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ExciPerience – 9. & 10. March 2022


Your participation in ExciPerience gives you three main opportunities:


You have a lot of possibilities for interaction – with people of the pharma excipients community from all over the world


You expand and broaden your pharmaceutical excipients knowledge and get a chance to meet new suppliers and customers


You get to know innovative product solutions for various formulation challenges and new technical possibilities

Meet new interesting people, your friends and acquaintances you missed meeting personally during the last year!

Confirmed speakers 2022

Joseph M. DeSimone is the Sanjiv Sam Gambhir Professor of Translational Medicine and Chemical Engineering at Stanford University. He is also Co-founder, Board Chair, and former CEO of the additive manufacturing company, Carbon. DeSimone has published over 350 scientific articles and holds over 200 patents. He has mentored 80 students through Ph.D. completion, half of whom are women and members of underrepresented groups in STEM.

In 2016 DeSimone was recognized by President Obama with the U.S. National Medal of Technology and Innovation. He is also a member of all three branches of the U.S. National Academies (Sciences, Medicine, Engineering). DeSimone received his B.S. in Chemistry from Ursinus College and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Virginia Tech.

Joseph M. DeSimone

Keynote - 3D Printing

Nikoletta Fotaki’s research and activities are focused on the prediction of drug absorption through the oral and non oral (i.e.inhalation, subcutaneous) route. She is working on the development of in vitro screening tools and associated software for predicting absorption and in vivo performance (in normal populations and in special populations; i.e. paediatrics), on in vitro dissolution/ biorelevant dissolution methods, on dissolution imaging, on formulation development, design and interpretation of bioavailability and bioequivalency studies, on safety of drugs (pharmacokinetics and toxicokinetics), on the appropriate use of animal models for the prediction of absorption, on the reduction/ refinement/ replacement of animal experimentation and on the development of in vitro-in vivo correlations and relations and on Physiologically Based Pharmacokinetic (PBPK) Modeling.

Dr. Nikoletta Fotaki, Pharm, MSc, FAAPS


David R. Schoneker is currently an independent consultant and the President and Owner of Black Diamond Regulatory Consulting, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in providing regulatory and quality consulting for the pharmaceutical, dietary supplement, food and related industries.

With over 43 years of experience working in these areas, he has developed strong networks with regulatory agencies and pharmacopeias around the world.

Dave Schoneker, M.Sc.


Dr Fang Liu is the Founder & Director of Fluid Pharma Ltd, a UK bio-tech company specialised in age-appropriate medicines for children and older patients.  She is also an Associate Professor at University of Hertfordshire. Fang is a co-chair of the Age-Related Medicines Focus Group in Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Great Britain (APSGB) and is involved in the work of European Paediatric Formulation Initiative (EuPFI) and the Patient Centric Medicine (PaCeMe) initiative.

She is the inventor of three patents and author of over 30 peer-reviewed scientific publications and book chapters in oral drug delivery, patient-centric medicines and biopharmaceutical analysis.   

Prof. Dr. Fang Liu

Paediatric formulations

Maxim Puchkov became the CEO of the Center for Innovation in Computer-Aided Pharmaceutics (CINCAP GmbH) in 2007 and in 2010 he joined the group of Prof. Dr. Jörg Huwyler as scientific collaborator.

His scientific interests are focused on massively-parallel computational models for a design of pharmaceutical formulations; discrete element models for design, understanding, and optimization of pharmaceutical processes and unit operations; interactive and process-oriented computer tools and simulators for advanced teaching and training of industrial unit operations.

Dr. Maxim Puchkov

In-silico formulation design

Simon Gaisford has a Chair in Pharmaceutics. He joined the UCL School of Pharmacy in 2003, having previously been a Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Science at the University of Huddersfield. He undertook his PhD at the University of Kent at Canterbury, under Professor AE Beezer and then held Postdoctoral Research Assistant posts at the School with Profs DQM Craig and G Buckton.

He has published 175 papers, 8 book chapters and 4 books, made the Clarivate Highly Cited Researcher list in 2019 and 2020, is Co-founder of FabRx Ltd and the Presenter of the YouTube Channel Pharma Drama.

