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With inhalation widely used in the management of COPD, development in this area is an essential part of the search for new drugs.  The challenges associated with the development of an inhaled therapeutic are wide ranging, requiring thought to go into both the formulation of the drug and the technological requirements of the device to be used.

This workshop aims to address both the technological and formulation challenges of respiratory drug development, with in depth discussion and comparison of the current options available, alongside a look to the future in this area.

About your workshop host:
Fadi Eskandar is a Fellow and inhalation expert at Novartis Pharma AG, Basel, Switzerland. Fadi graduated as a pharmacist and has a master and Ph.D. in pharmaceutics and bio-pharmaceutics from the Christian Albrecht University, Kiel, Germany. Fadi started his industrial carrier in 2001 at Pharmatech GmbH, Germany, in which he works as an inhalation research consultant to develop inhalation drug delivery systems. In 2004, Fadi joined Novo Nordisk AS, Denmark, where he worked in the Research and Development of Aerosol Drug Delivery. During this period, Fadi participated in developing Novo Nordisk Key inhalation projects both on device as well as formulation side. In 2007, Fadi joins Novartis Pharma AG, Switzerland as an inhalation expert to work on developing inhalation pharmaceutical aerosols with focus on formulation and device development. Fadi Eskandar focuses his research efforts in the last eight years on pulmonary application of macromolecules including, peptides, proteins, DNA, oligonucleotides and siRNA. Fadi has published more than twenty publications, patents and oral podiums in this field.


Workshop programme

8:30 Registration & coffee

9:00 Welcome & introductions

Fadi Eskandar

Fadi Eskandar, Fellow, Pharmaceutical Development Unit Inhalation, Novartis Pharmaceuticals

9:10 Challenges in Respiratory Drug Delivery

Gerhard Scheuch

Gerhard Scheuch, Chief Executive Officer, Activaero GmbH

  • General overview
  • Biological perspectives
  • Anatomical perspectives
  • Patient perspectives
  • Novel therapy
  • 9:50 Latest breakthrough in formulation development of inhalation products

    Henderik Frijlink

    Henderik Frijlink, Professor, The Groningen University for Drug Exploration (GUIDE)

  • Particle requirements for delivery to the lungs
  • Techniques for particle characterisation
  • Choosing the right excipient
  • Getting the surface characteristics right
  • 10:30 Morning coffee

    10:50 Inhalation product future development strategy

  • General overview
  • Latest technologies
  • Inhalation development pathways
  • Stephen Edge

    Stephen Edge, Fellow, Novartis Pharma

    Fadi Eskandar

    Fadi Eskandar, Fellow, Pharmaceutical Development Unit Inhalation, Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    11:30 Inhalation device development

    Scott Fleming

    Scott Fleming, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, MicroDose Technologies Inc

  • MicroDose Development technology
  • COPD patient requirements
  • What is needed for the future
  • 12:10 Open discussion

    12:40 Close of workshop


    Le Méridien

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