Director Emeritus: Jos A.W.M Corver – Netherlands
Email:[email protected]

Dr. Bakul Bhatnagar – USA
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Dr. Bhatnagar is an Associate Research Fellow-Pharmaceutical R&D at Pfizer, Inc.

Professor Thomas de Beer – Netherlands
Email: [email protected]

Thomas De Beer graduated in pharmaceutical sciences in 2002 at the Ghent University in Belgium. He obtained his PhD at the same  university in 2007. For his PhD research, he examined the suitability of Raman spectroscopy as a Process Analytical Technology tool for pharmaceutical production processes. Within his PhD research period, he worked four months at University of Copenhagen in Denmark, Department of Pharmaceutics and Analytical Chemistry (Prof. Jukka Rantanen). After his PhD, he was an FWO funded post-doctoral fellow at the Ghent University (2007-2010). Within his post-doc mandate, he worked 9 months at the Department of Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Technology and Biopharmaceutics from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany (Prof. Winter and Prof. Frieβ). In February 2010, he became professor in Process Analytics & Technology at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences from the university of Ghent. His research goals include bringing innovation pharmaceutical production processes (freeze-drying, hot-melt extrusion, continuous from-powder-to-tablet processing etc.). More specifically, Prof. De Beer contributes to the development of continuous manufacturing processes for drug products such as solids, semi-solids, liquids and biologicals (continuous freeze-drying of unit doses). Thomas De Beer is also director of Ghent University’s Center of Excellence in Sustainable Pharmaceutical Engineering (CESPE) which is founded in 2016. In 2018, Thomas De Beer became co-founder and CEO of the Ghent University spin-off company RheaVita which provides a continuous freeze-drying technology for the pharmaceutical market.

Ana Bacaoanu Ph.D., eng. – Romania
Email: [email protected]
Membership Chairperson

Susan Ríos – Peru
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Dr. Paul Matejtschuk – UK
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Dr. Enric Jo – Spain
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Name: Dr. Enric Jo
Born: Barcelona, Spain. February, 13, 1959.
Professional data:
ReigJofre Group
Av. Gran Capitán nº 10
08970 Sant Joan Despí, Barcelona, Spain
Tel.: +34934806708
Fax: +34934806720
Mov: +34670054398
Email: [email protected]

Home data:
Pº Colón 8, 2º
08002 Barcelona, Spain
Tel.: +34933101415
Fax: +34932954036

I obtained the Degree and PhD in Pharmacy from the University of Barcelona. I focussed my doctorate thesis on lyophilization processes. I worked at the Biopharmacy Department of the College of Pharmacy in Barcelona for 4 years. Since 1993 I have been working at Reig Jofré Group, where nowadays I’m Plant Manager in Barcelona site and responsible for the Center of Excellence in Lyophilization. I worked as GMP Adviser for the Inspection Service of the AEMPS for four years and, nowadays, I’m coach for aseptic and freeze drying processes to the Spanish Healthcare Agency. At present, I collaborate on the ISL-FD, and I’m an active partner of associations as PDA and ISPE.

Communications and courses related with Freeze Drying:

AEMPS: Technical and Regulatory Aspects. AEMPS. Madrid, 16th December 2010.

iiR Spain: Manufacturing of Sterile Medicines. Work Shop (2nd Ed). Barcelona, 3rd – 4th, November 2010.

PDA Workshop. 2010 Pharmaceutical Freeze Drying. San Diego (CA) US. “First Aproach Appliying QbD in a Scale up of a Lyophilization Cycle for an Antiviral Product”.17th – 18th Nov 2010.

VISIONGAIN, 3th Annual Lyophilisation: Ensuring Optimum Formulations for Pharmaceuticals and Biologicals: “Main Manufacturing Challenges in a Lyophilization Processes”In Boston, MA (US); 23rd -25th February 2010.

A3P: 22e Congrès International A3P: “Procédé de Lyophilisation: Succès dans le Scale-up”. Biarritz, 20-22 Octubre 2009.

VISIONGAIN, 2nd Annual Lyophilisation. Panel Discussion: State of art in Lyophilization Technology in London, 15th-17th September 2009 at BSG Conference center.

PALL Europe. Jornadas Técnicas; “Aplicación de procesos de filtración esterilizante bajo la perspectiva del PDA Technical Report nº 26”.Madrid: 5 de mayo 2009, Barcelona: 7 mayo 2009.

IMA-Edwards: ”General Insight on Issues Related with Freeze Drying Processes in Industrial Manufacturing”.In Barcelona, 16th April 2009.

PDA Europe, Interest Group Meeting: Freeze Drying: “Suggestions to define a working structure in the European Interest Group of Freeze Drying”.Frankfurt on 2 April 2009 at the Sheraton Offenbach Hotel Am Büsing Palais I Berliner Str.111 – 63065 Offenbach

iiR Spain: Manufacturing of Sterile Medicines. Work Shop (1st Ed). Barcelona, 3rd – 4th, November 2009.

Institut Catala de la Salut: “Els nous requeriments en la fabricació de medicaments estèrils-EMEA – Annex 1”. 6ª Jornada de Normes de Correcta Fabricació de Medicaments. Barcelona, Spain. 11 Desembre 2008.

ISPE: “Parameter Characterization of a Lyophilization Cycle”. 2008 ISPE Conference on Applying a Science and Risk-based Approach. Barcelona, Spain, 1st-4th December 2008.

PDA Europe: “Parameter Characterization of a Lyophilization Cycle”. 2008 PDA Pharmaceutical Freeze Drying Technology. Wavre, Belgium, 23th-24th September 2008.


PMPS Manufacturing-Nov 2010, p 62: “Guaranteeing a Quality Scale-up”. Author: E Jo.

Pharmaceutical Technology – March 2010: “Thermal Fingerprinting and its application in the successful development and optimisation of Lyophilisation processes”. Vol 22. Nº 3. Pg 26-28.

PMPS Manufacturing-August 2009, p.46: “Freeze-Drying in Pharma”. Authors: J.Sassone; E. Jo; L. Noguera; JR.Mullick.