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2019 Executive Sponsors

BD Medical

2019 Associate Sponsors


2019 Technology Sponsors

BDD Pharma
Cambridge Design Partnership
Common Sensing
Credence medsystems
Enable Injections
Gerresheimer Medical Systems
Harro Höfliger Verpackungsmaschinen GmbH
InnoCore Pharmaceuticals
leon nanodrugs
Oakwood Labs
Portal Instruments
Quantex Vernay
Sensile Medical

2019 Exhibitors

Baumann Group
Drug Delivery Experts
Owen Mumford
Team Consulting

2019 Media Partners


2018 Executive Sponsors

BD Medical

2018 Associate Sponsors


2018 Technology Sponsors

4P Therapeutics
Adare Pharmaceuticals
BDD Pharma
Cambridge Design Partnership
Common Sensing
Credence medsystems
Daré  Bioscience
Enable Injections
Gerresheimer Medical Systems
Harro Höfliger Verpackungsmaschinen GmbH
Ichor Medical
Ileo Science
InnoCore Pharmaceuticals
Interface Biologics
Intract Pharma
leon nanodrugs
Matinas Biopharma
Ocular Therapeutix
Portal Instruments
Quantex Vernay
Recro Gainsville
Sensile Medical
Serina Therapeutics
Sorrel Medical

2018 Exhibitors

Baumann Group
Drug Delivery Experts
DS Technology
NN Life Sciences
Oakwood Labs
Stevanato Group
Team Consulting
West Pharmaceutical Services

2018 Supporting Sponsor

TTP plc

2018 Soapbox Sponsors

Better Sense
Cam Med
Cinti Medical, Inc
Consegna Pharma
Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)
SiNon Therapeutics
Wyss Institute

2018 Media Partners

Drug Development & Delivery
Mass Bio
Med Device Online
Pharma Tech Outlook
Pharmaceutical Online
SciDoc Publishers
Technology Networks

2018 Conference Supporter

MCD Group


The drug delivery industry is expected to experience robust growth over the next five to ten years, primarily due to the increasing prevalence of chronic conditions and the growing geriatric population. Often, the most complex part of developing a therapeutic is to design an appropriate delivery system for it. The use of drug delivery technologies will continue to rise, as the industry focuses on more cost-effective, targeted, and patient-centered therapies.

The 8th annual Partnership Opportunities in Drug Delivery (PODD) business development event covered the latest advances in drug delivery science, while also providing a meeting place to network and form new partnerships. The PODD event featured a wide range of innovative drug delivery technologies that could potentially improve the delivery of various types of drugs, including proteins, peptides, mRNA therapies, oncology therapeutics, and small molecules.

Podcast: An Insight into PODD PODD Celebration

The 8th annual event was chaired by:

Barbara Lueckel, PhD
Global Business Development Director, Roche Partnering InnovationRoche

2018 Featured Keynotes included:

Robert Langer

Robert Langer, PhD
David H. Koch Institute Professor,

Amy Schulman

Amy Schulman, JD
Co-founder and CEO, Lyndra and Partner, Polaris

Jeffrey Karp, PhD
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Justin Wright 2018

Justin Wright, PhD
Global Head of Innovation, Novartis

2018 Track Chairs:

Nima Akhavein, PhD
Associate Fellow and Scientific Leader, GSK

Ulrich Brüggemann
Head Academics and Innovation, Global Medical Devices DevelopmentSanofi US

Mathias Romacker
Senior Director, Device Strategy, Pfizer

Michael Cucolo

Michael Cucolo
Director of Business Development, BMS

Manuel Sanchez-Felix, PhD
Senior FellowNovel Delivery Technologies /Chemical and Pharmaceutical ProfilingNovartis Institute for BioMedical Research

Ann Daugherty

Ann L Daugherty, PhD
Senior Manager, Drug DeliveryGenentech

In addition to presenting cutting-edge technologies and drug delivery solutions, the PODD event also presented expert panel discussions related to the latest challenges and trends in drug delivery today:

  • Protein and peptide drug delivery, including non-invasive administration
  • High-volume, subcutaneous delivery to optimize delivery and lower healthcare costs
  • Gene therapy: the potential of mRNA therapies and vaccines
  • Digital health technologies to improve patient adherence and outcomes
  • Ophthalmic delivery targeting difficult back of the eye diseases
  • Management of the combination product lifecycle: post-market surveillance
  • Disruptive new models for advancing development and commercialization of early stage technologies
  • Strategic considerations for evaluating and utilizing external delivery technologies
  • Patient input on the design and development of next-generation drug delivery systems

PODD attracts more than 350 delegates from drug delivery, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device companies globally.

