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September 2012

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DRUG DESIGN – Fragment-Based Drug Design: Delivering Drugs That Hit Multiple targets, Leveraging Insights From Systems Biology

David Pompliano, PhD, believes the next generation of pharmaceuticals will have to hit more than one target simultaneously in order to fully exploit the knowledge gained from systems biology, and currently, the most effective strategy to achieve this rational design goal is computational fragment-based drug design (CFBDD).

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ANALYTICAL TESTING – Analytical Tools & Techniques in Hot Melt Extrusion & Case Studies on Formulation Development & Process Scale-Up

Tony Listro, MS, MBA; Mike Borek, Michael Crowley, PhD, MBA; and Kathrin Nollenberger, PhD; review how a stepwise approach to characterizing formulation prototypes using microscopy, thermal analysis, spectroscopy, nonsink dissolution testing, and chromatography can be used to rapidly rank order formulations.

EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW – DPT Laboratories: Providing Solutions to Sterile & Non-Sterile Development & Manufacturing of Semi-Solid & Liquid Dosage Forms

Paul Johnson, DPT Group President & Chief Operating Officer, talks about the consistent growth and success of DPT, its expansion in the sterile arena, and plans for the future.

DRUG DELIVERY – Hyaluronic Acid: An Ideal Ingredient for Slow-Release Formulations for Osteoarthritis Treatment

Morten J. Maltesen, PhD; and Ole M. Dall, MSc; believe that in addition to its physiological and biological effects in the joints, HA exhibits significant structural and rheological properties that make it an attractive carrier for drug delivery applications.

SPECIAL FEATURE: Handheld Injection Devices: Safer, Simpler, and More Customized

In this exclusive Drug Development & Delivery annual report, handheld injection experts provide their thoughts about the various factors backing the adoption of the devices including ease of use, pain-free delivery, and differentiation for product line extensions.

PACKAGING – Trends in Pharmaceutical Primary Packaging for Injectables – Solutions for New Challenges

Claudia Petersen forecasts that primary packaging suppliers will assume an increasing number of production steps relating to closure preparation for the fill & finish process, and as a result, they will evolve from component providers to system suppliers and product development project partners.

DRUG DESIGN – Fragment-Based Drug Design: Delivering Drugs That Hit Multiple targets, Leveraging Insights From Systems Biology

David Pompliano, PhD, believes the next generation of pharmaceuticals will have to hit more than one target simultaneously in order to fully exploit the knowledge gained from systems biology, and currently, the most effective strategy to achieve this rational design goal is computational fragment-based drug design (CFBDD).

MANAGEMENT INSIGHT – Whiteboard Walls & Open Doors: Creating an Environment for Pharmaceutical Innovation

Derek G. Hennecke continues with part 5 of his 6-part series on lessons learned from other industries.

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