Scientific Session Invited Speakers, Moderators and Session Chairs

This year's 20 scientific sessions were developed using the 10 Core Areas identified for 2015 by the Annual Meeting Committee. The core areas include three Primary Tracks of Interest: Bioactive Materials, Consumer & Diversified Products (C&DP), and Preclinical Sciences & Animal Health (PSAH) Applications.


Monday, July 27

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Drug Delivery to the Brain

  • Moderator: Kannan Rangaramanujam, Johns Hopkins University, U.S.A.
  • Session Chairs: Anthony Kim, Univeristy of Maryland, U.S.A., and Mariarosa Mazza, University of Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Academic Invited Speaker: Mark Saltzman, Yale University, U.S.A.
  • Industry Invited Speaker: Pieter Gaillard, 2-BBB Technologies B.V., The Netherlands

Encapsulation for Industrial Applications

  • Moderator: Ruth Schmid, SINTEF, Norway
  • Session Chairs: Teresa Virgallito, Micrtek Labs Inc., U.S.A., and Chris McDaniel, White Creek Pharma Advisors, U.S.A.
  • Academic Invited Speaker: Ron Neufeld, Queen's University, Canada
  • Industry Invited Speaker: Robert Kent, AnaBio Technologies Ltd., Ireland

Modulated and Responsive Delivery Systems

  • Moderator: Christine Allen, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Sessino Chairs: Qin He, Sichuan University, China, and Darren Svirskis, Univeristy of Auckland, New Zealand
  • Academic Invited Speaker: Zhiyuan Zhong, Soochow University, China
  • Industry/Academia Invited Speaker: Samir Mitragotri, University of California, U.S.A.

Transdermal Delivery

  • Moderator: Mark Prausnitz, Georgia Inst. of Technology, U.S.A.
  • Session Chair: Nicole Brogden, University of Iowa, U.S.A.
  • Academic Invited Speaker: Véronique Préat, Université Catholique de Louvain
  • Industry Invited Speaker: Bobby Singh, Corium Intl. Inc.

3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Delivery of Vaccines

  • Moderator: Derek O'Hagan, Norvartis Vaccines and Diagnostics, Italy
  • Session Chairs: Camilla Foged, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and Hideyoshi Harashima, Hokkaido University, Japan
  • Academic Invited Speaker: Ed Lavelle, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  • Industry Invited Speaker: Dennis Christensen, Statens Serum Institute, Denmark

Manufacture, Characterization, Measurement, and Stability

  • Moderator: Jean-Antoine Meiners, Laboratoire Meiners Sàrl, Switzerland
  • Session Chair: James Oxley, SwRI, U.S.A.
  • Academic Invited Speaker: Alastair Florence, University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom
  • Industry Invited Speaker: Amina Faham, Dow Chemical, Switzerland

Oral Delivery for Food

  • Moderator: Iain Beck, Firmenich, Switzerland
  • Session Chairs: Joeska Husny, Nestle, Switzerland, and Robert Hans Tromp, NIZO Food Research, The Netherlands
  • Academic Invited Speaker: Qingrong Huang, Rutgers University, U.S.A.
  • Industry Invited Speaker: Dolores O'Riordan, Food for Health Ireland/University College Dublin, Ireland

Respiratory Drug Delivery

  • Moderator: Claus-Michael Lehr, Saarland University, Germany
  • Session Chairs: Sara Barthold, Helmholtz Inst for Pharma Research, Germany, and Joshua Reineke, South Dakota State University, U.S.A.
  • Academic Invited Speaker: Sevda Senel, Hacettepe University, Turkey
  • Industry Invited Speaker: Ralph Niven, Norvatis, U.S.A.

Tuesday, July 28

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

In Vivo Nucleic Acid Delivery

  • Moderator: Ernst Wagner, Ludwig Maximilians University, Germany
  • Session Chairs:  Koen Raemdonck, Univeristy of Ghent, Belgium, and Ronit Satchi-Fainaro, Tel-Aviv University, Israel
  • Academic Invited Speaker: Uta Griesenbach, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
  • Industry Invited Speaker: Michael Holmes, Sangamo BioSciences Inc., U.S.A.

Nano-Sized Carriers for Small Molecule Oncology Drugs

  • Moderator: Mark Tracy, Tracy BioConsulting, LLC, U.S.A.
  • Session Chairs: Khaled Greish, University of Otago, New Zealand, and Scott Eliasof, Cerulean Pharma Inc., U.S.A.
  • Academic Invited Speaker: Tamara Minko, Rutgers University, U.S.A.
  • Industry Invited Speaker: André Lieber, Compliment Corp., U.S.A.

