Session Moderators & Chairs

Bioinspired and Biomimetic Drug Delivery (BBD)
  • Moderator: Zhen Gu, University of California, Los Angeles, U.S.A.
  • Co-chair: Md Nurunnabi, Harvard University, U.S.A.
Cancer Immunotherapeutics and RNA materials
  • Co-chair: Helena Florindo, University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • Co-chair: Luis Brito, Moderna Therapeutics, U.S.A.
Case Studies Session. Insights on Successes and Failures from Bench to Market 
  • Moderator: Mikolaj Milewski, Merck Sharp and Dohme (MSD), U.S.A
Crossing Challenging Biological Barriers
  • Moderator: Julia Y. Ljubimova, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, U.S.A.
  • Chair: Andrea Joseph, University of Washington, Department of Chemical Engineering, U.S.A.
Delivery in Cosmetics and Consumer Products (C&DP)
  • Moderator: Peter Landa, Estee Lauder Companies Inc, U.S.A.
  • Co-chair: Ken Carson, Southwest Research Institute, U.S.A.
Delivery of Biomacromolecules (Proteins, Peptides and Antibodies)
  • Moderator: Randall Mrsny, University of Bath, U.K.
  • Co-chair: Elisa Garbayo, Department of Pharmaceutical Technology and Chemistry, School of Pharmacy and Nutrition, University of Navarra, Spain
Delivery Technologies In Advanced Preclinical-Clinical Stages
  • Moderator: Gianfranco Pasut, University of Padova, Italy
  • Co-chair: Edorta Santos, Vizcaino, Spain
Discovery Interface. New Modalities Chemistry Space And Future Formulation Needs
  • Moderator: Manuel Sánchez-Félix, Novartis, U.S.A.
  • Co-Chair: Adriana Avila, Auburn University (Department of Biological Sciences), U.S.A.
Drug Delivery Against Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Moderator: Elias Fattal, University Paris-Sud, France
  • Co-Chair: Giuseppe de la Rosa, Italy
EU-NCL Session
  • Moderator: Ruth Schmid, Norway
  • Co-Chair: Fanny Caputo, CEA, France
Focus on Innovation
  • Moderator: Maria Teresa Peracchia, Sanofi, France
Gene Delivery and Gene Editing (GDGE)
  • Moderator: Dan Siegwart, UT Southwestern Medical Center, U.S.A.
  • Co-chair: Patrick Baumhof, Cure Vac, Germany
Global Health and Neglected Diseases
  • Moderator: Carmen Pérez-Casas, Unitaid, Switzerland
  • Co-chair: Silvia Muro, University of Maryland (US) & Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (Spain)
Highlights from CRS Worldwide
  • Co-Chair: Ilva Rupenthal, Aukland University, New Zealand
  • Co-Chair: Avi Schroeder, Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
Focus Group Scientific Session: Immuno Drug Delivery (ID)
  • Moderator: Ankur Singh, Cornell University, U.S.A. 
  • Co-chair: Sara Cordeiro, School of Pharmacy, Queen’s University Belfast, U.K.
Hot Topics in Topical and Transdermal Delivery

Moderator: Samir Mitragotri, Harvard University, U.S.A.
Co-chair: Sandra Simões, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal

Importance of a Rational Design: Carrier, Linker, Cargos
  • Moderator: Alexander Kabanov, University of North Carolina, U.S.A.
  • Co-chair: Stefano Salmaso, University of Padova, Italy
Industry Session: Problem Solving
  • Moderator: Cornell Stamoran, Catalent Pharma Solutions, U.S.A.
Inspirational Talks
  • Moderator: Justin Hanes, John Hopkins University, U.S.A.
Issues from Bench to Market with Advanced Therapeutics
  • Co-chair: Marianne Ashford, AstraZeneca, U.K.
  • Co-chair: Mano Manoharan
Job Fair: Industry vs Academia: Pearls and Pitfalls
  • Moderator: Yvonne Perrie, University of Strathclyde, U.K.
  • Co-chair: Linda Hong, Monash University, Australia
Micro-/Nano-Particle Delivery
  • Moderator: Paolo Decuzzi, IIT, Italy
Nanomedicine and Nanoscale Drug Delivery (NND)
  • Moderator: Bruno Sarmento, University of Porto, Portugal
  • Co-chair: Hélder Santos, University of Helsinki, Finland
Neurological Disorders and Chronic Pain
  • Moderator: Maria Blanco-Prieto, University of Navarra, Spain
  • Co-chair: Inma Conejos, Centro de investigación Príncipe Felipe, Spain
New Approaches on Physico-Chemical Characterizaton, Scale-up and Stability Measurements of DDS
  • Moderator: Ruth Schmid, SINTEF, Norway
  • Co-Chair: Katia Maso, Prince Felipe Research Center, Polymer Therapeutics Lab, Spain
Focus Group Scientific Session: Ocular Drug Delivery (OcD)
  • Moderator: Morgan Fedorchak, University of Pittsburgh, U.S.A.
  • Co-Chair: Frances Lasowski, McMaster, Canada
Oral Delivery for Food and Nutraceuticals (C&DP)
  • Moderator: Jamie Oxley, Southwestern Research Institute, U.S.A.
  • Co-Chair: Joe Carlise, Mondelez International, U.S.A.
Focus Group Scientific Session: Oral Drug Delivery (OrD)
  • Moderator: Katie Whitehead, Carnegie Mellon University, U.S.A.
  • Co-chair: Aaron Anselmo, UNC Chapel Hill, U.S.A.
Patient Centered Aspects
  • Moderator: Cornell Stamoran, Catalent Pharma Solutions, U.S.A.
Plenary Session 1 with Molly Shoichet
  • Moderator: Maria J Alonso, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Plenary Session 2 with Ralph Weissleder
  • Moderator: Maria J Vicent, CIPF, Spain
Plenary Session 3 with Ada Yonath
  • Moderator: Elias Fattal, University of Paris-Sud, France
Plenary Session 4 with Justin Wright
  • Moderator: Manuel Sánchez-Félix, Novartis, U.S.A.
Preclinical Models of Disease to Foster Clinical Translation
  • Moderator: Biana Godin, Houston Methodist Hospital, U.S.A.
  • Co-Chair: Anna Scomparin, University of Turin, Italy
Recently Approved Products- Cutting Edge Technologies
  • Co-Chair: Mark Prausnitz, Georgia Tech, U.S.A.
  • Co-Chair:  Julio Rios de la Rosa, BiOncotech Therapeutics, Spain
Regenerative Medicine: Responsive Biomaterials and Cell Therapies
  • Moderator: Manuel Salmeron-Sanchez, University of Glasgow, U.K.
  • Co-chair: Luis Bimbo, Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, University of Strathclyde, U.K.
Stars Collide Debate: Pro- vs Anti- Nano          
  • Moderator: Gert Storm, UCL, U.K.
Theranostics and Molecular Imaging
  • Moderator: Twan Lammers, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • Co-chair: Khuloud Al-Jamal, Kings College London, U.K.
Towards Precision Medicine- Omics and eHealth- Biosensors, Biomarkers and Devices
  • Moderator: Avi Schroeder, Technion University, Israel
  • Co-chair: Michail Kastellorizios, University of North Texas Health Science Center, U.S.A.
Focus Group Scientific Session Transdermal and Mucosal Drug Delivery (TMD)
  • Moderator: Emmanuel Ho, University of Waterloo, Canada
  • Co-chair: Ana Melero, University of Valencia, Spain