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Loss Lecture Series to Feature Zhao, Panel


Loss Lecture Series to Feature Zhao, Panel

The 2013 Loss Science Lecture Series will feature Dr. Fang Zhao, Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Wegmans School of Pharmacy. The lecture will take place on Wednesday, October 16, at 7:00 p.m. in Basil 135. It is free and open to the public.

Zhao will present “Targeted Drug Delivery – The Quest for the Magic Bullet.” Modern medications can work wonders, although sometimes that comes with unpleasant side effects. During the last decade, several drug delivery platforms have demonstrated great promise, such as liposomes, antibodies, polymer conjugates, and functionalized nanoparticles. Zhao’s talk will review the design principles of these systems and discuss the potential benefits and challenges.

Zhao obtained her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Kansas in 1993, and her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the same institution in 1996. Prior to joining Fisher, she was a formulation scientist in the pharmaceutical industry for over 11 years, first at Bristol-Myers Squibb, and later with Bausch & Lomb. During that time, she developed various pharmaceutical dosage forms for clinical trials and commercial manufacturing. At Fisher, Zhao teaches pharmacokinetics, pharmaceutics, drug delivery, and extemporaneous compounding. Her research efforts continue to center around drug product development and characterization. In addition, she has received a number of research grants and contracts from government, private foundations, and pharmaceutical companies. She has published over 20 journal articles, patents, and book chapters. Most recently, her article published in Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences was among the top 10 downloaded articles of 2012.

Immediately following the lecture, Zhao will facilitate a panel for the Q&A portion of the lecture. Panelists will include Brian R. Rohrs, Ph.D., Director, Pharmaceutical Product Development, Bausch & Lomb; Bob Lincoln, Development Chemist, Unither Manufacturing LLC; and Lisa Simpson, Senior Manager, Global Project Management, Bausch & Lomb.

Rohrs received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Rochester in 1983, and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1988. He began his career in the pharmaceutical industry at The Upjohn Company, and worked at Pharmacia and Pfizer in the areas of analytical chemistry, dissolution and drug release, pre-formulation characterization, and formulation development. Since moving to Bausch & Lomb in 2005, he now specializes in ophthalmic formulations. Rohrs has numerous patents and publications, and has lectured on a variety of topics related to the pharmaceutical sciences, including drug delivery, dissolution, in vitro/in vivo correlations, and content uniformity. He is a member of the editorial board for Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Dissolution Technologies, and has served as Chair of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Ophthalmic Drug Delivery and Disposition Focus Group.

Lincoln graduated from the University of Rochester in 1980 with a B.S. in Chemistry. He has worked for Unither Manufacturing, LLC (formerly known as Pennwalt Pharmaceuticals) for the past 33 years. In his role, Lincoln is responsible for the development and validation of analytical test methods, which support manufacturing processes and current analytical testing performed in all site laboratories. He specializes in many techniques of instrumental analyses. In addition, he has worked on many different new drug applications (NDAs) and biological licensing applications (BLAs). Lincoln has trained and transferred testing to laboratories in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, UK, Mexico, and Japan.

Simpson received a B.S. in Biological Sciences from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where she concentrated on Environmental Biology. Shortly after graduation, she started a research and development (R&D) career at Bausch & Lomb, and has been with the company ever since. For about a decade, she worked in various R&D labs, then participated in an Executive Program at RIT and received a M.S. in Product Development. For the last 15 years, she has been a Program Manager, working on a variety of eye care projects, with a majority of them falling in the pharmaceutical eye care area.

The Robert and Janice Loss Science Lecture Series was established in 2003 to promote the study of the sciences among high school and college students.

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