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Pharmaceutical Science in a Changing World

Reflecting the needs for sustainability and diversity in addressing the health of globally connected populations


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PharmSci 2019 at a glance

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PharmaSci 2019 Programme

We are pleased to announce this year’s science chair is Professor Cameron Alexander

Cameron is Professor of Polymer Therapeutics, a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Fellow, an EPSRC Impact Fellow, and Head of the Division of Molecular Therapeutics and Formulation at the School of Pharmacy, University of Nottingham, UK.

He received degrees (BSc and PhD) in Chemistry from the University of Durham, UK and carried out post-doctoral research at the Melville Laboratory for Polymer Synthesis, University of Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Higher Education Academy, Chair of the Royal Society of Chemistry Macro Group UK, Chair of the EPSRC Strategic Advisory Team for Physical Sciences and a recent (2009-2014) EPSRC Leadership Fellow. Prof Alexander has published ~ 200 refereed articles in areas ranging from drug delivery and regenerative medicine to synthetic biology, receiving nearly 9000 citations to date. From 2006-2016, Cameron led the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Therapeutics and Nanomedicines at Nottingham and University College London with leading pharmaceutical industry partners. He received the Royal Society of Chemistry Macro Group Medal 2014 for contributions to polymer science.
He has been fortunate to work with scientists from more than 20 countries in his research group and is proud to serve the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the UKPharmSci conference

Contact details: School of Pharmacy, University of Nottingham Boots Science Building, University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2RD UK.
Tel: +44 (0) 115 846 7678; Fax +44 (0)115 951 5102; Cameron.alexander@nottingham.ac.uk


Dennis Douroumis, University of Greenwich

Sarah Goulding, Innovate UK Knowledge transfer Network (KTN)

Professor Helen Osborn, Professor of Biomedicinal Chemistry, University of Reading

Majella Lane, Senior Lecturer Pharmaceutics, University College London

Laura Mason, Upperton Pharma Solutions (UKICRS Treasurer)

Mark McAllister-Pfizer

Yvonne Perrie, Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

David Scurr, University of Nottingham

Prof Martin Snowden, University of Greenwich

David Streather, Astra Zeneca

Professor Laura Waters, University of Huddersfield


Dr Bruce Alexander-University of Greenwich

Dr Asma Buanz,UCL School of Pharmacy

Dr Alexander Edwards, Associate Professor, University of Reading

Professor Dr Thomas Efferth, Editor-in- Chief, Phytomedicine Chair, Department of Pharmaceutical Biology, Institute of Pharmacy and Biochemistry Johannes Gutenberg University

Dr Enrico Ferrari, Senior Lecturer, University of Lincoln

Dr Mark Frigerio, Ph.D Director, Chemistry UK, Abzena

Mr Jean Philippe Ganay, Pfizer

Professor Julie Hawkins, Professor of Plant Systematics and Evolution, School of Biological Sciences, University of Reading

Asha Kumari Patel, Lecturer in Cell & Gene Therapy, Imperial College London

Yvonne Pendry, University of Greenwich

Jukka Rantanen, professor of pharmaceutical technology and engineering at the Department of Pharmacy,University of Copenhagen

Professor Clive Roberts, Professor of Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology, Head of School of Pharmacy, University of Nottingham

Dr Bruno Sil dos Santos, Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Science and Pharmacology, School of Human Sciences, London Metropolitan University

Dr Hélder A. Santos, Associate Professor, University of Helsinki

Dr Floriane Séquier, Team Leader, Global Product Development, AstraZeneca

Professor Twan Lammers, Head of Department Nanomedicine and Theranostics, RWTH Aachen University

Dr Ashraf Ismail Mcgill, University of Greenwich

Dr Maria J. Vicent, PhD, Polymer Therapeutics Lab, Centro de Investigación príncipe Felipe

Dr Zoe Wallwe, University of East Anglia

Vipul Yadav, Intract’s Director of Research

Twan Lammers obtained a DSc degree in Radiation Oncology from Heidelberg University in 2008 and a PhD degree in Pharmaceutics from Utrecht University in 2009. In the same year, he started the Nanomedicine and Theranostics group at RWTH Aachen University Clinic. In 2014, he was promoted to full professor of medicine at RWTH Aachen. He has published over 150 research articles and reviews, and has received several scholarships and award. He is associate editor for Europe for the Journal of Controlled Release. His primary research interests include drug targeting to tumors, image-guided drug delivery and tumor-targeted combination therapies.

