Exploring the Science of Drug Absorption

Exploring the Science of Drug Absorption Workshop

Register Agenda


Whether considering next steps following lead candidate selection, formulation optimization during Phase 1, 2, or 3, the likely impact of proposed post-marketing changes in product formulation or manufacture, or attempting to generate generic versions of an approved marketed drug product, an understanding of the critical factors influencing drug product absorption is essential . Such information also helps determine the method to be used for testing product in vitro drug release and the associated criteria for ensuring consistent batch-to-batch product performance.

There is a shared need among pharmaceutical scientists to identify the rate limiting factors influencing in vivo drug product performance from the perspective of its in vivo dissolution and absorption or its ability to ensure the availability of dissolved drug at a specific local site.  These processes ultimately define the attributes critical to achieving some targeted in vivo drug exposure.

USP is convening a workshop where experts from a range of perspectives can meet and discuss new tools, opportunities, and strategies to assess and optimize in vivo drug product performance.

The workshop is divided into two one-day topics:

Day 1: Focuses on oral drug absorption and the translation of oral bioavailability predictions between humans and dogs. This topic will be considered from the perspective of in vitro, in vivo and in silico interspecies extrapolation.

Day 2: Focuses on in vitro and in silico assessments, opportunities, strengths and challenges. This topic will be explored from the perspective of the ability to predict target site drug delivery (gastrointestinal tract, skin, opthalmic products and lungs).

Following each morning and afternoon session, a moderated discussion will provide the opportunity to pose questions to the experts and to debate issues critical to the topics being discussed. For more information on the topics to be covered, please see the attached agenda.

Workshop Participating Organiations

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Confirmed Speakers

  • Sid Bhoopathy, Ph.D., Absorption Systems 
  • Sara Carlert, Ph.D., AstraZeneca 
  • Murat Cirit, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Ayman El-Kattan, Ph.D., The University of Rhode Island, College of Pharmacy
  • Raafat Fahmy, Ph.D., U.S. FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine
  • Talia Flanagan, Ph.D., AstraZeneca
  • Ben Forbes, Ph.D., Kings College London
  • Masoud Jamei, Ph.D., Simcyp Limited (a Certara Company) 
  • Mansoor Khan, Ph.D., Texas A&M University-College Station
  • Viera Lukacova, Ph.D., Simulations Plus, Inc.
  • Marilyn Martinez, Ph.D., USP Expert Panel, Solubility Criteria for Veterinary Drugs
  • Jonathan Mochel, DVM, MSc, Ph.D., Iowa State University
  • Devendra Pade, Ph.D., Simcyp Limited (a Certara Company)
  • Xavier Pepin, Ph.D., AstraZeneca
  • Christos Reppas, Ph.D., National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
  • Patrick Sinko, Rutgers University
  • David Sperry, Eli Lilly and Company
  • Konstantin Tsinman, Ph.D., Pion, Inc.
  • Maria Vertzoni, Ph.D., National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Workshop Registration Information

Pricing Information

USP is offering the option of attending the workshop on Day One only (October 15th), Day Two only (October 16th) or both days. We are also offering the option to virtually attend the morning sessions on either or both days via WebEx. Please note that the afternoon sessions will not be offered virtually. 

Registration is payable by credit card only. Registration fee includes the program on the days for which you are registered, meeting materials, coffee breaks and lunches. Registration fees for this workshop have been set as follows:

Participant Type Industry Participant Association/Academic Participant Government/Student Participant
Day One Full Day (In-Person) $400 $350 $150
Day One Morning (Webex) $150 $100 $50
Day Two Full Day (In-Person) $400 $350 $150
Day Two Morning (Webex) $150 $100 $50
Full Workshop (In-Person) $750 $600 $250
Full Workshop Multi-Registrant (per person)* $650 $500 N/A

*3 or more individuals from the same organization; all must register at the same time to receive the discount

Cancellation and Substitution Policy

Cancellation must be received on or before September 24, 2018 (21 days prior to the event) via email to conferences@usp.org. Refunds will not be issued for cancellations received after this date. There is a $50.00 processing fee on all cancellations; however, it is permissible to send a substitute registrant from your same organization. Substitutions must be submitted in writing via email to conferences@usp.org.

Invitation Letters for Visas

USP cannot provide an invitation letter to potential workshop attendees; however, once you are registered, USP will provide a registration confirmation that may be utilized to obtain a visa.

Registration Questions

Please contact conferences@usp.org or +1 301-816-8130.

Local Area Information

Hotel & Travel Information

Please note that the headquarter hotel for this workshop is the Cambria Rockville. Daily Shuttle service will be provided between USP and the Cambria only. The rate is $139.00 per night plus tax when you book using the link below:


For information on additional local hotels, please click here. Please note that transportation will not be offered from any hotel except the Cambria.