The Dr. Charles I. Jarowski Industrial Pharmacy Symposium

The 12th Annual Charles I. Jarowski Symposium

Theme: Advances in Biotherapeutics Product Development

Friday, September 17th 

Where: Virtual Conference

Additional Information

In 2006, three distinguished Pharmacy professionals proposed that they create an alumni group to build support for St. John’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and its Industrial Pharmacy Program. With the goal of inspiring and training the next generation of research scientists, Salah Ahmed ’85GP, ’91Ph.D., Navnit Shah ’73GP, ’81Ph.D. and Abu Serajuddin ’82Ph.D. formed the Industrial Pharmacy Committee.
 
Together they conceptualized the Dr. Charles I. Jarowski Industrial Pharmacy Symposium, which would act as a dynamic forum for the exchange of information among distinguished research scientists. The Symposium would be an annual event designed to offer our world class alumni the opportunity to explore topics relevant to the changing dynamics within the pharmaceutical industry. It would also act as an opportunity for networking and professional development between students, alumni and industry representatives.

Mansoor Khan, R.Ph. ’92Ph.D. was the first of many distinguished alumni to present at the Jarowski Symposium. He would subsequently become a key member of the Industrial Pharmacy Planning Committee.

Today, the Symposium has evolved into a major event for both the University and distinguished scientists in Pharmacy and the related professions, attracting over 100 participants annually. The theme for the Symposium is chosen by the Industrial Pharmacy Planning Committee each year to reflect the current trends in the pharmaceutical industry.

Each year, selected graduate students in the Industrial Pharmacy Program have the honor of presenting their research findings to attendees, affording them the opportunity to develop their presentation skills, seek career guidance and engage in networking with their peers and world class scientists.

Pharmaceutical industry suppliers and manufacturers also have the opportunity to sponsor the Symposium. In recognition of their support, they are given the chance to set up tables to demonstrate their products and showcase their technology to their key customers, our alumni.

Since its inception, the Dr. Charles I. Jarowski Symposium has become one of the largest academic forums for Industrial Pharmacy in the Northeast.

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Vivek Gupta, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
St. John’s University, NY

Dr. Vivek Gupta is an Associate Professor of Industrial Pharmacy at the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He is an experienced pharmaceutical researcher with interests in developing novel therapies for respiratory disorders. His expertise lies in the fields of novel drug discovery and repurposing, and the noninvasive delivery of small and macromolecules via oral and inhalation routes. He is participating in the Dr. Charles I. Jarowski Industrial Pharmacy Symposium to help students and academic researchers connect with the pharmaceutical industry.

 

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Nitesh K. Kunda, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
St. John’s University, NY

Dr. Nitesh K. Kunda is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. His research laboratory focuses on developing nanoparticle-based drug delivery systems for those battling infectious diseases and lung cancer, and formulating thermostable and inhalable vaccines. 

Dr. Kunda agreed to be on the Jarowski Scientific Advisory Committee to help organize a scientific meeting that presents the latest research advancements in the field; to build and foster relationships between the University and the pharmaceutical industry; and to provide an engaging platform for students to present their research.

 

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Abu T. Serajuddin ’82Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
St. John’s University, NY

Dr. Abu T. Serajuddin is a Professor of Industrial Pharmacy in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Prior to joining St. John’s in 2008, he worked in scientific and managerial positions in the pharmaceutical industry. 

In his latest positions in the industry, he served as Executive Director and the US Head of Pharmaceutical Research and Development at Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. He has published more than 125 scientific papers and book chapters, and he is a coinventor in 13 patents. For his scientific and professional contributions, he has been elected Fellow of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists and the American Pharmacists Association

 

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Vivian (Yunxia) Bi, Ph.D.
Director of Pharmaceutical Technology
Ashland

Dr. Vivian Bi is currently serving as a Director of Pharmaceutical Technology at Ashland Specialty Ingredients (ASI). She has led various positions in Pfizer Global R&D, Vertex Pharmaceuticals and AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals prior to joining ASI. She has over 20 years' experience with oral and parenteral drug delivery systems. Her recent research interests have expanded into long -acting injectables and implantable for small molecules as well as biologics.   

 

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Matthew Burke, Ph.D.
Vice President, Head of Clinical Development and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Radius Health, Inc., PA

Dr. Matthew Burke is currently serving as Vice President, Head of Clinical Development and Pharmaceutical Sciences, at Radius Health, Inc. Radius’ portfolio includes oral, injectable, and novel microneedle products.  

Prior to joining Radius, Dr. Burke worked for GlaxoSmithKline plc for 18 years at various sites in the US and United Kingdom, and most recently was their Head of Drug Delivery. His motivation for participating in the symposium is to be an ambassador for knowledge sharing and collaboration across the pharmaceutical science field, and to inspire the next wave of young pharmaceutical scientists with new, emerging science. 