Key benefits in 2018 included:

  • Hearing from renowned biomedical engineer and entrepreneur, Dr Robert Langer, and highly accomplished investor and biotech executive, Amy Schulman, as they addressed collaboration in drug delivery and what it takes to bring game-changing technologies and therapeutics to the market.
  • Learning about the latest drug delivery technology solutions for both small and large molecule drugs, ranging from oral, transdermal, and transmucosal dosage forms to more patient-friendly delivery devices (more than 45 presentations and 50 exhibitors).
  • Networking with key decision makers from pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device companies and exploring areas for potential collaboration (more than 8 hours of networking).
  • Discovering the current drug delivery needs of pharma and biotech companies and determining what they are looking for in terms of external delivery technologies.
  • Understanding the potential impact digital health applications and digitally-enabled drug delivery systems can have on improving patient adherence and overall health outcomes.

The PODD promise:

  1. To present a strategic-level program for pharma and biotech scientists and business development professionals, with a thorough overview on formulation needs, the latest drug delivery technologies available along with an update on deals and opportunities to improve therapies and extend the life cycle of a drug.
  2. To provide drug delivery and specialty pharmas with a platform to present their technologies.
  3. To offer ample networking time and services for one-on-one meetings to establish new business contacts and enhance existing ones.


Valerie Bowling New

Valerie Bowling
Executive Director


Meredith Sands
Executive Director, Business Development

Michelle McDermott
Conference Producer


Meg Gould
Conference Planner

Geeta Bachani
Business Development Manager

Margaret Van Cleve
Associate Marketing Manager

Jenny O’Dea
Conference Coordinator



  • "I really enjoyed the PODD event once again. The team continue to bring the very best content to the event. The venue was spectacular and the organization impeccable. I thoroughly enjoyed it and thanks again for having me on the agenda."

    - Keith Horspool, PhD, Boehringer Ingelheim

  • "Excellent PODD conference."

    - James Spavins, formerly of Pfizer

  • "Was a great conference and getting better every year!"

    - Rudy Emmelot, IntraTab Labs

  • "I have to say PODD was a great opportunity for me. I learned a lot and met great people. Thanks to The Conference Forum."

    - Sina Eetezadi, Roche Pharmaceuticals

  • "I found the conference very insightful and the one-to-one meetings highly valuable.  Congratulations on organizing a wonderful conference!"

    - Mary Gardner, Hospira Inc.

  • "We were impressed by the size of the turn out, the caliber of the individuals in attendance and the quality of the panels, presentations and discussions. It was a pleasure and privilege for us to attend. We only hope that our presence added to your conference as much as your conference added to our position in the pharma community. The conference team consistently got "right" both the technicalities, as well as the personalities.  Great job, well done. Congratulations, and kudos, to all of you."

    - Susan Rosenbaum, Lauren Sciences LLC

  • "A nice and fruitful meeting."

    - Sylvestre Grizot, PhD, MedinCell S.A.

  • "I enjoyed the opportunity and the new connections I made.  I look forward to next year’s event."

    - Jonathan Behr, PhD, Partners Healthcare

  • " Very much enjoyed both the 1st and 2nd PODD meetings - and looking forward to the 3rd in Boston next year. Great forum for anyone interested in drug delivery for the biopharma industry"

    - Baruch Harris, PhD, Forum Pharmaceuticals

  • "Overall, outstanding conference, well done!"

    - Ralph Solarski, PhD, Kimberly-Clark Corporation

  • "Congratulations on a very successful conference! It is a very unique conference and I enjoyed it very much."

    - Avinash G. Thombre, PhD, Pfizer Inc.

  • "Great conference!"

    - Jones W. Bryan, PhD, Supernus Pharmaceuticals

  • "Thank you for a great conference that brought us together to network and share ideas. The conference is refreshing and well organized. Congratulations for a job well done."

    - Peter Hoffmann, PhD, ph Associates

  • "I enjoyed the panels and the meeting was well done."

    - Jack Talley, EpiCept Corp.

  • "Nice job!! Thanks to the conference organizers."

    - Jonathan M. Rigby, SteadyMed Therapeutics, Inc.

  • "Thank you for an excellent conference."

    - Jane Nichols, MBA, Nanocopoeia Inc.

  • "I enjoyed the conference and received a number of interesting leads from it."

    - Julius Knowles, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, Inc.

  • "I was honestly very much impressed by the conference, the set up with presentations and panels and the high level number of executives from the different stakeholders."

    - Sven Stegemann, PhD, Geriatric Medicine Society

  • "It was a great event and my thanks to you and your excellent team."

    - Keith Horspool, PhD, Boehringer Ingelheim

  • "It was a great pleasure to attend PODD.  Thank for organizing this meeting."

    - Ye (Bill) Huang, PhD, Global Pharmaceutical Science

  • "I thoroughly enjoyed the conference, the meetings and the presentations."

    - Monica Fernand, BD Medical – Pharmaceutical Systems