Prof. Simon Gaisford, PhD

3D Printing

Christian Lübbert studied chemical engineering at TU Dortmund University and finished his PhD in 2018. During his PhD, he successfully predicted the long-term stability of hundreds of pharmaceutical formulations via thermodynamic modeling. He developed methods to measure and to predict unwanted changes in ASDs during long-term storage, e.g. amorphous phase separation and crystallization. 

His work was awarded as the best German PhD thesis in thermodynamics in 2018. Moreover, he received the TU Dortmund PhD award.

Dr. Christian Lübbert

Predictive development / In-silico development

Christine Madla is a final year PhD Researcher supervised by Professor Abdul Basit at the UCL School of Pharmacy, University College London, and Nicola Clear and Dr Mark McAllister from Pfizer under the Centre of Doctoral Training Programme, funded by the EPSRC UK. Her work focuses on why males and females respond differently to excipients which can alter drug behaviour. Christine obtained her MSc in Pharmaceutical Formulation and Entrepreneurship from the same institution and actively supports students at the UCL School of Pharmacy and UCL School of Management.

Christine has spearheaded a portfolio of research publications and book chapters spanning personalised medicines, modern pharmaceutical manufacturing and gastrointestinal drug delivery. Christine founded Sex in Science, a campaign to address the sex and gender research gap in science, healthcare and wellbeing.

Christine Madla, MSc

Biopharmaceutics of excipients

Walkiria has over 25 years of experience in academia and is currently Professor of Pharmaceutics at the Leicester School of Pharmacy. Her research interests are in continuous pharmaceutical product development and manufacture. She is course director of the MSc in Quality by Design for the Pharmaceutical Industry and a key member of the academic teaching staff. She has a strong research interest in the science underpinning QbD and has developed collaborations with numerous organisations that are active in this field.

She is a member of the advisory committee of the Continuous Manufacturing and Advanced Crystallisation (CMAC) at the University of Strathclyde.

Prof. Walkiria Schlindwein

Quality by Design

Sharareh Salar-Behzadi is key researcher at Research Center Pharmaceutical Engineering (RCPE) GmbH, Graz and Assoc. Professor at the department of pharmaceutical technology and biopharmacy, University of Graz, Austria. She studied pharmacy and received her PhD from University of Vienna in pharmaceutical formulation and process development.

Her interest is in pharmaceutical material science, solid state, structure-function analysis of pharmaceutical excipients, with a focus on lipid-based drug delivery systems, particle engineering for different routes of administration and patient-centric product development.

Assoc. Professor Sharareh Salar-Behzadi, PhD

Lipid-based drug delivery systems, particle engineering

Prof. Ouyang is associate professor at University of Macau. He has a multidisciplinary background in pharmaceutics & computer modelling, with experience in academia and industry. He obtained his bachelor (2000) and master (2005) in pharmaceutics from Shenyang Pharmaceutical University, China. He completed his PhD in pharmacy at The University of Queensland, Australia, in 2010 and progressed directly to his faculty position (Lecturer in Pharmaceutics, PI) at Aston University (UK). From the end of 2014, he moved to the University of Macau. 

Since 2011, he has pioneered the integration of multi-scale modeling, artificial intelligence and big data techniques in the field of drug delivery – “computational pharmaceutics“. He has published 2 books, 5 book chapters and over 70 refereed SCI journal papers.

Prof. Defang Ouyang

A.I. in drug delivery

Dr. Maj-Britt Cepok graduated as a food chemist from the Technical University of Berlin in 2001. She subsequently joined the Suedzucker AG Germany for her PhD thesis in analytical chemistry. Following this, she was Technical Services Manager at PALATINIT GmbH for food and confectionery customers.

Since 2007, she has been developing the pharmaceutical business at BENEO in different positions and is today Head of Business Development Pharma.

Dr. Maj-Britt Cepok

Head of Business Development Pharma

Avi Schroeder received all three degrees in Chemical Engineering from the Ben-Gurion University. His postdoctoral training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2012). At MIT, Avi and colleagues developed nanoparticles that are capable of autonomously synthesizing proteins upon signal, thereby being a platform for on-site delivery of drugs and preventing damage to healthy organs.

In his lab at Technion, Avi is building an expert team to work towards improved personalized and targeted medicine.