Nanomedicines are 1-100(0) nm-sized carrier materials designed to improve the biodistribution and the target site accumulation of systemically administered (chemo-) therapeutic drugs. By delivering drug molecules more efficiently to pathological sites, and by preventing them from accumulating in healthy tissues, nanomedicines are able to improve the balance between efficacy and toxicity. Nanomedicines rely on the Enhanced Permeability and Retention (EPR) effect for efficient target site accumulation, which is notoriously known to be highly variable, both in animal models and in patients. To overcome this high heterogeneity in EPR, and to improve the (pre-) clinical performance of cancer nanomedicines, we are working on systems and strategies to modulate and monitor tumor-targeted drug delivery. In the present lecture, several “smart” strategies will be highlighted, including pharmacological and physical modulation of tumor blood vessels and the microenvironment, and theranostic concepts for individualized and improved nanomedicine treatment.

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Due to high demand, the committee has decided to extend the submission deadline to 11.59pm on Friday 10 May
Don’t miss out and submit as soon as possible!

Abstracts are invited for posters.

This is one of the most exciting parts of the conference as it represents the presentation of the very latest pharmaceutical science research.
Abstracts on any aspect of the Pharmaceutical Sciences are welcomed and those with a particular emphasis on the theme of this year’s Conference, “Pharmaceutical Science in a Changing World” are particularly appreciated.

Details of the various subject categories, an abstract template and details of the entry process can be found here

Please ensure abstracts are submitted online and comply with the Abstract Submission Template.

There will be prizes awarded for winning posters on each day of the Conference and authors of abstracts of particular interest will be invited to give podium presentations (10 minutes) which is part of the main sessions within the conference. This is an excellent chance to get your science recognised at the UK’s premier Pharmaceutical Science Conference.

Past Poster Winners.


The APS received an exceptional pool of nominations this year, and are pleased to announce that

Professor Clive Roberts, Professor of Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology, Head of School of Pharmacy, University of Nottingham will deliver the APS plenary lecture this year.
Clive will deliver a lecture on
“The potential of 3D printing in the development and manufacture of medicines and its impact upon Pharmacy”

Clive has built an outstanding research profile that covers the application of novel analytical and formulation strategies to develop new medicines and biomedical devices. In particular, Clive is internationally known for his accomplishments in additive manufacturing (i.e. 3D printing), with the first example worldwide of ink jetting for drug formulations being published in 2011 (Scoutaris et al, J Control Release 156 (2), 179-185). Clive’s group and collaborations in 3D printing have addressed fundamental scientific issues needed to apply this technology for the printing of solid dosage forms. Much of this seminal work is now being funded by the EPSRC, AZ and GSK and the applications of this work are now being exhibited to the wider public (e.g. London Science Museum and Manchester Industrial Science Museum). Clive is also well known as an inspiring and engaging speaker at all levels, from schools visits through to the most prestigious international conferences (APS and CRS)

The APS plenary lecture award is sponsored by AstraZeneca and is awarded to nominated members of APS who have made an outstanding scientific contribution in their work and are ambassadors of international repute.

The Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences present the Innovative Science Award sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline at PharmSci and invite pharmaceutical scientists to submit an application. Entrants are welcome from researchers from across the globe in academia, industry, public service or other scientific establishments. The individual applicant should have demonstrated, through published work, a significant innovation which has the potential for application within the pharmaceutical industry. Submission Criteria Applicants are requested to submit their CV and a synopsis of their research of not more than 500 words, focussing on its importance to the pharmaceutical industry. Prize The winner will receive a Commemorative Award, £1,000 in prize money and an invitation to present the Innovative Science Award Lecture on their work at APS PharmSci.

Closing date 28th February 2019- send all applications to info@apsgb.org

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The Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences presents the Emerging Scientist Award and invite emerging pharmaceutical scientists to submit an application.

Entrants are welcome from researchers from across the globe in academia, industry, public service or other scientific establishments. Applicants should be no more than 10 years since award of their PhD, have an outstanding track record (for this stage of their career) indicative of excellent potential.

Submission Criteria

Both nominations and self-nominations are welcome. Submission should include:
• Complete CV including full list of publications, research grants awarded, details of PhD supervision, list of invited presentations etc.
• A one-page cover letter, highlighting key achievements of the candidate and suitability for the award.

