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Inhalation devices used in asthma therapy have continually evolved and should comprise of powder and liquid devices with good performance. Future development of these devices is still needed and their performance will improve as the regulatory landscape sharpens requirements. This follows a path taken by the regulatory agencies but also will be an outcome of new therapies with more sensitive API’s and a subsequent need for better dosing accuracy and range. This workshop will look into the options that are available for future inhalation drug delivery. There will be a strong focus on device/formulation interaction possibilities and limitations along with some thoughts on the patient interaction and patient interface systems.


 Workshop Agenda:

What device classes are available?

  • Compatibility with new drug development (biologics, antibodies etc)

Formulation considerations

  • What options and limitations are there for new entities?
  • How will new entities influence the formulation?

Performance possibilities and limitations

  • Can new entities be formulated to fit the device an give good performance?

Patient interaction

  • Compliance - can it be improved?
  • Effects of the breathing manouvre


 About the Workshop Leader:

  Dr. Ola Nerbrink has been active in the pharmaceutical field for more than 24 years and is today the owner of Respiron Consulting, a consultancy with a speciality in early development of inhalation devices and their interaction with formulation. He was initially employed at AstraZeneca R&D, Lund, Sweden in 1985 with focus on development and characterisation of inhalation systems based on DPI’s, nebulisers and pMDI’s, acquiring a broad knowledge and business contact surface of the providers of available inhalation technologies. From 2002 to 2009 he was employed at Novo Nordisk in Hillerød, Denmark as a specialist in inhalation systems. With his theoretical and practical knowledge, Ola Nerbrink will give attendees of this workshop a valuable insight into the options and possibilities that exist in the future of inhalation therapy.



Workshop programme

13:30 Registration & Coffee

14:00 Introduction

14:15 Device Options

15:00 Formulation Considerations for Different Devices

15:45 Afternoon Tea

16:00 Device Performance Options and Limitations

16:45 Patient Interaction and Considerations

17:15 Conclusions

17:30 Close of Workshop


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Marriott Hotel Regents Park

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CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

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As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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