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Professor Leroux From ETH Receives the Debiopharm Life Sciences Award 2010
Date:9/2/2010

rmaceutical Technology". Professor Leroux is an expert in galenic studies from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. He and his institute received CHF 100'000. Funded by Debiopharm, the ceremony took place at the EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne) during the EPFL School of Life Sciences Symposium entitled "Engineering Life".

"We congratulate Professor Leroux for his outstanding research," said Rolland-Yves Mauvernay, President and founder of Debiopharm Group(TM). "A panel of experts from Debiopharm and the EPFL examined many high-level and promising applications from all over Europe; our decision to nominate Professor Leroux was unanimous. We were seduced by his innovative research, his general expertise and broad overall knowledge in drug delivery. The application file submitted by Professor Leroux was very comprehensive, with an impressive list of publications in high-impact factor pharmaceutical, materials and biomedical journals. He is a leading figure in an area that is likely to revolutionise medical therapeutics in the years to come."

The development of suitable drug formulations and delivery systems remains a major challenge in the full drug product development and industrialisation process. In his applied research, Professor Leroux is interested in the design of new carriers and materials for various pharmaceutical applications such as drug detoxification and the treatment of celiac disease (intolerance to gluten). Currently different approaches are being assessed as a supportive treatment of celiac disease. The polymeric binder technology which was developed in his laboratory will be further investigated. In parallel, he will examine another known strategy to study the stability of enzymes (exogenous propyl endopeptidases) in the gastro intestinal tract and try to improve it with various new polymers. He will also elaborate imaging tools to study in real time the enzymatic activity in vivo. Professor Leroux
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