Prof. Avi Schroeder

Targeted Drug Delivery and Personalized Medicine

Dr. Philipp Werner is a food chemist and obtained his doctorate at the University of Hamburg. He gained professional experience as an independent consultant for food analytics and being part of the quality control of a renowned company in the pharmaceutical industry. For more than four years he is focussed on the manufacturing of high quality pharm-a-spheres™ sugar spheres, globuli sacchari and nutritional supplements in his position as senior quality manager in the company Hanns G. Werner GmbH + Co. KG.

Dr. Philipp Werner is laureate of the “competence in food award” of the University of Hamburg and the “phoenix pharmacy research award”.

Dr Philipp Werner

Senior Quality Manager

Olivia Merkel has been a Professor of Drug Delivery in the Department of Pharmacy at LMU Munich in Germany since 2015. From 2011 until 2017 she was an Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutics and an Associate Faculty Member of Oncology at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, USA, where she is also a Scientific Member of the Molecular Therapeutics Program and Faculty in the Cancer Biology Graduate Program at Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, MI. She received several awards and is the author of over 90 peer-reviewed articles, 15 book chapters and the editor of two books.

Currently her research centers around targeted RNA delivery in cancer, inflammatory diseases and viral infections with a focus on pulmonary administration.

Prof Olivia Merkel

Professor of Drug Delivery

Sonja Bauhuber is an Application Manager at MEGGLE Excipients & Technology where she is consulting pharma companies in tableting challenges. She has nine years experience in technical support at JRS Pharma serving customers all over the world in their drug development projects.

She holds a degree in chemistry and obtained a PhD from the University of Regensburg for her thesis in pharmaceutical technology. She has an extensive background in pharmacy and chemistry and due to her long experience in the formulation of oral drugs she is a very sought-after technical contact.

Dr Sonja Bauhuber

Application Manager

Gudrun Birk is heading a research and development laboratory within MilliporeSigma and focuses on the development of innovative new excipients and functional excipient systems for solid oral dosage forms. Continuous manufacturing and solubility enhancement are two of her main areas of expertise, spanning from scientific basic research to industrial product development.

She has a background in pharmaceutical sciences and completed her PhD in the field of parenteral applications at EMD Serono Biopharma in cooperation with the University of Munich.

MilliporeSigma is the U.S. and Canada Life Science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.
Dr Gudrun Birk

Head of Customized Formulation

Dr. Mahmud Yunis has been working for 16 years at BIOGRUND in several positions. In his current function as Technical Director, he is responsible for preparing and implementing global strategic regulatory plan for BIOGRUND products and the strategic development of the Quality, Production and R&D department. He has a PhD degree in Analytical Chemistry from University of Muenster, Germany. Before joining BIOGRUND he worked for a consulting company on the area of GxP procedures and processes for five years.

In addition, he is Board Member at International Pharmaceutical Excipients Council – Europe (IPEC-EU) and APV Task Force Leader “Titanium Dioxide” .

Dr Mahmud Yunis

Technical Director

Paola Luciani is Full Professor of Pharmaceutical Technology at the University of Bern since 2019 and Director of Study of the Bachelor in Pharmaceutical Sciences since 2020. Before relocating to Switzerland, she was Associate Professor for Phospholipids in Drug Development at the Institute of Pharmacy of the University of Jena, Germany (endowed professorship supported by Lipoid GmbH).

Paola has been recently nominated Specialist for Pharmaceutical Quality in the Human Medicines Expert Committee (HMEC) by the Agency Council of Swissmedic, the Swiss Agency for Therapeutic Products. She is part of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Phospholipid Research Center, Heidelberg, and member of the CRS, APV and the Swiss Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Her research focuses on the design and characterization of lipid-based delivery systems for drug delivery and diagnosis, with a focus on treatments for fibrotic diseases.

Prof. Paola Luciani

Professor of Pharmaceutical Technology

Kyle Smith was named President and Chief Operating Officer in October 2021. Mr. Smith is a 10-year veteran with Aprecia and most recently served as Vice President of Operations. Mr. Smith is responsible for leading day-to-day business activities. Mr. Smith holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Miami University, and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Kyle Smith

President and COO

Dr. Anat Raz Holds a post doctorate in biology from Weizmann Institute of Science. She is an experienced pharmaceutical scientist with strong background in drug delivery platforms and is an expert in GI tract physiology and biopharmaceutics.

Prior to joining Alma, she worked for 18 Years as a senior Scientist at Teva Pharmaceuticals generic R&D.

