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Pharmaceutics International, Inc. (Pii) Supports University Pharmaceutical Technology Education and Research
Date:5/3/2012

HUNT VALLEY, Md., May 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Pharmaceutics International, Inc. (Pii), a contract development and manufacturing organization specializing in the development of difficult to formulate compounds, announced today that it has made a grant to the University of Mississippi (UM). The funds will be utilized to support pharmaceutical education for graduate students, as well as a center devoted to research related to hot melt extrusion and other pharmaceutical processing technologies.

The Center, to be named the Pii Center for Pharmaceutical Technology, is directed by UM's Michael A. Repka, a leading researcher in the field of hot melt extrusion (HME) and thermal processing. The Pii Center will collaborate with private industry, government agencies and other universities to conduct research aimed at developing novel, cost-effective, patient-friendly and efficacious formulations for delivering new and existing pharmaceutical products.

"Hot melt extrusion offers multiple advantages over traditional processing techniques for pharmaceutical processing," said Repka, chair and professor of pharmaceutics and research professor in the UM School of Pharmacy's Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences.  "HME is anhydrous, requires fewer processing steps, entails no organic solvents, requires no compression of active pharmaceutical ingredients and improves the bioavailability of poorly absorbed drugs," said Repka. "Thanks to Pii's support, we will be able to greatly expand our research into how this advanced technology can be used to produce various dosage forms and improve drug delivery through oral and other routes."

A graduate of UM's Ph.D. program, Syed Abidi, chief executive officer of Pii, has remained active in the university's pharmaceutical education programs over the years. Pii's commitment to the university is further matched by the company's support of UM's Distinguished Research and Creative Achievement Award, which is g
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