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SMi proudly presents the 4th Annual Ophthalmic Drugs Conference Workshop Day taking place on the 24th November 2021, in London.

The global ophthalmic drug market is forecast to surpass $60 billion USD by 2025 with increasing focus from the industry on alternative delivery approaches and improving the effectiveness of the current repertoire of drugs in order to grow away from intravitreal injections and other surgical approaches to ocular therapy. With 50% of the global population predicted to have complications in their sight within the next few decades, ophthalmic medicine is set to become one of the biggest industries in pharmaceuticals.

In this workshop, challenges associated with different delivery systems and routes of administration will be explored. The benefits and challenges in the design of long-acting (LA) drug delivery systems will be analysed. In this session we will also use tangible examples of both ocular and non-ocular LA technologies that have been successfully launched in the market. Finally, it will focus on the design space of LA technologies for small molecules vs biologics and the applicability of devices in the delivery of LA formulations.


By attending you shall:
• Learn current unmet medical needs in the treatment of ocular diseases
• Discuss current LA products on the market – analysing both ocular and non-ocular technologies
• Discuss challenges in the design of a LA ocular drug delivery technology for small vs large molecules
• Role of devices in the delivery of LA drug delivery systems
• Reviewing novel LA technologies under development
 

 

Aerie Pharmaceuticals; Alcon Management SA; Boehringer Ingelheim Biopharmaceuticals Gmbh; Carl Zeiss AG; Centro de Oftamologia Barraquer; Experimentica Ltd; Eyenuk; Global Ophthamology R&D, Santen Inc, USA; Graybug Vision Inc; iVeena; Iveric Bio; Kingston University; Kingston University London; Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA); Medivis; MedPharm Ltd; MHRA; Nanoptima Ltd; Newcastle University; Novartis Pharmaceutical inc; Ophthalmic Drugs 2019; Ophthalmology Times Europe; Optceutics Ltd; ProMed Pharma, LLC; ProQR Therapeutics; RAFARM S.A. Pharmaceuticals; Roche; Roche Products Limited; Santen UK; Spark Therapeutics; Thea Open Innovation; Topivert; twoXAR; UCL Institute of Ophthalmology; UCL School of Pharmacy and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology; University of Oxford; University of Reading; University of Strathclyde;
 

Workshop programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Opening remarks and introductions

Thakur Raghu Raj Singh

Thakur Raghu Raj Singh, Professor in Pharmaceutics, Founder and CTO Re-Vana Therapeutics, Chair for Ocular Delivery Focus Group, Queen's University Belfast
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Laurence  Fitzhenry

Laurence Fitzhenry, Lecturer & Project Coordinator, ORBITAL-ITN
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9:10 Understanding the challenges of ocular drug delivery

  • This initial session will prioritise delivery of therapeutics to the anterior and posterior segment of the eye.
  • The session will also review the most pressing challenges faced in ocular drug delivery.
  • Thakur Raghu Raj Singh

    Thakur Raghu Raj Singh, Professor in Pharmaceutics, Founder and CTO Re-Vana Therapeutics, Chair for Ocular Delivery Focus Group, Queen's University Belfast
    View Bio

    Laurence  Fitzhenry

    Laurence Fitzhenry, Lecturer & Project Coordinator, ORBITAL-ITN
    View Bio

    10:00 What have we learnt from existing LA systems?

  • During this session we will review the opportunities and drawbacks for in vitro testing
  • Assessing the limitations surrounding regulations in the evaluation of LA drug delivery systems
  • Thakur Raghu Raj Singh

    Thakur Raghu Raj Singh, Professor in Pharmaceutics, Founder and CTO Re-Vana Therapeutics, Chair for Ocular Delivery Focus Group, Queen's University Belfast
    View Bio

    Laurence  Fitzhenry

    Laurence Fitzhenry, Lecturer & Project Coordinator, ORBITAL-ITN
    View Bio

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Analysis of current challenges in the design of LA drug delivery systems loaded with small molecules vs large molecules

  • In this session we will discuss current possibilities and constraints in the design of an LA system for the delivery of therapeutics to the ocular environment.
  • Thakur Raghu Raj Singh