Entries should be submitted via email to carol@apsgb.org including ‘Emerging Scientist Award’ in the subject field. Your email application must include your full name and postal address, a contact telephone number, your email, and your institution or organisation’s name. Deadline for applications is Friday 12th April 2019. Entries will be judged by an APS panel.

The winner will receive an invitation to present the Emerging Scientist Award Lecture on their work at PharmSci 2019

Sponsorship and Exhibiting-take a look at all the opportunities in our brochure

The conference includes a large pharmaceutical sciences exhibition to highlight big pharma companies, small and medium size enterprises (SMEs), contract research organisations (CROs) and technology suppliers.

This will be held in the Queen Mary Undercroft, so exhibitors will be situated where all refreshments are taken, with many opportunities during the conference for delegates to visit your table and discuss your company and services.

Exhibitors Package

This includes

Table top (approx. 1.75m x 0.8m)

One full delegate Conference Pass

Company name and hyperlink on the Exhibition’ page

Cost of package £1000

One additional exhibitor only pass for the full conference can also be purchased for an additional colleague in your company for £250.

Additional Opportunity this year…….

For an additional fee exhibitors can have a 10-minute slot on the first day of the conference to present their company and technology allowing 5 minutes for questions. These are limited slots and will need to be booked. For our loyal supporters who have exhibited before these can be purchased at a 50 % reduction of £250.

If you have any questions, please contact

Valerie Bassigny
Conference Director

Profile Production (Managing Conference for APS)


Tel +44 (0)20 3725 5840

You can present your brand, company and products to our delegates, meet potential clients and new employees face to face. Use the exhibition space to demonstrate your services and products to over 400 potential partners and customers. The PharmSci Conference 2019 gives you the opportunity to connect with pharmaceutical industry, university research groups UK and globally, professionals and influential experts, and also to connect with future employees from the talented research students.

If you have any questions, please contact

Valerie BassignyConference DirectorProfile Production (Managing Conference for APS)


Tel +44 (0)20 3725 5840

Sponsorship Brochure for PharmSci 2019

Social Events-Opportunity to dine in the finest dinning hall in Europe-Painted Hall

Social Networking event – Wednesday 11th September 2019

This will take place on the first day and gives an ideal opportunity for delegates, speakers, exhibitors to socialise in the setting of the Queen Anne Courtyard. Drinks and food will be served. This is included in the registration cost for the delegate fees on the Wednesday.

Conference Black-Tie Dinner – Thursday 12th September 2019

This will take place in the The Painted Hall which is a striking baroque space designed by Sir Christopher Wren and Nicholas Hawksmoor, and often described as the “finest dining hall in Europe”. It features spectacular wall and ceiling decoration by Sir James Thornhill, who lavished 19 years on this, his masterwork. It has recently been closed for renovation since 2016, so gives the unique opportunity to see the works undertaken.
The black-tie dinner includes the Academy Awards Ceremony where the academy present awards to recognise the contribution of colleagues in the field.
PharmSci 2019 Black Tie Dinner is a prestige event attended by many of the key note speakers, board and advisory board of the Academy.

Accommodation and Venue

Located in the heart of Greenwich and overlooking the River Thames. Getting There.

The Greenwich Campus is on a World Heritage Site on the banks of the River Thames. The university’s largest campus is centred on three baroque buildings designed by Sir Christopher Wren at the end of the 17th century. The Independent newspaper described it as “more breathtaking than the Versailles of Louis XIV”. Read More.

Greenwich is a popular area in East London and accommodation can be found nearby in numerous hotels.

Delegates are able to book fully inclusive places at the conference, to include accommodation at the Travelodge in Greenwich or rooms within the University of Greenwich.

These will be available shortly to book online and are not available to book without a place at PharmSci 2019.

Registration fees

Members 1 day (Wed & Social) 2 days (Thus & Fri) 3 days (Wed & Social, Thurs & Fri)
Industry Members £195 £320 £470
Academic Member £141 £236 £350
Student Member £75.50 £123 £180
Industry Non-Member £255 £380 £530
Academic Non-Member £201 £296 £410
Student Non-Member £95.50 £143 £200

The social networking event on Wednesday  11th September is include in the delegate rate for that day.

This will take place on the first day and gives an ideal opportunity for delegates, speakers, exhibitors to socialise in the setting of the Queen Anne Courtyard. Drinks and food will be served.

The Conference Black-Tie Dinner  is on the Thursday 12th September 2019 and will take place in the The Painted Hall. This can be booked separately when you register.

All prices specified in the price list are given exclusive of VAT.

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