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Sept. 21, 2005

College Of Pharmacy To Host Pharmaceutical Technology Meeting

The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy will host an executive board meeting for the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Technology and Education (NIPTE) Thursday, Sept. 22.

Based at Purdue University, NIPTE is made of representatives from universities, pharmaceutical companies and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Its goal is to foster collaboration and scientific exchange to address issues in research, technology and education related as they relate to how pharmaceutical drugs are developed and manufactured.

Participants in the NIPTE include representatives from the UI as well as Duquesne University, the Illinois Institute of Technology, Purdue University, Rutgers University, the University of Puerto Rico San Juan/Mayaquez, the University of Connecticut, the University of Kansas, the University of Kentucky, the University of Maryland and the University of Minnesota.

Rolland Poust, Ph.D., UI professor of pharmaceutics and director of the College of Pharmacy's Division of Pharmaceutical Service, is a NIPTE board member, and Lee Kirsch, Ph.D., UI associate professor of pharmaceutics, is a member of NIPTE's executive committee.

"We are very pleased to be hosting this meeting of highly motivated academicians who believe that we can lower the cost and improve the quality of health care by leveraging the creativity and innovative spirit of university-based research and education on the long-standing and recurrent problems associated with pharmaceutical development," Kirsch said. "Our expectation is that the efforts of this group will result in innovation that will benefit both the public good and also generate technology transfer and economic development at the local and state level."

The college's Division of Pharmaceutical Service is the most experienced university-affiliated drug manufacturing facility registered with FDA. The division has been producing clinical supplies in compliance with Good Manufacturing Practices since 1974. The facility is the only one of its kind to offer the range and scope of services needed by commercial clients. Poust and his staff work closely with clients to produce virtually every type of pharmaceutical dosage form. A variety of large and small pharmaceutical firms from around the world use the manufacturing facility, based in the UI Pharmacy Building, to produce supplies of new pharmaceutical agents for use in clinical trials.

More information about NIPTE is available online at www.purdue.edu/dp/nipte/index.php.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

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