The characterization of biological complex fluids such as proteins, DNA etc. is emerging as a rapidly evolving field. Understanding and establishing the structure-property relationships in such systems and understanding interactions in complex biopharmaceutical formulations is key to designing novel drug delivery mechanisms and new therapeutic solutions. However, most of these systems have their unique characterization challenges such as, small sample volumes, high sensitivity to any applied shear, external conditions etc. Also it is of primary importance to characterize the microstructure and interactions either in-vivo or in environments that very closely mimic the biological environment of interest. The need to characterize such complex fluids/soft matter systems also extends to other industrial sectors such as foods and personal care and some of the characterization challenges and limitations of current techniques remain quite similar across biopharmaceuticals, foods & personal care industries.
These challenges have led to a number of different developments in novel characterization techniques, ranging from particle tracking microrheology to microfluidics and MEMS-based techniques. A key challenge in proper application/refinement of these devices and the development of new ones lies in the ability to adequately understand the requirements from an industrial application perspective and ensure that the generated insights directly impact on the fundamental understanding required for generation of design rules for product & process design (therapeutic protein solutions, food systems etc).
This meeting, the first of its kind, will focus on bringing together a wide range of multi-disciplinary groups from academia and industry with a view to discussing key challenges, recent developments, and future trends in characterization of biological complex fluids. Some of the key areas of focus for the meeting will be no
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