Nano and Micro Formulations - An ECA Academy, Loewe Center of Translational Medicine and Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology (IME) JOINT CONFERENCE

Nano and Micro Formulations - An ECA Academy, Loewe Center of Translational Medicine and Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology (IME) JOINT CONFERENCE

Berlin, Germany

Course No 16026


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Dr Hans Bäumler, CC-Ery GmbH /Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Alexander Bernhardt, Evonik Nutrition & Care GmbH
Prof Susanne Bremer- Hoffmann, Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission
Prof Dagmar Fischer, Universität Jena
Dr Svetlana Gelperina, Drugs Technology LLC
Dr Aaron Krueger, KBI Biopharma
Dr Marco Marenchino, Malvern Panalytical GmbH
Dr Margareth R. C. Marques, USP
Dr Lutz Müller, Dr. Regenold GmbH
James Nolan, Kyn Biopharmaceuticals
Prof. Ana Proykova, Faculty of Physics, University of Sofia
Dr Johannes Reich, Microcoat Biotechnology GmbH
Dr Tobias Schulz, Rittershaus Attorneys
Dr René Thürmer, BfArM, Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices
Dr Emre Türeli, MJR Pharmjet GmbH
Dr Matthias G. Wacker, Fraunhofer IME
Dr Sylvia Wagner, IBMT
Dr Xiaoming Xu, U.S. FDA


This conference covers the legal and scientific aspects in the development of nanopharmaceuticals, medical devices and other products containing nanomaterials:

  • Physicochemical characterization and quality aspects of nanopharmaceuticals
  • Requirements from authority’s perspective
  • Experiences from submissions and consequences for pharmaceutical development and lifecycle management
  • Scientific data in regulatory submissions

Take advantage to discuss with colleagues from pharmaceutical industry, key opinion leaders from academia, manufacturers and authorities.


In recent years, nanotechnology has become increasingly important for global industries. Nanopharmaceuticals and medical devices take advantage of advanced manufacturing technology and functionalized biomaterials. However, in some cases, nanomaterials may exert unexpected risks for human health and the environment.

In the light of the ongoing controversy, the use of nanomaterials and novel technologies in the pharmaceutical formulation pipeline will be presented. Furthermore, case examples for market applications will be presented and the effect of a growing regulatory framework on market perspectives will be highlighted.

The comprehensive program of the workshop will address these pressing concerns over how to develop novel nanoproducts, how to characterize them for submission or registration and how to deal with safety concerns

Target Group

This seminar addresses pharmaceutical professionals in R&D as well as in quality control, production of pharmaceutical industry and excipient manufacturers.


Module 1: Background and Legal Challenges

Introduction to Nanomaterials
  • The complex nano landscape
  • Challenges and pitfalls in the nano development
  • Nanosafety: Real risk or inadequate experiments?
Multi-Parameter Characterization of Liposomes by Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis, Dynamic Light Scattering, and Electrophoretic Light Scattering
  • Optimal conditions for extruding liposomes stability under different conditions
  • Limit of detection for fluorescently labeled liposomes
  • Charactization by Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis (NTA) and Dynamic and Electrophoretic Light Scattering
  • Using the data for optimizations
Legal Challenges and Pitfalls
  • Introduction and general considerations
  • The European legal framework for nanomaterials in medicinal products
  • Nanomaterials according to the new EU-MDR 2017/745
Complementary Technologies for Characterization of Particles in the Nano/Colloidal Range
  • Particle characterization techniques can be applied across a wide variety of sample types
  • Multiple particle techniques can be used to adequately characterize therapeutic products or nanomedicines and particle populations
  • Advances in analytical technology for characterization and identification of particles provides a tremendous amount of new data
  • Careful interpretation of data and in-depth understanding of the method limitations is of utmost importance for complementary methods

Module 2: Development and Characterization

USP Perspectives for Drug Products Containing Nanomaterials
  • Nomenclature and definition of pharmaceutical dosage forms containing nanomaterials – Harmonization with the US FDA
  • In-vitro release tests (dissolution/drug release)
  • Physical-chemical characterization techniques
Characterization of Nanomedicine Drug Product Critical Quality Attribute
  • Correlation between biological performance and quality attribute
  • Identification and characterization of certain nanoparticle quality attributes
  • Impact to efficacy
  • Impact to safety of clinical stage product
Quality Considerations and Regulatory Perspectives for Drug Products Containing Nanomaterials: FDA Perspective
  • Nanomaterial definitions and considerations
  • Drug products containing nanomaterials
  • Physicochemical characterizations and performance testing for quality considerations
Challenges in the Drug Release Testing of next-generation Nanomedicines
  • PLGA nanoparticles, microparticles and liposomes
  • Physicochemical characterization and drug release testing
  • In vitro drug release testing using the dispersion releaser technology
  • In vitro-in vivo correlation
Biocompatible nanoparticles for specific targeting
  • In vitro testing of nanomaterials
  • In vitro/ ex vivo cell culture models
  • In vitro testing panel

Module 3: Further Challenges for Nanopharmaceuticals and Medical Devices

Regulations in the Area of advanced Engineered Nanomaterials
  • Behaviour of advanced engineered nano & micro particles
  • Applications in phase changing and porous materials, polymers
  • Micro/nano scale modelling of new materials
  • Risk assessment of nano/micro materials usage
Sometimes an unexpected Pitfall - Bacterial Endotoxin Testing in Nanomaterials
  • Relevance of endotoxin testing in nanoparticle samples
  • Common endotoxin test methods
  • Interference of nanoparticles with common test methods
  • Interaction of nanoparticles with endotoxin
A European Perspective on Regulatory Issues for Drug Products Containing Nanomaterials
  • How the EU promotes the development of new nanomedicines by: Publishing guidance,
  • Scientific advice, Convergence of scientific requirements to support the quality, safety and efficacy of nanomedicines
  • Regulatory challenges deriving from the use of an innovative technology that crosses different platforms
Introduction into the European Nanomedicine Characterisation Laboratory (EUNCL Aims and Objectives of the EUNCL)
  • Introduction into the service and process
  • Collaboration with regulators
Smart Formulations for parenteral Administration with bio-degradable RESOMER® Polymers
  • Overview RESOMER product portfolio for parenteral formulations
  • FormEZE microencapsulation process
  • Nanoparticulate dosage forms based on PLGA polymers

Module 4: Case Studies: Quality and Manufacturing

Quality Requirements on IMPD and Module 3 for particular Systems
  • Requirements for specific clinical phase
  • Differences clinical studies versus marketing authorisation
Case Study: Nanoparticle-bound Doxorubicin for Chemotherapy of Glioblastoma: Results of clinical Phases I and II
  • Nanoparticles for brain delivery: proof of the concept
  • Preclinical studies
  • Technological issues
  • Clinical development
Fabrication of multifunctional Nano and Micro Size Biopolymer Particles

Case Study: GMP Manufacturing of parenteral Nanoparticles using MicroJet Reactor Technology
  • Requirements for GMP manufacturing of nanoparticles
  • Preparation of nanoparticles with precipitation using MicroJet Reactor Technology
  • Validation of nanoparticle manufacturing method using MicroJet Reactor Technology
  • Downstream processing of nanoparticles
  • In process controls for nanoparticle manufacturing

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