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MSU Pharmacy Alumni Association and The Faculty of Pharmacy, MSU organize e-conference on “Recent Advances and Trends in NDDS”

Our Bureau, Mumbai
Thursday, October 14, 2021, 16:45 Hrs  [IST]

MSU Pharmacy Alumni Association (MPA) and The Faculty of Pharmacy, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara organized international e-conference on “Recent Advances and Trends in NDDS” recently to pay respects to the remarkable contribution of Late Professor A N Misra as an academician and researcher par excellence.

Dr Ketan Patel, chairman & managing director, Troikaa Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Ahmedabad in his inaugural address emphasized on self-belief, commitment and absolute command on scientific knowledge for design and development of novel formulations. He narrated challenges encountered as innovator company in development of new intranasal, topical delivery and sustained release injection preparations. Prof Anant Paradkar from University of Bradford delivered key note address.

Professor Krutika Sawant, Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy in her welcome address referred to contribution made by the faculty hitherto in the realm of new Drug Delivery Systems. Dr J B Dave, president, MPA gave a brief account of the Conference and emphasized the importance of innovative formulations fordeveloping of new drug products as developing a new molecular entity is a very cost intensive and daunting task.

Professor (Dr.) AnandParadkar in his talk on Melt processed Drug delivery systems: Opportunities and Challenges highlighted the advantages of the innovative solvent free approach for development of the controlled release formulations of hydrophobic and amorphous therapeutic agents. He showed possible drug delivery approaches using Hot-melt extrusion and sono-crystallisation (ultrasound assisted processing) to generate co-crystals.

He talked about development of polymer/lipid based nanoparticulate drug delivery systems encapsulating poorly soluble conventional molecules, nutraceuticals and natural products for treatment of neurodegenerative conditions, cancers and endometriosis. The importance of process analytics, QbD and Process Analytical Technology were discussed for process development.

Dr. Parizad Elchidana in her talk on Application of artificial intelligence in NDDS presented the ability of AI enabled robotics to process information and yield the desired outcomes in terms of product development, establishing suitable correlation between the in-vitro biological systems and clinical studies. Additionally, the application of AI in diverse areas from therapeutic agent development to NDDS product development was discussed.

Professor (Dr) Mansoor M Amiji in his talk on Translational Nano-Medicine: Targeted Therapeutic Delivery for the treatment of chronic pain and cancer highlighted the approaches in the field of molecular and personalized nanotechnology based medicine with aim of translation of innovative experimental approaches into clinically relevant strategies. He showed possible ways of surface engineering of the polymeric and lipid based systems for the site-specific targeted delivery of conventional and newer therapeutic agents. Challenges to development and circumvention of biological barriers using single/combinatorial drug delivery technologies encompassing chemotherapy, gene therapy and RNAi were presented.

Professor. Ajay Banga in his talk on Advances in Transdermal Delivery Systems presented various approaches towards successful transdermal delivery of hydrophilic/hydrophobic therapeutic agents. Moderately lipophilic drugs can passively diffuse into skin and can be formulated as iontophoresis, sonophoresis, or skin microporation achieved by microneedles or by thermal or laser ablation, 3D printing based transdermal patches. Rationale based selection of the drug delivery technologies for incorporation of drugs in carrier systems for the delivery across the skin was discussed. Variability in the in vitro skin permeation studies and their correlation with the efficiency of permeation in clinical set up were highlighted.

Dr S P Vyas, H S Gour Univeirsty, Sagar and Prof R S Gaud, Director NMIMS chaired sessions on first and second and added shared their valued observations. Dr. Ali Asgar Shahiwala-Professor, Department of Pharmaceutics, Dubai Pharmacy College for Girls, Dubai, Dr. Manish Umrethia– MD & CEO of Auxilla Pharmaceuticals and Research LLP, Ahmedabad and Dr Mahavir Chougule-Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Mercer University, USA shared their expert views on the theme of Conference.

Dr N K Jain, from H S Gour University, Sagarre called the human nature and huge contribution of Prof Misra in the realm of drug delivery. The proceedings of the conference including selected abstracts of oral and poster presentation were published on the occasion at the hands of Dr J B Dave.Dr Prashant Murumkar, Dr Hetal Thakkar, Dr Rajshree Mashru, Dr Kirtipatel, Dr Richa Dayaramani, Dr Aarti Thakkar, Dr Hemal Tandel, Dr Navnit Prajapati and Dr Bhavik Chauhan played vital roles in organizing the grand event.

More than 500 professionals participated for the conference from across the country including 11 foreign nationals. A total of 100 abstracts of research work were received from the academia as well as from the Industry. Out of this 15 best participants were invited to present the research work in the form of oral presentation on Preconference day.

The three best presentations were awarded with cash prize. Dr Vandana Patel and Dr Ganesh Sangaiah served as judges for the final event.


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