Scientific Program

The 2018 meeting features 3 days of scientific programming with in-depth sessions to immerse you in science that reflects your interests, more opportunities to network with colleagues, and an exhibit hall with the latest products and services to help you solve industry challenges.

Join industry and academic leaders from across the globe at the New York Hilton Midtown Hotel to explore, present, and discuss the best in delivery science and technology innovations.

Session Descriptions

The following sessions will be this year's abstract categories for both oral and poster presentations. The 2-hour scientific session format will include 2 to 3 invited speakers followed by several oral presenters and a moderated discussion.

Abstract submission will open January 2018.

Manufacture, Characterization, Measurement, and Stability

This session covers technology development through scale-up of commercially viable processes and methods to prepare and characterize products designed for controlled release of active materials. The session brings together speakers from small and large pharma, consumer and diversified products industries, human and animal health industries, excipient companies, and academia. Submissions are sought that advance fundamental knowledge in novel formulations, technologies, excipients, or strategies, analytical or processing innovations, innovative in vitro, ex vivo, and animal model development, imaging technologies, and scale-up, as well as regulatory considerations. View invited speakers

Delivery of Proteins, Peptides, and Vaccines

This session covers aspects related to macromolecular therapeutics and vaccines and their development into products for humans and animals. These include innovations in delivery science, devices, and technologies that improve targeted delivery, extend duration of action, enhance immunization efficacy, minimize delivery invasiveness, increase stability of molecules in the delivery system, improve adherence, and/or lower development/manufacturing costs. View invited speakers

Delivery Science in Cosmetics, Personal Care, and Household Products

This session covers all aspects of controlled release in personal and home care areas. Examples are cosmetics, cosmeceuticals, skincare, deodorants and antiperspirants, hair care, mouth care, air fresheners, cleaning and sanitizing agents, and insect/pest/mold control agents and devices. This session seeks to promote progress and applications across this diverse range of scientific areas, with particular emphasis on the research and manufacturing activities ongoing in the relevant industries. View invited speakers

Encapsulation for Industrial Applications

This session focuses on advances in encapsulation and controlled release products in agrochemicals, agriculture, aquaculture, textiles, and other industrial applications. Topic areas include, but are not limited to, more efficient biomass production for biofuels, genetic engineering (release of genetically engineered materials, enhancing organisms), anticorrosive and/or antifouling coatings (e.g., fish farms or offshore installations), self-healing coatings and materials (e.g., textiles), water storage systems, technologies for high-rise systems (fertilizing, light control), and more traditional areas involving controlled release of nutrients, vaccines, fertilizers, and pesticides. View invited speakers

Micro- and Nanoparticle Delivery

This session focuses on innovative micro- and nano-based delivery systems, for example, for diagnostic and/or therapeutic purposes in humans and animals, consumer products, cosmetics, and foods. Micro- and nanoparticles of all types fall within the scope of this area, including lipid nanoparticles, liposomes, polymeric nanoparticles, polymeric micelles, polymersomes, drug/active-polymer conjugates, drug-antibody conjugates, inorganic nanocarriers, hybrid nanosystems, and other forms that offer the potential for improved delivery. View invited speakers

Oral Delivery for Food and Pharma

This session is concerned with aspects of oral delivery science and product development, including immediate, sustained, delayed, and pulsed release. It includes oral delivery of drugs (from small molecules to biologics), food, feed, beverages, nutrients, nutraceuticals, probiotics, prebiotics, and supplements. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, all aspects of systems that enhance oral absorption, introduce prolonged effect and stability of additives, product acceptability (including taste masking, rheology, etc.), targeted and/or more uniform delivery in the gastrointestinal tract, in vitro and in vivo models, analytical chemistry, formulation technology for poorly soluble agents, biopharmaceutics, equipment design, and computational modeling. View invited speakers

Parenteral Controlled Release

This session is concerned with the research, development, and commercialization of parenteral sustained release delivery systems. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, novel materials, dosage forms/devices, processes, or development strategies, fundamental understanding of established technology, including modeling and characterization and industrial product development case studies, and regulatory aspects. View invited speakers

Regional Delivery

This session covers the science of delivery technologies that are applied locally, as often occurs in delivery to the eyes (drops, gels, and injectables), lungs (inhalation), nose (sprays/drops), brain (implants, local infusion), female reproductive tract (rings, gels, solutions), mouth (e.g., buccal patches), and other site-specific local applications. This session is open to all aspects related to regional delivery. Examples are basic science to product development, new biomaterials, formulation strategies, small and large molecules, nucleic acid therapies, vaccines, new devices, clearance of controlled release systems, safety of new materials/excipients, in vitro and ex vivo models, animal models, and mathematical and computational modeling. View invited speakers

Nucleic Acid Delivery

This session encompasses both fundamental and applied aspects of nucleic acid delivery, including design and synthesis of carriers, their characterization, and all aspects of product development with this unique class of agents. Intracellular delivery is essential to the efficacy of nucleic acid-based therapies; thus, advances in this area with nucleic acids are crucial for successful development of these therapeutics. View invited speakers

Topical and Transdermal Delivery

This session is concerned with fundamental and applied aspects, including product development, related to topical and transdermal delivery. Progress in novel delivery systems and formulations, including patches, microneedles, and other devices, as well as analytical assessments of these systems, falls within the scope of this session. In addition, fundamental new insights into permeation pathways, proof-of-concept studies in preclinical and clinical settings, novel materials/excipients, and physical methods that facilitate topical or transdermal delivery can be included in this session. View invited speakers

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