The first Guest lecture for this Fall semester will be on October 27th at 2:00 p.m. We will be having Dr. Firouz Asgarzadeh and Mitul Patel, from Evonik Pharma. Dr. Asgarzadeh’s topic of presentation will be “An overview functional coating systems with methacrylic copolymers” and Mitul Patel will be talking about “Functional Coating Scale Up Considerations”.
Here’s a summary of their presentations:
“Methacrylic Copolymers (Eudragit) have been used for enteric protection, sustained release, taste-masking and moisture protection of active pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) for 60 years.
During these presentations, we will review the chemistry, physical properties and applications of Eudragit polymers in functional coating of APIs. The formulation, process conditions and scale up strategies in tablet and particle coating processes will be discussed in depth.
Biography of Dr. Asgarzadeh:
Dr. Asgarzadeh, is the Director of Technical Services at Evonik Pharma Polymers and Services, North America Region, supporting the EUDRAGIT® modified delivery product line. Dr. Asgarzadeh has over 13 years of experience in the development of solid, liquid and injectable pharmaceutical formulations. His current research interest at Evonik is the development of innovative formulations and processes for targeted oral drug delivery, injectable extended release, solubility and bioavailability enhancement of
poorly soluble actives.
Prior to joining Evonik, he was Principal Scientist at Merck (Schering-Plough) and Senior
Scientist at Catalent Pharma Solutions (Cardinal Health) where he developed several early
and late stage oral solid and lipid products focusing his research on solubility enhancement technology platforms inducing self (micro) emulsifying drug delivery systems (S(M)EDDS) and pharmaceutical melt extrusion. Dr. Asgarzadeh is the current Chair Elect for Contract Research Organization (CRO) focus group and past chair for Excipient Focus Group (EFG).
Dr. Asgarzadeh earned his Ph.D. in Polymeric Materials and Composites from Université
Claude Bernard (Lyon I), France in 1999. During his Ph.D. in Lyon and post-doctoral year at UPenn, his research was focused on the applications of Living Radical Polymerization methods (ATRP and RAFT) in the manufacturing of polymers with complex architectures. He also has master degrees in Physical Chemistry of Molecular and Macromolecular Materials from Université Louis Pasteur (Strasbourg I), France, and in Polymer Technology and Industry from the University of Tehran-Polytechnic, Iran.
Biography of Mitul Patel:
Mitul Patel is a Principal Scientist at Evonik Pharma Polymers North American region for Eudragit Polymer lines.
Mitul Patel has over 9 years of experience in drug product development (specifically solid orals), scale up and wide range of pharmaceutical coating applications.
Prior to joining Evonik, he was working as a formulation scientist at Aurobindo Pharma USA and Sun Pharmaceutical Inc, where he developed generic drug formulations including modified release dosage forms and different coating applications to develop sustained release products for submission to USFDA.
Mitul holds a Bachelor degree in pharmaceutical science.