Ocular Drug Delivery

  • Moderator: Vince Lee, The Chinese University, Hong Kong
  • Session Chairs: Todd Hoare,  McMaster University, Canada, and  Rocio Herrero-Vanrell, Complutense University, Spain
  • Academic Invited Speaker: Francine Behar-Cohen, Hôpital Ophtalmique Jules-Gonin, France
  • Industry Invited Speaker: Eugene de Juan, ForSight Labs/Univeristy of California, San Francisco, U.S.A.

Oral Drug Delivery

  • Moderator: Randy Mrsny, University of Bath, United Kingdom
  • Session Chairs: Daniel Kirby, Aston University, United Kingdom, and Rod Walker, Rhodes University, South Africa
  • Academic Invited Speaker: Simon Gaisford, University College London, United Kingdom
  • Industry Invited Speaker: Divyakant Desai, Bristol-Meyers Squibb Inc., U.S.A.

1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Delivery of Peptides and Proteins

  • Moderator: Alexander "Sandy" Florence, University of London, United Kingdom
  • Session Chairs: Richard Gemeinhart, University of Illinois, U.S.A., Carla Caramella, University of Pavia, Italy, and Sion Coulman, Cardiff University, United Kingdom
  • Academic Invited Speaker: Noriyasu Kamei, Kobe Gakuin University, Japan
  • Industry Invited Speaker: Ulrik Rahbek, Novo-Nordisk, Denmark

Delivery Science in Cosmetics, Personal Care, and Household Products

  • Moderator: John Brahms, International Flavors and Fragnances, U.S.A.
  • Session Chairs: Nicole Papen-Botterhuis, TNO, The Netherlands, and Zhibing Zhang,  University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • Academic Invited Speaker: Denis Poncelet, Oniris, France
  • Industry Invited Speaker: Yabin Lei, IFF, U.S.A.

Parenteral Delivery Technologies

  • Moderator: Wim Hennink, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
  • Session Chairs: William Lambert, Omeros Corp, U.S.A., and Diane Burgess, University of Connecticut, U.S.A.
  • Academic Invited Speaker: David Needham, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
  • Industry Invited Speaker: Adam Mendelsohn, Nano Precision Medical, U.S.A.

siRNA and mRNA Delivery

  • Moderator: Jeff Cleland, GrayBug, Inc., U.S.A.
  • Session Chairs: Kathryn Whitehead, Carnegie Mellon University, U.S.A., and Harry Parekh, University of Queensland, Australia
  • Invited Academic Speaker: Jun Wang, University of Science and Technology, China
  • Industry Invited Speaker: Stephanie Barrett, Merck & Company, Inc., U.S.A. 

Wednesday, July 29

8:00 - 9:30 a.m.

Drug Delivery in Tissue Engineering

  • Moderator: Richard Gemeinhart, University of Illinois, U.S.A.
  • Session Chairs:  Hyunjoon Kong, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne, U.S.A., and Michael Doschak, University of Alberta, Canada
  • Academic Invited Speaker: Molly Stevens, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
  • Industry Invited Speaker: Fergal O'Brien, SurgaColl Technologies/Royal College Surgeons in Ireland, Ireland

Formulating Oral Solid Dosage Forms to Enhance Drug Delivery

  • Moderator: Andy Lewis, Ipsen, France
  • Session Chairs: Mark McAllister, Pfizer, United Kingdom, and Ben Boyd, Monash University, Australia
  • Academic Invited Speaker: Thomas Rades, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Industry Invited Speaker: Susanne Page, Roche, Switzerland

Nanocarriers for Combined Delivery

  • Moderator: Ronit Satchi-Fainaro, Tel Aviv University, Israel
  • Session Chairs:  Rohit Kolhatkar, University of Illinois, U.S.A., and  Sei-Kwang Hahn, POSTECH, Korea
  • Academic Invited Speaker: Yoon Yeo, Purdue University, U.S.A.
  • Industry Invited Speaker: Glen Kwon, Co-D Therapeutics, Inc./University of Wisconsin-Madison, U.S.A.

Nanosystems for Non-Oncology Drug Delivery

  • Moderator: Hamid Ghandehari, University of Utah, U.S.A.
  • Session Chair: Andrew Parker, Juniper Pharma Services, United Kingdom
  • Academic Invited Speaker: Dong Wang, University of Nebraska, U.S.A.
  • Industry Invited Speaker: Gert Storm, Scientific Board Member of Enceladus Pharmaceuticals BV/Utrecht University, The Netherlands

*Speakers and moderators subject to change

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