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Michael J. Pikal Symposium

Hands-on Basic Lyophilization Short Course: August 13-14, 2024

Symposium: August 14-15, 2024

The inaugural Michael J. Pikal Symposium will be held in honor of the late Professor Michael J. Pikal, a leader in the field of freeze-drying for the preservation of pharmaceuticals.  Innovative research will be presented by thought leaders from academia and industry.


 

Pikal

Location

School of Pharmacy, 69 North Eagleville Rd.

University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT


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Keynote Speaker – Dr. Steven L. Nail

Dr. Steven L. Nail retired from the position of Senior Research Scientist at Baxter Biopharma Solutions, Bloomington, IN. His career spanned almost 50 years specializing in the development and manufacture of parenteral products, with a special interest in the science and technology of freeze-drying.  Dr. Nail is a Fellow of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists. In 2007, he received the AAPS Research Achievement Award in Pharmaceutical Technology. He served as Guest Editor for the September 2009 issue of Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences dedicated to Professor Pikal.

Agenda

August 13-14, 2024        Pre-conference Short Course

 

August 14, 2024

2:00 pm-2:15 pm           Welcome

2:15 pm -2:30 pm          Opening Remarks

2:30 pm-3:00 pm           Robin H. Bogner, Professor, University of Connecticut

Slow is Fast: Reducing the Primary Drying Time by Slow Freezing by Controlled Ice Nucleation or Annealing

3:00pm-3:30 pm            Serguei TchessalovResearch Fellow, Pfizer

Spray Freeze-Drying of Pharmaceuticals – The Future is Close

3:30pm-4:00 pm             Emily Gong, Principal Scientist, Physical Sciences Incorporated

Formulation Dependent Absorption of Microwave Energy and the Effect on Drying Rates

4:00 pm-5:00 pm          Rapid Presentations

5:30 pm-7:30 pm           Reception & Buffet dinner

7:30 pm-8:15 pm           Pikal Family Welcome, Steven L. Nail - Keynote Address

Pharmaceutical Freeze-Drying:  A Look Back, and a Look Ahead

 

August 15, 2024

7:30 am-8:30 am          Breakfast & Posters

8:30 am -9:00 am         Raj Suryanarayanan, William and Mildred Peters Endowed Chair, University of Minnesota

Implications of Excipient Phase Behavior on Protein Stability

9:00 am -9:30 am           Yongchao Su, Senior Principal Scientist, Merck

Physiochemical Learnings of Pharmaceutical Frozen Solution from Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy

9:30 am -10:00 am         Sarah Strangfeld, Scientist, Early Stage Formulation Sciences, AstraZeneca

A Solid Case for Lyophilized Antibody Drug Conjugates 

10:00 am-10:30 am       Break & Posters

10:30 am-11:00 am      Lauren Fontana, Associate Director, Biologics Drug Product Development & Manufacturing and Global Head Lyophilization Center of Excellence, Sanofi & Navpreet Kaur, Scientist, Biologics Drug Product Development & Manufacturing, Sanofi

Demystifying Fogging in Lyophilized Products

11:00 am-11:30 am       Xiuling Lu, Professor, University of Connecticut

Impact of Lyoprotectants and Freeze-drying Process on Nanoparticle Stability

11:30 am-12:00 pm       Panel Discussion

12:00 pm-1:00 pm         Lunch

1:00 pm-2:00 pm           Poster presentations

2:00 pm-2:30 pm           Alina Alexeenko, Sr. Assoc. Dean and Professor, Purdue University

Harnessing Microwave Energy and Microscale Transport for Next-Generation Lyophilization Systems

2:30 pm-3:00 pm            Kohsaku Kawakami, Group Leader, Japanese National Institute for Materials Science

Lyophilization to Manufacture Mesoporous Phospholipid Particles

3:00 pm-3:30 pm            Xiaolin “Charlie” Tang, Principal Fellow, Regeneron

Advances in Protein Drug Product Lyophilization:  Strategies to Improve Lyophilized Protein Drug Product

3:30 pm-4:00 pm            Break

4:00 pm-4:30 pm           Jayasree Srinivasan, Research Scientist II, Simtra BioPharma Solutions

Graphical Design Space for Primary Drying: Sources of Variability

4:30 pm-5:00 pm           Panel Discussion

5:30 pm-6:30 pm           Cocktail Hour

6:30 pm-8:00 pm           Dinner

Speakers

Serguei Tchessalov, Research Fellow, Pfizer

Kohsaku Kawakami, Group Leader, Japanese National Institute for Materials Science

Yongchao Su, Senior Principal Scientist, Merck

Alina Alexeenko, Sr. Assoc. Dean and Professor, Purdue University

Raj Suryanarayanan, William and Mildred Peters Endowed Chair, University of Minnesota

Emily Gong, Principal Research Scientist, Physical Sciences Incorporated

Robin H. Bogner, Professor, University of Connecticut

Xiuling Lu, Professor, University of Connecticut

Lauren Fontana, Associate Director, Biologics Drug Product Development & Manufacturing and Global Head Lyophilization Center of Excellence, Sanofi

Navpreet Kaur, Scientist, Biologics Drug Product Development & Manufacturing, Sanofi

Xiaolin “Charlie” Tang, Principal Fellow, Regeneron

Sarah Strangfeld, Scientist, Early Stage Formulation Sciences, AstraZeneca

Jayasree Srinivasan, Research Scientist II, Simtra BioPharma Solutions

 

 

Planning Committee

Robin H. Bogner, Professor, University of Connecticut

Xiuling Lu, Professor, University of Connecticut

Bakul Bhatnagar, Assoc. Res. Fellow, Pfizer

Lauren Fontana, Assoc. Director, Sanofi

Sajal Patel, Sr. Director, AstraZeneca

Shailaja Rambhatla Gupta, Sr. Director, Eli Lilly

Yongchao Su, Sr. Principal Scientist, Merck

Zak Yusoff, SME Aseptic Fill Finish

Become a Sponsor

Sponsorship commitment deadline June 30, 2024

If interested in sponsoring our symposium, please contact Robin Bogner: robin.bogner@uconn.edu

 

Registration Information and Fees

Please be advised: Registration will be capped at 100 attendees.

Before July 31

  • Symposium (industry registrant): $350
  • Symposium (academic registrant): $200
  • Pre-symposium short course: $1,000

After July 31

  • Symposium (industry registrant): $500
  • Symposium (academic registrant): $250
  • Pre-symposium short course: $1,200

 

Poster Submissions

Poster Submission Deadline:  August 2, 2024

Poster Size:  6’wide x 4’ high

Poster Submission Link: https://uconn.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bOcDIRrMHNPA4HY

Hotel Accommodations

Graduate Storrs, 855 Bolton Road, Storrs, CT 06268

The Inn on Storrs, 123 Storrs Road, Mansfield Center, CT 06250 (link to hotel website)

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