    Thakur Raghu Raj Singh, Professor in Pharmaceutics, Founder and CTO Re-Vana Therapeutics, Chair for Ocular Delivery Focus Group, Queen's University Belfast
    View Bio

    Laurence  Fitzhenry

    Laurence Fitzhenry, Lecturer & Project Coordinator, ORBITAL-ITN
    View Bio

    11:50 Future gazing: a look into the next generation of delivery platforms

  • During this session we will review recent developments of both new ocular therapeutics LA systems under clinical investigations and other new technologies on the horizon
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    Thakur Raghu Raj Singh

    Thakur Raghu Raj Singh, Professor in Pharmaceutics, Founder and CTO Re-Vana Therapeutics, Chair for Ocular Delivery Focus Group, Queen's University Belfast
    View Bio

    Laurence  Fitzhenry

    Laurence Fitzhenry, Lecturer & Project Coordinator, ORBITAL-ITN
    View Bio

    12:20 Closing Remarks

    Thakur Raghu Raj Singh

    Thakur Raghu Raj Singh, Professor in Pharmaceutics, Founder and CTO Re-Vana Therapeutics, Chair for Ocular Delivery Focus Group, Queen's University Belfast
    View Bio

    Laurence  Fitzhenry

    Laurence Fitzhenry, Lecturer & Project Coordinator, ORBITAL-ITN
    View Bio

    12:30 Lunch

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Laurence  Fitzhenry

    Laurence Fitzhenry

    Lecturer & Project Coordinator, ORBITAL-ITN
    Thakur Raghu Raj Singh

    Thakur Raghu Raj Singh

    Professor in Pharmaceutics, Founder and CTO Re-Vana Therapeutics, Chair for Ocular Delivery Focus Group, Queen's University Belfast

    Laurence Fitzhenry

    Lecturer & Project Coordinator, ORBITAL-ITN
    Laurence  Fitzhenry

    Dr. Laurence Fitzhenry is a Lecturer in Chemistry at the Department of Science, Waterford Institute of Technology and Principal Investigator of the Ocular Therapeutics Research Group (OTRG) at the PMBRC.
    He received his PhD in polymer and analytical chemistry from WIT in 2011, where he conducted his postdoctoral research on the development of contact lenses for the controlled release of pharmaceutical actives.
    Laurence is the project co-ordinator for the MSCA-funded ORBITAL-ITN, a global consortium focused on training researchers in the development of innovative strategies for posterior segment drug delivery to the eye.
     

    Thakur Raghu Raj Singh

    Professor in Pharmaceutics, Founder and CTO Re-Vana Therapeutics, Chair for Ocular Delivery Focus Group, Queen's University Belfast
    Thakur Raghu Raj Singh

    Dr Raj Thakur is a Reader in Pharmaceutics at the School of Pharmacy, QUB and is the Co-founder & CTO of Re-Vana Therapeutics. His research interest is in the design and physicochemical characterisation of advanced long-acting biodegradable drug delivery systems including medical devices for localised drug delivery. He is the Chair for Ocular Drug Delivery (OcDD) Focus Group supported by the mission of Controlled Release Society (CRS). He has authored over 165 scientific publications, including 55 full papers, 10 book chapters, five textbooks, several invited talks in national and international conferences and patents.

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    Holiday Inn Kensington Forum is perfectly situated in one of London’s most luxurious and beautiful areas within South Kensington. 

    The hotel is just 2 minutes walk from Gloucester Road tube station for convenient travel to Hyde Park, London Eye, Tower Bridge plus more of London’s top attractions. There are also easy and direct links to some major transport hubs including Victoria, Kings Cross St Pancras, Paddington and Heathrow. 

    This distinctive hotel in south London has so much to offer to make all guests really feel at home. The latest Holiday Inn relaunch is not just about the new look and feel for the hotel but to offer guests more benefits during their stay including a pillow menu for extra comfort during their sleep and a curved shower rail for more spacious feel. 

    In addition to our 906 rooms, all business guests can take advantage of our meeting and conference facilities including High Speed Internet Access and unlimited Starbucks coffee at The Academy. Our hotel’s professional event planners are on board to help take the hard work and stress away from planning your next event. 

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