Michael O’Rourke, has been involved in “drug delivery” for over 30 years across Ophthalmology, Periodontal and Pulmonary markets including strategy development and global commercialization; previous companies include 3M Pharma, Pfizer, Alza, Chiron Vision, Bausch + Lomb and GrayBug. In 2009 Michael founded Scotia Vision Consultants advising ophthalmic companies on all aspects of commercialization and product development with a focus on anterior and posterior ocular drug delivery
Prior to establishing Scotia Vision Consultant in 2009, Michael was General Manager for the $200m Bausch + Lomb U.S. Pharmaceuticals division in Tampa FL with full P&L and operating responsibility, transforming the business to record levels of growth and managing 150 employees. Previously he pioneered new Bausch + Lomb global strategy divisions including Pharmaceutical, Drug Delivery and Surgical products in California and Rochester NY. Michael was CEO for the start up company GrayBug based in Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Maryland) where his accomplishments included the closure of an A2 round, securing 4 SBIR grants totalling $750K, developing an infra structure for business development deals and advancing pre clinical research programs in retina and glaucoma.
His ocular drug delivery experience includes launching the world’s first intra ocular drug delivery technology in Europe, Vitrasert®, and the world’s second, Retisert®, in the USA. Michael was the first European Marketing Director for Chiron Vision Europe. Additional experience includes Alza International (drug delivery) establishing their European division and launching the world’s first sustained release technology Actisite® treating periodontitis. At 3M Michael worked in both sales and marketing for new sustained release therapeutics and enhanced aerosol delivery technologies treating pulmonary disease.
Michael has managed 28 brands, led 13 product launches, structured/negotiated 12 strategic business deals and has been a team member in 18 device/drug approvals. Michael has both presented and published within ophthalmology at congresses and within respected journals. He is past Chairman of The Foundation Board for The Lions Eye Institute, guest speaker on strategic planning at the University of Tampa and was part time marketing lecturer at Trent University in Nottingham, UK.
He is a native of Scotland and has lived and worked in Europe, USA and Asia. In 2010 he became a member of the GlobalScot Business network; assisting Scottish based Life Science companies plan for USA market entry, and was appointed to the Hall of Fame in 2018. He is based in Tampa, FL.
Prof Clive Wilson, is the J. P. Todd Professor of Pharmaceutics at Strathclyde University in Glasgow and serves on the European Union Federation of Pharmaceutical Sciences teaching and overseas liaison committee. Major areas of research have been the study of the behaviour of drug formulations in man. He pioneered applications of scintigraphy in the study of physiological and patho-physiological effects on drug absorption following oral, nasal, pulmonary and ophthalmic delivery. In the university, his group collaborates with industry on ophthalmic drug delivery projects especially related to the behaviour of ocular implants. Recent new areas of interest include additive soft and hard matrix technologies for drug delivery, and several programmes in novel therapies for treating ulcerative colitis. Primary Teaching activities are in the field of Biopharmaceutics and formulation research.
Dr. Raj Thakur, is a Senior Lecturer in Pharmaceutics, School of Pharmacy, Queen’s University Belfast. He holds a PhD in Drug Delivery, MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Bachelors in Pharmacy. Dr. Thakur’s research interests lie in the design and physicochemical characterisation of advanced polymeric drug delivery systems for ocular applications. His research group has developed novel long-acting technologies including injectable implants, particulate-based systems and pre-formed implantable devices for delivery of a wide range of therapeutics to address ophthalmic conditions. He has authored over 132 scientific publications, including 43 full papers and two books. He has been an invited speaker at a number of national and international meetings. He is currently as acting as a Scientific Advisor to the editors of the J Pharmaceutical Sciences and editorial board member of a number of international journals.
Dr. Rahul Sonawane has a B. Pharm, M.S. in Pharmaceutics (NIPER, India), and PhD in Pharmaceutical Technology (Freie University Berlin, Germany). Rahul has extensive expertise in development, characterization, lyophilisation, stability testing, in vitro and in vivo evaluation of small & large (therapeutic protein) molecules loaded formulations. He has authored 1 Indian Patent, 1 UK patent application, 1 Original research article and 5 Conference posters.
Dr. Karim Soliman has a B. Pharm and PhD degree in Pharmaceutics (Cairo University, Egypt). Karim has 10-year research experience in the pharmaceutical development and drug delivery arena, extending over the fields of ocular, oral, topical and transdermal drug delivery, with a special focus on controlled-release dosage forms. Karim has been part of several academic and industrial projects involving the use different formulation technologies for preparation of drug-polymeric solid dispersions, inclusion complexes, solid self-nanoemulsifying drug delivery systems, nanofibers, as well as different nanocrystallisation and cross-linking technologies. Furthermore, he has in depth knowledge of pre-formulation studies, stability studies, in vitro dissolution and permeation studies, bioavailability and bioequivalence studies, as well as quality control tests of different dosage forms.
Dr. Yujing Wang has a MS degree in Polymer Chemistry and Physics (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China) and a PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering (Maastricht University, Netherlands). Yujing has extensive research experience in developing pharmaceutical formulations for controlled/sustained release of small molecule drugs and biologics (e.g. mAbs). She has worked on multiple projects to develop injectable formulations (nano/microparticles) and implants for cancer and ocular drug delivery, as well as devices, such as stents and vaginal rings, for clinical applications. She has developed expertise in polymer characterization/processing, development/validation of drug quantification methods, protein formulations and characterization of drug delivery systems. She has in depth knowledge on various spectroscopy-based analytical techniques, microscopy techniques, cell-based assays and protein analytical methods. She has authored 5 peer-reviewed research papers, and presented (posters and presentations) at several international conferences.