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The 2018 AIChE Pharmaceutical Discovery, Development & Manufacturing (PD2M) Forum Awards

AIChE PD2M awards are presented annually to professionals and students that make outstanding contributions to the field of pharmaceutical discovery, development and manufacturing. Award nominations will be accepted in the following categories:

  • Outstanding Contribution to QbD for Drug Substance, sponsored by Scale-up Systems
  • Outstanding Contribution to QbD for Drug Product, sponsored by Pfizer
  • Excellence in Integrated QbD Practice, sponsored by Merck
  • The PD2M Student Award, Sponsored by Pfizer

Selection criteria and nomination instructions for each award are provided below. The QbD Drug Substance, QbD Drug Product and Integrated QbD Practice awardees will receive a commemorative plaque and $1,500. The receipient of the PD2M Student Award will receive a plaque and $5,000, which is intended to fund travel expenses to the Annual AIChE meeting.

PD2M is responsible for coordinating the nomination and selection process for all the awards. Nominations for 2018 are now being accepted. The nomination period will close May 15, 2018. Award presentations will occur at a special reception ceremony during the AIChE Annual Meeting. (A list of past award winners is below.)

Questions regarding the QbD Awards should be directed to the PD2M Awards Committee:

Award Selection Criteria

Outstanding Contribution to QbD for Drug Substance and Drug Product

  • Nominees should have a Track Record of publications, articles, white papers, etc. in QbD discovery, development and manufacturing
  • Nominees should have Visibility and Credibility through presentations and leadership at professional conferences, topical and alliance meetings and/or other public forums
  • The impact of nominees work on industry approaches and strategies in QbD development will be a consideration
  • Nominees may be from Industry, Academia, Regulatory or other relevant working environments
  • Nominees may be from any nation, working at any location worldwide
  • There are no age or experience limits for nominees
  • All nominees must be AIChE members. Preference is given to work that features Chemical Engineering

Excellence in Integrated QbD Practice

  • The awardee will be selected from presentations made at the 2017 AIChE Annual Meeting
  • The awardee’s work should demonstrate advancement of QbD practices in an integrated way with two or more of the following attributes:
    • Work that draws R&D and manufacturing into closer alignment and execution
    • Integration across different value streams (e.g., drug substance, drug product, and primary packaging)
    • The use of models across more than one value stream
    • Integrated use of the ICH “quality quartet:” Q8, Q9, Q10, and Q11
  • Awardees may be working in Industry, Academia, Regulatory or other relevant working environments
  • Awardees may be from any nation, working at any location worldwide
  • There are no age or experience limits for awardees
  • All awardees must be AIChE members; preference is given to work that features Chemical Engineering

The PD2M Student Award

  • The Student Award will be selected based the nominee’s contributions to the research in or application of innovative solutions to technological problems, and/or commercialization of new pharmaceutical processes and products
  • This award is for research done while enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program; the nominee must be a student at the time the nomination is submitted
  • Nominations may be submitted for students from any nation, studying in any location

Award Nominations

You can complete and submit your nomination(s) via the on-line form.

Information requested includes: 

  • Full Name of Nominator
  • Nominator’s Email
  • Nominator’s Affiliation (Company, institution, employer)
  • Full Name of Nominee
  • For which award (  Drug Substance, Drug Product or Student?)
  • Nominee’s Email
  • Nominee’s Affiliation (Company, institution, employer

Also give some thought to your rationale for making this nomination:

  • Summarize the your justification for the nomination in no more than 150 words considering the criteria provided above
  • Provide additional details of the nominee’s accomplishments the support their selection using no more than 850 words
  • Provide references to no more than 5 publications, patents, presentations, that support the nomination

Past Pharmaceutical Discovery, Development & Manufacturing Award Winners

Year Drug Substance Drug Product Integrated Student
2010 Kevin Seibert (Lilly) Sal Garcia-Munoz (Pfizer)    
2011 Jose Tabora (BMS) Steve Hammond (Pfizer) Theodora Kourti (GSK)  
2012 John Lepore (Merck0 Christine Moore (FDA) Steve Jeffrey (Lilly)  
2013 Richard Braatz (MIT) Roger Nosal (Pfizer) Sal Garcia-Munoz (Lilly/Pfizer)  
2014 Shailendra Bordawekar (AbbVie) Lawrence Yu (FDA) Stephen Conway (Merck)  
2015 Dan Hallow (J&J) Jim Litster (Purdue) Kristin Ploeger and team (Hovione and Merck) Jeff Ting (Univ Minn)
2016 Martin Johnson (Lilly) Bruno Hancock (Pfizer) Hannah Robinson (GSK) Mo Jiang (MIT)
2017 Jacob Albrecht (BMS) William Ketterhagen (Pfizer) Jasmine Rowe (BMS) Meng Li (NJIT)












































































































































































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