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Center Overview

The Center for Pharmaceutical Development (CPD) focuses on novel approaches to the final three stages of new drug development: active pharmaceutical ingredients manufacturing; drug product formulation; and analytical methods. CPD's mission is to create more selective and robust biological and chemical catalysts; develop methods for stabilizing drugs and vaccines; and design new techniques for nondestructive evaluation of pharmaceutical products.

CPD researches the creation of robust biological and chemical catalysts with better selectivity that will allow for more streamlined processes (manufacturing); the development of improved methods for stabilizing pharmaceuticals to protect the nation's drug supply (formulation); and the design of new analytical techniques for the nondestructive, accurate, and rapid evaluation of pharmaceutical products.


  • University of Delaware
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Purdue University
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Center Personnel

Eric Munson
Dane O. Kildsig Chair in Industrial and Physical Pharmacy, Department Head
+1 765 494 1450

Andreas AndyBommarius
+1 404 385 1334

Christopher Roberts
Center Staff
+1 302 831 2136

Research Focus

Representative research areas include:

More selective and robust processes with less environmental footprint

Novel and improved existing biocatalysts, such as redox biocatalysts and hydrolases, from beta-lactam hydrolases to semisynthetic beta-lactams.

Integrated reaction-separation schemes

Integration of reaction and product/(bio) catalyst separation, with the goal of rapidly scalable, robust, and thus economical processes.

Methods to ensure long-term stability of tablets, proteins, and vaccines