Dr. Afnan has a degree in industrial chemistry and a Ph.D. in Instrumentation for Analytical Science. He began his career in ICI engineering as a control-electrical engineer, and then joined the engineering group at AstraZeneca. He was responsible for the development and implementation of PAT that led to the design, construction and implementation of a solid dosage facility total control over manufacturing during the production operations.
Dr. Ali is a member of the American Chemical Society, the America Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, and the Controlled Release Society.
Prior to this he has worked as vice president, Formulations Operations with Azopharma Product Development Group, and with Perrigo Co., Pharmascience, Labopharm, Patheon and Ranbaxy — where he started his professional career — in various management and technical capacities. Dr. Aurora is also a consultant with GLG Healthcare and Biomedical Council and Guidepoint Global, associations of leading physicians, scientists, and other healthcare professionals. He is acting as adjacent faculty member and Prestige Appointment with School of Pharmacy; University of Toledo, Seneca College and Toronto Institute of Pharmaceutical Technology (TIPT) based in Toronto. Dr. Aurora is also member of the visiting scientist program sponsored by AAPS.
Dr. Brownell received her MS, M.Phil. and Ph.D. (Biology) from Yale University, and her BS (Biology) from Allegheny College. Dr. Brownell has been named as a member of the Life Science Committee for ASTIA (www.astia.org) the nation's premier entrepreneurial organization focused on women-led businesses. She also serves as a chairperson for the Leaders Network subgroup of Women in Consulting (www.womeninconsulting.org).
He retired from P&G in January of 2008 and joined the U.S. Pharmacopeia as its vice president of General Chapters. In that role he is leading initiatives to maintain, update and redesign the General Chapters. He is an active member of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS), holding or having held leadership positions in the Bioanalytical Focus Group, the APQ Section and AAPS programming committees.
Beginning in 2006 Tom simultaneously managed King Pharmaceuticals Canada, a subsidiary of Meridian Medical Technologies, until this organization was integrated into Pfizer Canada following the acquisition of Meridian's parent company in 2011.
During his career in the pharmaceutical industry, he has acquired a unique blend of business, technical and managerial experience, and a broad range of knowledge in chemistry, microbiology, physical quality control, auditing, aseptic manufacturing, project management, business development and sales/marketing. Tom has served in a variety of positions with Meridian. In his current role, he is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to enhance and grow Meridian's auto-injected acute care products.
Previously, Tom served as Executive Director of Business Development for Akorn, Inc. He also worked in a variety of quality assurance positions at Syntex Laboratories, Invitron Corp. and Chevron Chemical. Tom earned his bachelor's degree in biology from St. Louis University, and his MBA from Maryville College, St. Louis.
In 1993, Mico transitioned to business development for Abbott Laboratories while representing API and eventually Fill/Finish contract management services. Mico also spent seven years with Cardinal/Catalent in BD also representing Fill/Finish services before recently taking a Pharma Partner Executive position with Baxter Biopharma Solutions.
Mico completed his MBA in 1999 and retired from the U.S. Army after 27 years of Active/Reservist service which includes four years as a member of Special Forces. He resides in Illinois and is a current member of PDA.
His broad dosage form experience includes immediate release tablets and capsules, sustained release capsules/tablets/beads, liquid/semi-solid in capsule, gels, pediatric solutions, suspensions, and parenterals. His expertise includes formulation development from preclinical to commercialization, overcoming solubilization challenges, enhancing bioavailability, taste masking, and development of controlled release dosage forms. He has authored numerous articles, presented many abstracts, is co-inventor of several patents and is a contributor of several excipient monographs in “Handbook of Pharmaceutical Excipients” 7th edition (2012). He is an active member of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) and a registered life member in the Karnataka State Pharmacy Council in India.
As a member of the Technology and Strategic Sourcing organization, he also supports research and technology collaborations and sourcing strategy for R&D stage programs. He maintains a special interest in drug delivery technology.
Richard obtained his Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Vanderbilt University and subsequently graduated from Purdue University with a Master's and a PhD in Chemical Engineering. Before coming to Pfizer, he worked as a chemist and engineer. He has published in the areas of organic chemistry, polymer science, diffusion, and drug delivery and holds a number of patents. He is a member of American Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, The Controlled Release Society, and the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering.
Prior to joining the company, Mike was senior vice president of the pharmaceutical business at Banner Pharmacaps, a contract manufacturer of dosage form products. He has 27 years of sales, marketing, sales management and business management experience in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Mike holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Connecticut and an M.B.A. from the University of New Haven. In addition to being a board member for Hackett Catholic Central High School, he is also a board member of Junior Achievement of Southwest Michigan.
Prior to this role, he held many commercial and operations related positions with Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Neurocrine Biosciences, Dura Pharmaceuticals, acquired by Elan, ISTA Pharmaceuticals, acquired by Bausch and Lomb. He received his BS in Chemical Engineering, MS in Organic Chemistry, MS in Materials Sciences Engineering from University of Texas and MBA from University of Phoenix. He currently has California State Board of Pharmacy License for Manufacture of Dangerous Drugs.
Terry has also held various senior healthcare management positions, including vice president at Cytogen, executive vice president at Algos Pharmaceuticals, and vice president at Innovex, a division of Quintiles Transnational, as well as various sales and marketing positions at Bristol-Myers Squibb. Terry is a highly regarded speaker at industry conferences and serves on the board of directors at Frontline Pharmaceuticals. Terry holds a BS in Biology from Muhlenberg College.
He is the editor of "Handbook of Pharmaceutical Granulation" 3rd edition (2009, Informa Health, NY). He has published several book chapters and articles on various pharmaceutical technologies, quality by design, and contract manufacturing. He has been invited as speaker at scientific conferences held worldwide on solid dosage technologies development and manufacturing.
Dr. Scull's primary expertise is in the areas of GLP analytical chemistry, formulation, compliance and separation science. He is also an expert in conducting extractable & leachable studies and oliognulceotide analysis. Prior to joining NSF Pharmalytica, Dr. Scull served as executive director of Pharmalytica Services, LLC, principal research scientist for the DuPont Pharmaceutical Co. and GLP outsourcing manager for Purdue Pharma. Dr. Scull holds a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Villanova University and a BS in Chemistry from Widener University.