From Discovery To Clinic: Getting Ready For Phase 1


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Date: April 27, 2017

Time: 09:30 - 14:00

Location: Chesterford Research Park, Little Chesterford, Saffron Walden, CB10 1XL
Free onsite car parking available 

From Discovery to Clinic: Getting Ready for Phase 1

Today’s scientists are under significant time pressure to accelerate their compound from discovery to the clinic. Such pressure can often lead research organizations to adopt short-term thinking and overlook the downstream realities of drug development.  Addressing issues early and comprehensively in the development life-cycle can result in fewer problems down the line such as escalating timelines, costs and regulatory issues. It is important to leverage the skills and experience of experts and connect the dots between competencies to optimize the development pathway and enable drug candidates to reach their true potential.

This event will focus on a number of key considerations for transitioning a molecule from discovery to phase 1 readiness including API and formulation development, clinical study design, and regulatory requirements.


Agenda Item






Aline Charpentier of One Nucleus

Phil Berry of Catalent


Chairperson –

  • Overview of the proceedings

David Elder


API Design –

  • Reasons for attrition in early phase and late phase
  • Profiling drug candidate physicochemical characteristics across industry
  • Criteria and process used by different companies to rank compounds and assess risk
  • How to position molecule for success in Phase 1 and beyond

Paul Leeson



  • Model and predict ADME behavior prior to entering clinical trial
  • Understand ADME deficiencies that can be improved through drug design or formulation
  • Set target PK profile and starting dose

Jan Neelissen of Catalent


Coffee and Networking


Drug Product

  • Parallel screening for solubility enhancing technologies
  • Early dose form: Selection and optimization
  • When is it appropriate to go quickly into clinic (powder-in-capsule) versus when you should better formulate a drug

Julien Meissonnier of Catalent



  • Best practices for preparing the IMPD chemistry, quality, manufacture, and control section

Andrew Willis of A Willis Consulting


Networking Lunch

1:1 Private Consultancy Appointments

 Following the meeting, Catalent’s Science and Technology leaders will be available for private, no-obligation discussions on specific programmes and challenges.