Technologies Seminars

9:30 am - 10:00 am

Emerging Technologies for the manufacturing of safer and sustainable formulations

Novel biomaterials and manufacturing methods are emerging with potential to address the challenges associated with themanufacture of pharmaceuticals and drug delivery systems (DDSs) that will “teach new tricks to old drugs”, and on thedevelopment of personalized medicine and medical devices. Techniques such as 3D printing (3DP) have experienced asignificant price reduction making possible its use in hospitals for multiple applications. Other techniques such aselectrospinning (ES) or microfluidics (MF) have the potential to be used for the preparation of medical devices or DDSsadapted to the requirements of each patient. All these technologies together with 4D Printing (4DP) and Machine Learning(ML), with examples from our lab will be discussed.


10:00 am - 10:30 am

Regulatory aspects for emerging technologies in healthcare

The R&D and manufacturing of healthcare products have been strongly affected by new scientific and technologicaldiscoveries and applications, such as 3D printing, combination products and digitals therapeutics. As ever, those technologicaladvances require an update of the regulatory framework, to overcome the current regulatory obstacles for high-innovationproducts and to ensure quality standards adequate for the protection of public health. In this context, although existingregulatory pathways can be used effectively for the marketing of high-innovation products , benefit/risk assessment mayrequire additional data to be defined case-by-case, based on the specific features of the innovative products. It is necessary todiscuss the critical issues in the marketing of products and devices produced bydifferent emerging technologies fortherapeutic purposes, with a particular focus on point-of-care settings.