 

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Dipen Desai, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Vice President, Complex Product R&D
Amneal Pharmaceuticals LLC

Dr. Dipen Desai serves as Vice President of Formulation and Analytical Research and Development, Complex Product Research, at Amneal Pharmaceuticals LLC. Dr. Desai and his group have been instrumental in developing platform technologies for Solubility Enhancement (BIOMAXX®), Abuse Deterrence Formulations (iADOPT®), Gastro-Retentive System (GRANDE), and a timed, customized, and pulsatile drug release system (KRONOTEC). 

Dr. Desai has been named as an inventor for more than 25 published patents and applications. He has published multiple original research articles and book chapters in the field of formulation development and drug delivery technologies. 

Dr. Desai is also mentoring students for their Ph.D. research work at St. John’s University, Rutgers University, and Long Island University. Dr. Desai earned his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Rhode Island and holds an M.B.A. from the NYU Leonard N. Stern School of Business.

 

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Simerdeep Singh Gupta ’10GP, ’14Ph.D.
Principal Scientist, Product Development
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

Dr. Simerdeep Singh Gupta is a Principal Scientist in Product Development at Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. His areas of research are transdermal and topical formulation development. Dr. Gupta is an alumnus of St. John’s University (’10GP, ’14Ph.D.) who has attended and organized past Jarowski Symposiums and continues to be associated with the University.

 

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Donald Kelemen, Ph.D.
Head, Corporate and Business Development
ABITEC

Dr. Donald Kelemen is the Global Business Director for Pharmaceutical Sciences at ABITEC Corporation. In addition to this commercial role, he also maintains responsibilities in the areas of new product development, the establishment of academic and industrial collaborations, and has active research programs focused in the areas of next generation lipid nanoparticle technologies and the functional assessment of neutral and polar lipids to address the global challenges of antibiotic resistant microorganisms.  

Dr. Kelemen earned his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and his MSc. and Ph.D. degrees from North Carolina State University in Nutritional Sciences and Biotechnology.

 

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Ajay Saxena, Ph.D.
Associate Scientific Director
Bristol Myers Squibb

Dr. Ajay Saxena is Associate Scientific Director in Drug Product Development at Bristol Myers Squibb in New Jersey. Dr. Saxena has more than 12 years of industrial experience. He is an experienced biopharmaceutics and formulation scientist who has led multiple teams to preclinical (solution and suspension) and clinical (oral solid dosage form) formulation development. His focus area involved the development of Novel Drug Delivery Systems, such as nanosuspension, liposomes, and microspheres, to deliver complex modalities. 

He earned his doctoral degree in Pharmaceutics from the University of Bradford, and pursued postdoctoral research at the University of Minnesota. He has received several awards for his contributions, and has several research articles in international peer-reviewed journals and patents to his credit. 

Dr. Saxena believes as the modalities to treat unmet medical conditions are changing, we need to develop right delivery approaches to achieve a targeted response. This symposium is a step forward not just in discussing the need for complex biologics; it will also emphasize the ability of these biologics to be delivered to patients.

St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences calls for presentations at the 12th Annual Dr. Charles I. Jarowski Symposium being held VIRTUALLY on September 17, 2021. The theme of the symposium is “Advances in Biotherapeutic Product Development.” Authors are encouraged to submit their presentation abstracts in line with the symposium theme as early as possible, no later than 5 p.m. EDT, Friday, August 16th  on  via the Poster and Submission Form.

Abstract Guidelines and Submission

Abstract Submission Deadline: 5 p.m. EDT, August 16th.  

1. Abstracts should have the following format:

  • Title of the abstract
  • Names of the author(s) (first name, last name1 (indicate presenting author with an asterick), first name, last name 2, etc.
  • Affiliation (with address) of each author
  • Introduction and purpose
  • Study design and methods
  • Results
  • Conclusion
  • Acknowledgements and references (optional)

2. Abstracts must be typed using Times New Roman, font size 11, line spacing 1.5, with fixed overall margins of 0.75 inches on all four sides.

3. Abstracts may contain up to 400 words. Use of data figures and tables is encouraged. Up to two figures/tables can be incorporated in the abstract body.

4. The actual abstract must be no more than one printed page.

5. Multiple abstracts from same author(s) will be considered.

6.  The abstract should be submitted by e-mail as attachment in PDF format only. 

7.  Few presentations will be selected for live oral presentation. If selected for oral presentation, guidelines will be sent out separately. 

8. All accepted poster presenters will be required to present a video poster during the virtual event. 

**The author responsible for correspondence must include his/her e-mail address and phone number for communication in the body of e-mail.

Questions? [email protected]

The 11th Annual Charles I. Jarowski Symposium in Industrial Pharmacy Challenges in Continuous Manufacturing of Pharmaceuticals

For the last several decades, there has been little innovation in the way pharmaceutical are produced commercially, i.e., by a multistep batch process involving large scare equipment. In addition to being lengthy and cumbersome, the batch process also introduces several possible degradation and contamination stop points. 

To prevent against loss of time and raw material in this lengthy batch manufacturing process, regulatory agencies including the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are pushing for the development of processes capable of producing pharmaceuticals in a single facility, from raw material to finalized dosage forms. This initiative is backed by years of research in both academia and the pharmaceutical industry. Continuous manufacturing will not only eliminate loss of material and products, but will also be able to respond to variations in requirements due to an ever-changing market of pharmaceutical dosage forms.

