3Dr. Colin Rowlings, Gossamer Bio
4:00 pmTribute 4Maureen Donovan, University of Iowa
4:15 pmRemarksDr. Dale E. Wurster, University of Iowa
4:30 pmMemory sharing/toast/open dialogueAll Participants

Thursday, December 1

8:30 am -10:30 am EST

SPECIAL SESSION: NPK Group and Knowledge Management Project

Zoom link: https://umn-private.zoom.us/j/97873709881

8:30 amSession & Speaker introductionDr. Michael Kinch, Dean of Science, Long Island University
8:35 am“Knowledge Management: An Overview of the Clinical Drug Experience Knowledgebase”Dr. Michael Kinch, Dean of Science, Long Island University
9:00 am“Knowledge Management: Quality Scorecards from Real World Data”Dr. Steve Byrn, Purdue
9:20 amQ&A
9:30 am“Knowledge Management Project Overview”Dr. Fernando Muzzio, Rutgers
9:45 amContent and Implementation”Dr. Gerardo Callegari, Rutgers
10:00 am“Web Functionalities and Community”Atul Dubey, USP
10:15 amFDA Perspective”Dr. Scott Krull, FDA

10:30 am -12:00pm EST

SPOTLIGHT SESSION: UPR School of Pharmacy PhD Program

Zoom link: https://umn-private.zoom.us/j/99836165223

10:30 amSession & Speaker introductionDr. Rodolfo Romanach, University of Puerto Rico
10:40 am“Flow synthesis of Modafinil” Dr. Cornelis Vlaar, UPR-School of Pharmacy
11:00 am“Integrated purification of Modafinil from flow chemistry streams”Dr. Torsten Stelzer, UPR-School of Pharmacy
11:20 am“Establishing a new research program”Dr. Sunita Dahiya, UPR- School of Pharmacy
11:30 am“A new Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences”Dr. Jorge Duconge, UPR-School of Pharmacy
11:40 amPanel / Q&A[MODERATOR TBC]

12:30 PM -1:20 pm EST

PRESENTATIONS: Student Research Posters II

Zoom link: https://umn-private.zoom.us/j/94348115438

12:30 pmStudent Poster 9 – “Nanoparticle-based Immunotherapy as a Multimodal Approach to Attenuate Severe Inflammation in Sepsis”Nhu Truong, University of Maryland
12:37 pmStudent Poster 10 – “Impact of Freezing Process Parameters and Intracellular Dehydration on Jurkat Cell Cryopreservation”Nirnoy Dan, University of Connecticut
12:44 pmStudent Poster 11 – “Coarse-grained Molecular Dynamics Simulations of ssDNA Loaded Adeno-Associated Virus”Tibo Duran, University of Connecticut
12:51 pmStudent Poster 12 – “Utilizing Antimicrobial Peptide for Global Regulation of Microbial Metabolism and Its Application in Tyrosine Biosynthesis”Lei Zhuang, Rutgers University
12:58 pmStudent Poster 13 – “A Troubleshooting Approach for A NIR Spectroscopy Method to Monitor an API in Film Coating”Maritza Reyna, Mayagüez University
1:05 pmStudent Poster 14 – “Quantitative analysis of blend uniformity within a Three-Chamber feed frame using simultaneously Raman and Near-Infrared spectroscopy.”Rafael Gonzalez Rosario, University of Puerto Rico
1:12 pmStudent Poster 15 – “Simultaneous targeting of multiple oncomiRs with phosphorothioate or PNA-based anti-miRs in lymphoma cell lines”Karishma Dhuri, University of Connecticut

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST

2:00 pmPerspective/Thanks/Next stepsDr. Peter Wildfong, PhD., Duquesne University, Chair, NIPTE Faculty Committee
2:20 pmUpcoming NSF-NIPTE Pathfinding WorkshopDr. Fernando Muzzio, Rutgers
2:40 pmConference Closing thoughtsDr. Peter Wildfong, PhD., Duquesne University, Chair, NIPTE Faculty Committee