Peck Symposium to focus on drug delivery systems

February 3, 2015  

The annual Garnet E. Peck Symposium in pharmacy, in its 12th year, is expanding to a two-day program, reflecting its stature and the scope of the theme, "Clinical and Commercial Translation of Drug Delivery Systems." Including the opening reception, the event will run Feb. 25-27.

The symposium -- reception, program and celebratory dinner Feb. 26 -- will take place primarily at the Four Points by Sheraton hotel, 1600 Cumberland Ave. It is presented by the College of Pharmacy, the Department of Industrial and Physical Pharmacy and the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

The symposium will feature outstanding speakers who have moved new drug delivery technologies into preclinical and clinical development, launched their drug delivery technologies to market, or developed transformative ideas likely to affect clinical translation in the future. Roundtable discussions, poster sessions and a conference reception and banquet will provide additional opportunities for scientific exchange and networking.

The two keynote speakers will be Omid Farokhzad and Renata Pasqualini. Additional speakers include Mansoor Amiji, Jessie Au, Yechezkel Barenholz, Richard Gemeinhart, Justin Hanes, Anthony Hickey, Seongbong Jo, Glen Kwon, Ick Chan Kwon, Tonglei Li, Elaine Merisko-Liversidge, Philip Low, Samir Mitragotri, David Needham, Alyssa Panitch, Cornell Stamoran, Audra Stinchcomb, Hong Wen and Yoon Yeo.

A special session honoring Kinam Park, Purdue's Showalter Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering, will feature Park alumni speakers Richard Gemeinhart, Seongbong Jo, Tonglei Li, Hong Wen and Yoon Yeo.

The symposium will start with an opening reception at 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Four Points by Sheraton. The program is set for 7:45 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 26-27. The first program day will be followed by a 5:30 p.m. reception and 6:30-8:30 p.m. dinner honoring Park at the Shively Club in Ross-Ade Pavilion.

The registration deadline is Feb. 15. The registration fee is $350 for non-Purdue attendees; $250 for Purdue faculty; $150 for Purdue staff, postdocs or visiting scholars; and $100 for students (Purdue and non-Purdue). Optionally, persons can register for an additional $50 for the Celebration Dinner for Park on Feb. 26. Symposium online registration is available at

The event honors the late Garnet E. Peck, professor emeritus 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.

Biographies and abstracts of presentations are available online, along with the symposium program. For more information, contact DeEtte Starr, communications coordinator in Industrial and Physical Pharmacy, at 765-494-1484 or

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