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SPDS in collaboration with AAPS, USA organizes Disso India 2021 Online

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Held annually, the flagship conference of the Society for Pharmaceutical Dissolution Science (SPDS) brings together professionals from pharmaceutical R&D, quality assurance and quality control as well as academics from India and abroad, attended by speakers from United States, Europe and Asia. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the international conference was organized online in collaboration with AAPS, USA and co-hosted the event from June 24-26, 2021 (3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., IST ).

The conference started with a prayer and the Anugraha Bashan by Pujya Swamiji Sachidananda Maharaj, The Muttathipathi by Mahameeru Peetam, Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh.

The event was opened by the guest of honor – Dr BPS Reddy, President of the Hetero Enterprise Group and Guest of Honor B Suresh, Pro-Chancellor, JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research, Mysuru and President, Pharmacy Council of India.

The theme of the event was “Dissolution as an essential tool for the performance of pharmaceuticals”. The Society for Pharmaceutical Dissolution Science (SPDS), an organization soon to end its 10 years, has gained international presence and acceptance in a short time.

Disso India-2021 Online had a total of 19 lectures given by prominent professionals working in the pharmaceutical industry from around the world as well as academics coupled with a roundtable. The international conference brought together more than 2,000 delegates over the three days, from industry and academia from around the world. Subject matter experts presented various advances and developments related to the science of dissolution and its applications. The event is organized by its chairman – Vijay Kshirsagar, vice chairman, Dr Padma Devarajan, vice chairman -SPDS and general secretary Dr L Ramaswamy, managing director of Sotax India and members of the organizing committee.

The scientific sessions were scheduled and executed under the chairmanship of Professor Arvind Bansal, Head of Department of Pharmacy, NIPER, SAS Nagar and Co-Chair-Dr Vinod P Shah, ex-US FDA and Pharmaceutical Consultant, USA.

The Book of Scientific Summaries was inaugurated by the Guest. Another highlight of the event was the release of the second edition of the Desk book of Pharmaceutical Dissolution Science & Applications by Dr Tina Morris, CEO of AAPS, USA. The Desk Book is one of a kind and contains around 20 chapters written and written by expert scientists from around the world. The aim of this publication is to provide academics, industry analysts and researchers with an overview of the basics and fundamentals of science and dissolution testing, recent developments in instrumentation and automation, regulatory requirements changes and innovations in the science of dissolution and in vitro dissolution / release for new dosage forms. The Desk Book has been edited by leading experts from the United States, Dr Vinod P Shah, Dr Umesh Banakar and Dr Sandip Tiwari.

A galaxy of eminent speakers enlightened attendees on current technologies and science focused on dissolution over the three days

The following lectures were seen at the conference:

  • Role of AAPS in advancing pharmaceutical science

Dr Tina Morris, Executive Director, AAPS, USA (keynote speech)

  • The role of dissolution in the development of complex generics, including topical / ophthalmic pharmaceuticals

Dr Vinod P Shah, ex-USFDA, pharmaceutical consultant, United States

  • Solubility – Permeability Interaction in dissolution

Dr VatsalaNageshwaran, Commercial Director, Absorption Systems, USA

  • Co-crystals for improving solubility

Prof. Arvind Bansal, Professor and Head, Department of Pharmacy, NIPER, SAS Nagar, India

  • Excipients for enabling technologies

Dr Sandip Tiwari, Technical Services Manager – Pharmaceutical Solutions, North America, BASF, USA

  • Scientific pursuit for the improvement of human health (main speech)

Dr Andrew Vick, President, AAPS, USA

  • USP Apparatus 4 as a biological exemption tool for specialty formulations

Samir Haddouchi, Managing Director, SPS Pharma Services, Orléans, France

  • Nanosystems: Dissolution methodologies and biopertinent media

Prof Padma Devarajan, Dean of Research and Innovation and Professor of Pharmacy, Institute of Chemical Technology, India

  • Intelligent vs Intellectual vs Regulatory Compliant Dissolution Tests: Where Do We Draw The Line!

Dr Umesh Banakar, Professor and President, Banakar Consulting Services, USA

  • Modeling of physiological absorption (PBAM)

Dr Sandra Suarez-Sharp, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Simulations Plus Inc., United States

  • Relevance of intrinsic dissolution tests (keynote speech on 26e June 2021.

Vijay Kshirsagar, CEO and President, TRAC Consulting, India

  • Predictive bio-dissolution methods

Dr Deanna Mudie, Lonza Inc, United States

  • Clinically Relevant Dissolution Specifications / Patient-Centered Dissolution Tests

Dr Andreas Abend, Group Director of Analytical Sciences, Merck, USA

  • Advances in dynamic dissolution

Mark McAllister, Senior Scientific Director, Pfizer, USA

  • Automation for Dissolution Data Integrity

Jürgen Kempf, Head of Business Development, Automation, SOTAX AG, Switzerland

  • Hydrodynamic and dissolution tests – considerations for the choice of apparatus and medium

Dr Deirdre D’Arcy, Associate Professor, Trinity College, Ireland

  • Pharmacopoeia-compliant UV / Vis spectrometer automated calibration for dissolution testing

Dr Hans-Joachim Muhr, Head of Strategic UV / VIS Product Group Scientific Director, Mettler-Toledo GmbH, Analytical, Switzerland

  • USP 1 Hydrodynamic PIV Measurements – A Close-Up of History

Dr Satish Perivilli, Senior Scientist II, USP Dosage Forms Performance Laboratory, United States

  • Influence of particle characteristics on dissolution tests

Sandeep Kulkarni, Scientific Director, Image Provision Technology Pvt. Ltd., India

The event was supported by companies such as SOTAX and ACG who were the Platinum Partners of the event, as well as Electrolab, USP, Mettler Toledo, Image Provision Technology, Inveniolife, Labindia, Waters and Spookfish Innovation.

A registered NGO, the Society for Pharmaceutical Dissolution Science (SPDS) was formed on July 16, 2012 in Mumbai with the aim of promoting science and technological development in the field of Dissolution Science.

SPDS is proud to have partnered with the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) for this year’s Disso India 2021 event.


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