While many chemical and petrochemical industries have successfully transitioned to continuous manufacturing of products, the transition is stull in its nascent stages. There is significant strive to develop and implement continuous processes combining multiple pharmaceutical unit operations, and a noteworthy body of scientists and regulatory administrators are working to address the challenges associated with developing not only the processes for different dosage and API forms, but also the guidelines for approval of these products. 

"Challenges in Continuous Manufacturing of Pharmaceuticals" is the theme of the 11th Annual Jarowski Symposium on Industrial Pharmacy. In this symposium, we invite key opinion leaders from industry, academia, and the FDA to discuss innovative tactics to maximize the potential and also to bridge the information gap among the difference segments of the pharmaceutical development process. We strive to bring together the cutting-edge advances in basic, translational, and regulatory research to foster understanding of various tools and mechanisms available for a seamless transition from batch to continuous processing of pharmaceuticals. 

 

 

Directions

The park-like Queens campus is readily accessible by car, bus, subway, or air. Located between JFK and LaGuardia Airports, the campus is just off the Grand Central Parkway, which connects Nassau and Suffolk Counties to Queens, Manhattan, and upstate New York.

St. John's University 
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439
GPS: 40.721378, -73.790375
718-990-2000

Campus Map

By Car

From Manhattan 
Take the Queens Midtown Tunnel to the Long Island Expressway, exit at Utopia Parkway. Stay on the service road to Utopia Parkway and turn right. Follow Utopia Parkway to Union turnpike; the campus is on the right.

From Brooklyn 
Option One 
Take the Belt Parkway (East) to the Van Wyck Expressway (678 N.), exit at Main Street/Union Turnpike. Proceed to the third traffic light and make a right onto the Grand Central Parkway service road. Go left on Utopia Parkway (at fourth traffic light) and proceed to the campus.

Option Two
Take the Jackie Robinson Parkway (East) to the Grand Central Parkway (East); exit at Utopia Parkway, and make a left on to the campus.

From the Bronx 
Option One 
Take the Throgs Neck Bridge to the Clearview Expressway. Take exit 2 and make a right onto Union Turnpike. Make a left onto Utopia Parkway; proceed to main gate (1) and make a right onto the campus.

Option Two 
Take the Triboro Bridge to the Grand Central Parkway. Exit at Utopia Parkway. Turn left at the light and left onto the campus.

From Long Island (North) 
Option One 
Take the Northern State Parkway to the Grand Central Parkway, exit at 188th Street. Turn left at the light, and make an immediate right onto the service road. Follow the service road to Utopia Parkway; bear right to campus.

Option Two 
Take the Long Island Expressway and exit at Utopia Parkway. Make a left on Utopia Parkway and proceed to Union Turnpike. The campus is on the right.

From Long Island (South) 
Take the Southern State Parkway to the Cross Island Parkway. Proceed to the Grand Central Parkway (west), and exit at 188th Street. Turn left at the light, and make an immediate right onto the service road. Follow the service road to Utopia Parkway and bear right to campus.

From Connecticut (North)
Follow I-95 South to the Bruckner Expressway toward the Throgs Neck Bridge. Cross the bridge to the Clearview Expressway. Take exit 2 from the Clearview and make a right onto Union Turnpike. Make a left onto Utopia Parkway; proceed to main gate (1) and make a right onto campus.

From New Jersey 
Take I-95 North or I-80 East to the George Washington Bridge. Cross the bridge and take the Cross Bronx Expressway to I-295 to the Throgs Neck Bridge. Follow directions above from Bronx (Option One).

Parking Rules and Regulations 
View the parking program page for more information on:

  • How to apply for a permit
  • Where to park
  • Enforcement and fines
  • Definitions

By Air

La Guardia Airport 
Take the Grand Central Parkway east (toward Long Island). Exit at Utopia Parkway, turn left at the light and left onto the campus (a 15 minute drive).

Kennedy Airport 
Take the Van Wyck Expressway to the Main Street/Union Turnpike, exit. Proceed to the third traffic light and make a right onto the Grand Central Parkway service road. Make a left on Utopia Parkway (at the fourth traffic light) and enter the campus (a 15-20 minute drive).

Public Transportation

I.N.D. Subways 
E Train 
Take train to Kew Gardens/Union Turnpike station. Take Q-46 bus to Union Turnpike and Utopia Parkway.

F Train 
Take train to 169th Street station. Take Q-30 or Q-31 bus to St. John's University main gate on Utopia Parkway and 82nd Avenue.

I.R.T. Subway, 7 Train 
Take train to Main Street, Flushing.
Take Q-17 bus to Utopia Parkway and the Long Island Expressway. Transfer to the Q-30 or Q-31 bus to St. John's University main gate on Utopia Parkway and 82nd Avenue.

Long Island Railroad (L.I.R.R.) 
Take L.I.R.R. to Jamaica Station. Take the Q-30 bus to St. John's University main gate on Utopia Parkway and 82nd Avenue.