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Understanding the Relationship between Critical Quality Attributes and the Microstructure of Topical Semi-Solid Formulations


As the topical semi-solid dermatology market continues to grow, it is crucial that product development R&D teams understand the key factors that influence the formation of the complex microstructures that compose the Q3, as defined by the arrangement of matter in a formulation, as well as how the microstructure influences the critical quality and performance attributes of the final product. In this webcast, formulation experts will discuss challenges associated with formulating topical semi-solid dosage products and suggest approaches to address quality and performance issues.

Dr. S. Narasimha Murthy
Professor of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery
University Of Mississippi School Of Pharmacy

Dr. S. Narasimha Murthy is a Professor of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery at the University Of Mississippi School Of Pharmacy.

Dr. Murthy has published over ninety peer reviewed research papers and edited two books on topical delivery of drugs. He is the recipient of several awards including the Global Indus Technovator award from MIT. Dr. Murthy serves on the Editorial Board of over fifteen journals. He is also serving as Grant Reviewer to NIH and Government funding agencies of Italy, UAE, Portugal and UK. Dr. Murthy is the Founder-Director of a non-profit research facility “Institute for Drug Delivery and Biomedical Sciences” in Bangalore, India.

Norman Richardson
Global Technical Marketing Manager – Skin Delivery

Norman Richardson is currently the global technical marketing manager for the Skin Delivery Platform in BASF Pharma Solutions, supporting the development of dermatological products in pharmaceutical companies in all global regions. He also manages activities in the BASF Skin Delivery Lab in Tarrytown, NY, where studies are conducted to elucidate the functionality of oleochemical and polymeric excipients for topical products.

Prior to BASF, Norman worked for Unilever Research for 13 years supporting brands such as Dove, Lever 2000, Vaseline Intensive Care lotions and other personal care products. He investigated the metabolic fate of fatty acids deposited on skin, the regulation of epidermal hyperplasia, skin deposition of antimicrobials, hydration and biomechanics of the stratum corneum, water behavior in topical products, cellulite fat metabolism, and topical product physical chemistry.

In 2001 he joined Pfizer Consumer Healthcare and supported numerous product development projects, supporting all topical product brands by managing medical device design control processes and providing technical support to solve problems.

From 2006 to 2012 he worked for J&J Consumer and Personal Products Worldwide and lead development of topical brands with a new emphasis on wound care, for example, the Band Aid Brand, as well as projects to scout for, identify, and evaluate technologies for topical healthcare applications.

Norman earned a bachelor of science degree in biology from Montclair State University and Master’s degree in biology from Fairleigh Dickinson University.