Drug Solutions Podcast: Oral Solid Dosage Forms: A Look Back at Challenges and Innovations

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A look back at challenge and innovation highlights in 2022 for oral solid dosage forms, this podcast episode will review industry experts’ takes on factors driving the evolution of OSD forms as well as innovations in APIs, technology, and methodology.

A look back at challenge and innovation highlights in 2022 for oral solid dosage forms, this podcast episode will review industry experts’ takes on factors driving the evolution of OSD forms as well as innovations in APIs, technology, and methodology. Highlights include commentary from experts at LGM Pharma, Hovione, Syntegon, and Colorcon.


About the speakers

Deepak Thassu, vice-president R&D and Regulatory Submission, LGM Pharma, joined LGM in 2020 to lead the company’s integrated R&D and regulatory submissions teams for CDMO clients. He has launched commercial products with several US and EU patents and handled submissions for NDAs, ANDAs, BLAs, and medical devices. Prior to joining Nexgen in 2015 to lead the R&D and Regulatory groups, Deepak was managing director at Actavis, chief scientific officer and vice-president of pharmaceutical development at PharmaNova, chief scientific officer and senior vice-president of pharma development at Holopack International, and associate director of Global Pharmaceutical Development and Technology at UCB Pharma. He earned his master’s in Pharmaceutics from Saugor University and his PhD and post-doctoral training from the University of Cincinnati in Pharmaceutical Sciences. He earned MBAs from Cornell University—in general business administration and finance—and Queen’s University.

Marco Gil, senior vice-president of Sales & Marketing, Hovione, graduated from the Chemical Engineering department at the Technical University of Lisbon, where he also obtained a PhD in chemistry in 2006. In 2007 he joined the Hovione R&D department as a scientist in the particle design discipline. The focus of his work was the application of particle engineering technologies to improve bioavailability of poorly water-soluble drugs. In May 2011 he was appointed the director of R&D Process Chemistry and was responsible for a group of dedicated scientists focused on the development and scale-up of chemical processes for the production of active ingredients. He has held several management responsibilities, including site general manager of Hovione operations in the United States and commercial-related functions. He is author of more than 15 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters, co-author in two patents, and an invited speaker in more than 10 international conferences.

Alex Trombley
, business development manager for the Huttlin portfolio line at Syntegon. He spent five years with Eli Lilly and Co. working on formulation and process development work for oral solid dosage forms before joining Syntegon in 2021. Trombley is experienced in early phase formulation development, process identification, scale-up, and technology transfer and has worked extensively with continuous manufacturing, high shear granulation, fluid bed granulation, tableting, and coating. At Syntegon, he is focused on technical support, customer trials, and market development for Huttlin products in North America. He studied chemical engineering with a minor in computer science at the University of Michigan.

Gary Pond is the global lead authentication for Colorcon and is responsible for leading the overall strategy, business planning, and operational execution for Colorcon’s on-dose authentication business. Pond has more than 25 years of experience in product management, marketing, operations, and digital transformation, and he is an established leader in on-dose authentication. Prior to Colorcon, Pond held marketing and operational leadership roles at Sanofi, Merck & Co, Abraxis Bioscience, and IQVIA.

Ali Rajabi-Siahboomi is the vice president and chief innovation officer at Colorcon, based at the global headquarter in the United States. Rajabi-Siahboomi has held various academic positions in Nottingham and Liverpool JM Universities in the United Kingdom before joining Colorcon as technical director, responsible for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa in 2000. His main research interests are solid dosage form pharmaceutics, pharmaceutical technology with emphasis on oral drug delivery systems, solubility enhancement to improve bioavailbility, and consistency of drugs and bioequivalence formulations. He has published more than 300 articles, book chapters, abstracts, and patents and obtained his B.Pharm. and PhD in pharmacy from the University of Nottingham (UK).

About the Drug Solutions Podcast

Pharmaceutical Technology presents the Drug Solutions podcast, where the editors will chat with industry experts from across the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical supply chain. Join us as experts share insights into your biggest questions—from the technologies, to strategies, to regulations related to the development and manufacture of drug products.

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