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Press Release 020409/177 -The 8th Pharmaceutical Powder X-ray Diffraction Symposium – PPXRD-8


The 8th Pharmaceutical Powder X-ray Diffraction Symposium – PPXRD-8
Glasgow, Scotland, U.K.
4-7 May 2009
Sponsored by the International Centre for Diffraction Data

The ICDD is pleased to present this unique symposium focusing on cutting-edge topics surrounding the combined fields of Pharmaceuticals and X-ray Powder Diffraction.  The symposium sessions include discussions on the following topics.  Abstracts are currently being accepted for both oral sessions and posters at PPXRD-8.  Visit to submit your abstract today. 

Formulation, Product Development, Drug Delivery and Polymorph & Salt Screening

  • Invited speaker: Dr. Greg Stephenson, Research Advisor responsible for the discovery and characterization of salts and polymorphic forms of potential drug substances, Eli Lilly and Company, Indianapolis, IN, U.S.A.            

Patent and Regulatory Issues

  • Invited speaker: Eyal Barash, Chief Patent Counsel specializing in intellectual property aspects of solid forms including cocrystals, polymorphs, disordered solids and drug delivery, Aptuit Consulting, West Lafayette, IN, U.S.A.

Complementary Techniques and Process Analytical Technology

  • Invited Speaker: Dr. Greg Haugstad, Senior technical staff member and Director of the Characterization Facility, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, U.S.A.

Amorphous, Activated and Nanomaterials

  • Invited Speaker: Dr. Vincent Caron, Research Fellow in the framework of a Solid State Pharmaceutical Cluster where his work concerns the influence of processing on the physical state and the influence of physical state on processing of pharmaceutical compounds, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
  • Invited Speaker: Dr. Igor Ivanisevic, Research Fellow focusing on computational methods used to analyze and model x-ray amorphous pharmaceutical systems, SSCI, an APTUIT Company, West Lafayette, IN, U.S.A.           

New Frontiers in XRD in Pharmaceutical R&D

  • Invited Speaker: Dr. Chris Frampton, Chief Scientific Officer with experience in polymorphism and solid-state pharmaceutical research, Pharmorphix, A Sigma Aldrich Company Ltd., Cambridge, U.K.
  • Invited Speaker: Dr. Jonathan Wright, Engineer, ESRF, Grenoble cedex, France

XRPD Structural Techniques (Acquisition and Use of XRPD Data, Indexing, Structure Determination, Rietveld Refinement)

  • Invited Speaker: Dr. Angela Altomare, Researcher, Istituto di Cristallografia, Bari, Italy

Organic Crystal Structure Prediction

  • Invited Speaker: Dr. Sarah (Sally) L. Price, Professor specializing in applying computational chemistry to the organic solid state, University College, London, U.K.

An optional workshop on Characterization of Pharmaceutical Solids will be held 4 May 2009.

For more information and to stay informed of PPXRD-8, please visit or contact Leah Mooney at E-mail: or Phone:+ 610-325-9814.





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