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1.30 - 5.00pm

about the workshop

This workshop shall thoroughly investigate the current state of ocular drug delivery in pharmaceuticals and will provide invaluable advice on catering for unmet medical needs in the field. 

By firstly providing a comprehensive overview of the current products and dosage forms that are available and then addressing the specific advantages of both topical and intravitreal methods of delivery, this session will use tangible examples of success to benchmark best practice in ocular drug delivery. Finally it will focus on local drug delivery approaches in particular, including methods of controlled release and its application in the treatment of specific clinical diseases.

By attending you shall:

  • Learn of current unmet medical needs that hold vast developmental potential
  • Assess specific topical drug delivery case studies
  • Extensively analyse injectable ocular drug delivery approaches
  • Discuss clinical applications and exiting new developments

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about the leader

Dr. Hong Guo , VP Research, pSivida

Dr. Hong Guo has served as the Company’s Vice President of Research since November 2009 having previously served as Director of Research from January 2006 to November 2009. Prior to joining pSivida, Hong served as the Director of Preformulation and as a Senior Scientist for Control Delivery Systems where she was one of the original inventors of both the Medidur and Retisert sustained release drug delivery systems. Prior to joining CDS, Hong was a Post-Doctoral Research Scientist at New England Eye Center and at the University of Kentucky. Hong received Masters of Science in Medicinal Chemistry and a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from China Pharmaceutical University and Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Heidelberg, Germany.

about the organisation

pSivida is a world leader in the development of tiny, sustained release, drug delivery products and technologies that are administered by implantation, insertion or injection. The company develops products to treat serious, unmet, medical needs alone or in partnership with other companies. pSivida has developed devices that are so small they are FDA approved to be administered into the eye and once administered they release their drug for months and years. pSivida is also developing a series of additional miniaturized, bioerodible technologies designed to provide long term (months and years) release to virtually any site in the body.


Workshop programme

13:30 Registration & Coffee

14:00 Welcome & Introductions

14:10 Overview of Ocular Pharmaceutical Products

14:50 The Ocular Drug Delivery Technologies

15:30 Afternoon Tea

15:50 Local Drug Delivery Approaches

16:30 Discussion Session

17:00 Close of Workshop


Copthorne Tara Hotel

Scarsdale Place
London W8 5SR
United Kingdom

Copthorne Tara Hotel

The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.




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