National Workshop

Controlled Release Society- Indian Chapter (CRSIC) organized a national level workshop on Saturday, October 10, 2020 on the theme “Manufacturing, Characterization, and Clinical Applications of Monoclonal Antibodies”. The virtual workshop received an overwhelming response from the Students, Academicians, and Industry with about 800 registrations from across India, Ireland, UK, US, Germany, and UAE.  On the occasion of the workshop, the upgraded website of CRSIC was launched in the gracious presence of Mr. Ajit Singh, Chairman, ACG World, following which the website developer, Mr. Tarun Soni demonstrated all the important features of the revamped website.

The workshop began with the welcome address by the President of CRSIC, Dr. Parizad Elchidana, Principal Technical Consultant – Pharma, ACG Worldwide. The first technical session “Making of human monoclonal antibodies” was delivered by Dr. K. Rajeshwari, Founder and Managing Director, Bioklone Biotech Pvt. Ltd, Chennai. She gave a very lucid presentation explaining the various methods of manufacturing chimeric as well as human monoclonal antibodies. The session was coordinated by Dr. Sujata Sawarkar, Professor and Head of Pharmaceutics, Department at Srimati Bhanuben Nanavati College of Pharmacy, Mumbai.

The next session “Basics of Monoclonal Antibody Drug Development” was delivered by Dr. Suneet Shukla, the Senior Pharmacologist at the USFDA. He elaborated on the regulatory aspects of the monoclonal antibody-based formulations including PK/PD studies as well as the differences between the innovator and biosimilar formulations. Dr. John DiSouza, Principal at Tatyasaheb Kore College of Pharmacy, Warnanagar coordinated this session.

In the following session, Dr. Sachin Dubey, Deputy Director- Formulation and Analytical Development, Ichnos Sciences SA, Switzerland delivered an informative talk on “Role of Antibodies Based Therapeutics in the Modern Healthcare System”. His session delved through the various clinical as well as diagnostic applications of monospecific and bispecific antibodies. This session was chaired by Dr. Anil Pethe, Associate Dean of School of Pharmacy & Technology Management, SVKM’s NMIMS Deemed University, Hyderabad. The vote of thanks was proposed by Dr. Vandana Patravale, Vice President, CRS IC, and Professor of Pharmaceutics at the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai. The program was very well received by the attendees and appreciated by all the speakers for its meticulous organization. It was anchored ably by Dr. Madhur Kulkarni, Secretary, CRS IC, and Associate Professor & Head of Pharmaceutics at SCES’s Indira College of Pharmacy, Pune.

CRS IC initiated a “Go Green Drive to Save Planet” at this workshop. As a part of this drive, a tree would be planted on behalf of each speaker at SCES’s Indira College of Pharmacy, Pune. These trees would be the epitome of the ever-lasting bond between our eminent speakers and CRS IC.