Drug Formulation and Delivery
Learn about different dosage forms, different routes of administration and the physicochemical and physiological principles underlying modern drug delivery.
This course will introduce you to the principles of drug formulation and delivery.
The ultimate aim of drug formulation is to deliver the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) through biological membranes to the right target in the right concentration during a defined time interval. Optimal performance of the drug formulation can be achieved by considering the physicochemical properties of API and excipients, along with both the pharmacological properties and processability of a given formulation.
Understanding the most relevant factors affecting the drug product performance enables the development of an optimal pharmaceutical product.
The course will consist of 12 lectures covering different concepts related to designing a dosage form and delivering the active pharmaceutical ingredient to the right target. Lectures will cover the importance of biological and metabolic barriers related to delivery, role of preformulation/processing, and finally, the design of formulation –specific lectures will be on solid dosage forms, semisolids, inhalation products, and macromolecular delivery systems.
We have assembled a unique team of both industrial and academic speakers, who are experts in specific dosage forms, formulation principles and the underpinning sciences. The mixture between academia and industry speakers gives you a well-rounded perspective on both the theoretic background and the application of modern drug delivery.
You will learn:
- Think of the delivery of drugs in a pharmaceutical way
- How the dosage form can be tailored to the needs of the patient and disease to be treated
- Decide what administrative route, and delivery systems might be optimal for a given drug
- About the physicochemical and physiological principles that are forming the basis of a rational development of modern dosage forms.
Professionals in need of interdisciplinary overview
The course is for professionals in the pharmaceutical industry who need an interdisciplinary overview of the principles of drug formulation and delivery; e.g. different dosage forms, different routes of administration, and the physicochemical and physiological principles underlying modern drug delivery.
- Hold a relevant bachelor degree or equivalent
- Have a minimum 2 years of relevant job experience in drug development
- Be proficient in English
Find detailed information about the admission criteria.
- Course coordinators
- Korbinian Löbmann
Korbinian Löbmann, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy, University of Copenhagen.
Jukka Rantanen, Professor, Department of Pharmacy, University of Copenhagen.
Hanne Mørck Nielsen, Associate Professor at the Department of Pharmacy, University of Copenhagen.
Anette Müllertz, Director of The Bioneer:FARMA Center, Department of Pharmacy, University of Copenhagen.
Heidi Lopez de Diego, Senior Specialist in solid state characterization at Lundbeck A/S
Daniel Bar-Shalom, Associate Professor at the Department of Pharmacy, University of Copenhagen.
Clare Strachan, Associate Professor, University of Helsinki, Finland.
Heidi Lopez de Diego, Principle Scientist, Lundbeck A/S, Denmark.
Cecilie Maria Madsen, Senior Scientist, Lundbeck A/S, Denmark.
Kyrre Thalberg, Ass. Principal Scientist at AstraZeneca, R&D, Lund.
The list of lecturers may be subject to change.
This course is offered as an compulsory course in the Master of Industrial Drug Development programme.
Priority is given to students enrolled on Master of Industrial Drug Development. Once the enrolled students have been admitted to the course, the remaining seats are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
|Duration:||5 days on campus|
|Dates:||Expected to be offered next time in autumn 2024|
|Frequency||Only available every second year|
|Place:||University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
|Course fee:||EU/EEA citizens: 17,200
Non-EU/EEA citizens: 19,980
The fee includes lunch/coffee.
|Level and credit:||Master course; 4 ECTS|
|Examination date:||Please consult the exam schedule|
|Application deadline:||8 weeks prior to course start|
|Admission:||To be admitted, you must meet the admission criteria for Master of Industrial Drug Development|
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