Biotechnology, globalization of pharmaceutical industry subjects of Purdue's annual Peck symposium

September 17, 2012  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Pharmaceutical biotechnology and globalization of the pharmaceutical industry are the focus of Purdue University's 10th annual Garnet E. Peck Symposium.

The College of Pharmacy and its Department of Industrial and Physical Pharmacy are sponsoring the symposium, which runs from 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 11 in Stewart Center, Room 218 ABCD. The general registration fee is $150, $75 for Purdue faculty and $50 for Purdue students and postdoctoral researchers. Online registration is available at

Drugs produced by living organisms, or biologics, comprise the fastest growing sector in the pharmaceutical industry, and new biotechnology is needed to support its growth. Experts will discuss the formulation and stability of these large, complex molecules, with an emphasis on recombinant proteins and protein aggregates.

Globalization of the pharmaceutical industry involves the worldwide distribution of drug development and manufacturing, as well as the emergence of new markets. Experts will present industrial perspectives on the globalization phenomenon.

Speakers on the subject of pharmaceutical biotechnology include: Christopher J. Roberts of the University of Delaware, Mary J. Wirth of Purdue's Department of Chemistry, Steven J. Shire of Genentech Inc., and David B. Volkin of the University of Kansas.

Speakers on the subject of globalization include: Nancy Lilly and Paul K. Owens of Eli Lilly and Co., Maneesh Nerurkar of Piramal Healthcare Ltd., Mumbai, India, and Arthur J. Fiocco, Jr., of Hospira, Inc.

The event honors Garnet E. Peck, professor emeritus of Purdue's Department of Industrial and Physical Pharmacy, and his contributions to the pharmaceutical sciences, including the development of latex-based tablet coatings that have been used in the industry for more than 30 years.

Full biographies and abstracts of presentations are available at For more information, contact DeEtte Starr, communications coordinator for industrial and physical pharmacy, at 765-494-1484,

Media contact: Elizabeth K. Gardner, 765-494-2081,

Source: DeEtte Starr, 765-494-1484,

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