Dr Anat Raz


Dr. Jonas H. Fagerberg defended his doctoral thesis, titled: Experimental and Computational Predictions of Drug Solubility in Human Gastrointestinal Fluids, at Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden in 2014 After 2 years of postdoctoral engagements he left academia and has since continued to work with solubility, solubilization and absorption enhancement of poorly soluble drugs in the pharmaceutical industry. Jonas has a strong focus on innovative drug formulation and product development. In 2018 he joined Disruptive Material as a Senior Formulation Scientist and later Pharmaceutical Development manager and Head of Pharma R&D.  

Currently, he leads the in-house development activities related to Pharma grade Mesoporous Magnesium Carbonate as Head of Pharma R&D at Disruptive Pharma.

Jonas Fagerberg

Head of Pharma R&D

Dr. Dan Dumitrescu obtained his chemical engineering diploma in 2009 and his PhD in chemistry 2012, both at “Politehnica” University of Bucharest. He then focused his research efforts in the field of supramolecular chemistry during a postdoctoral fellow in the group of Dr. Mihail Barboiu, and later applied the knowledge gained in the field of crystal engineering to pharmaceutical crystallization. Before joining Technobis Crystallization Systems, he spent 3 years as a postdoc in X-ray method and equipment development at the XRD2 beamline, Sincrotrone Elettra Trieste.

With over 45 papers published in fields ranging from organic synthesis, crystal engineering, crystallography, and materials science, Dr. Dan Dumitrescu’s research interests are centred around understanding the chemistry of crystallization from a molecular level up to an industrially applicable scale. The current presentation briefly touches on some of the recent advances describing the interplay between amorphous polymers and crystalline small-molecules, and how to perform some of the experiments required for understanding complex systems such as amorphous solid dispersions (ASDs).

Dr Dan Dumitrescu

Application Specialist

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What you can do at ExciPerience?

Interact with interesting people! You will have various possibilities for direct conversation. In addition you can get to know new people in an easy and nice way. Be curious!

We offer classic presentations but also formats as panels and some new formats as well. Be excited!

Get to know innovative product solutions from our industry partners. You can arrange meetings in advance, you can address your specific formulation challenge – You will be helped!

Main Topics

3D Printing

Continuous Manufacturing

Drug Delivery

Gold Partners 2022

Gold Partner Beneo


BENEO is part of the Südzucker Group and a member of the International Pharmaceutical Excipient Council (IPEC). BENEO produces galenIQ™ (Isomalt Ph.Eur., JP, USP-NF), a multifunctional range of water soluble filler-binders according to cGMP conditions for pharmaceutical excipients. galenIQ™ is available in a wide variety of median particle sizes, morphologies and solubilites and therefore is readily used in solid and liquid dosage forms such as tablets, sachets, effervescents, lozenges and syrups. galenIQ™ is physically and chemically stable, non-hygroscopic and enhances the palatability of the final form.

galenIQ™ is known for its outstanding taste properties and makes medicine taste great.

Gold Partner BioGrund


BIOGRUND has been the specialist for the homogeneous mixing of excipients and carriers. With locations in Germany, Switzerland, America and Russia, they support the food supplement and pharmaceutical industry in the development, formulation and production of solid oral dosage forms. The tailor-made and ready-to-use special powder mixtures for film coatings, sugar-coatings, colorings and tableting enable optimum results in a short time. 

Easy, fast and reliable!

Gold Partner Glatt


Glatt Pharmaceutical Services develops and produces solid pharmaceutical dosage forms. Their focus lies on multiparticulate systems such as pellets, micropellets and granules. Whether you are looking for optimal bioavailablity or taste masking, improved solubility or stabilization of the dosage form, they have the right solution for every challenge.

Glatt Pharmaceutical Services brings together fundamentals, experience and innovative technology expertise.

Gold Partner Merck


Our purpose is to solve the toughest problems in life science by collaborating with the global scientific community – and through that, we aim to accelerate access to better health for people everywhere.

We provide scientists and engineers with best-in-class lab materials, technologies and services. With our broad portfolio of 300,000 products and our expanded global footprint, we are dedicated to making research, biotech and pharma production simpler, faster and safer.

Merck – A Leader in Life Science

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Silver Partners 2022

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Cooperations 2022

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