North Jersey Section
American Chemical Society

Sep 12, 2019 – DMDG Fall Symposium and Vendor Exhibition


Sponsored by the

North Jersey ACS Drug Metabolism Discussion Group

“Molecular Targeting Approaches for Drug Delivery and Therapeutics”

Date:   September 12, 2019

Time:   8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Venue:  The Palace at Somerset Park,
        333 Davidson Avenue,
        Somerset, NJ 08873     [ directions ]

2019 Fall DMDG Symposium

Speakers & Organizers at the Fall 2019 Symposium: [Bottom, L to R] Marissa Vavrek, Gautam Shenoy, Claudia Gravekamp, Dallas Bednarczyk, Fan Wu, Naiyu Zheng, [Top, L to R] Cody Smith, Carlo Sensenhauser, Imad Hanna, Philip Low, Matthew Hoffman

Registration Information:

  • Pre-registration fee is $125 (pre-register by September 5, 2019).
  • Registration fee at the door is $150 (Checks only)
  • Registration fee is $10 for students and postdocs and $50 for faculty
  • Registration is free for unemployed

Please plan to pre-register as a group, as coordinated by a member of the NJACS DMDG Steering Committee List, below, from your organization.

  • If you have no DMDG member at your company, please contact Elizabeth Joshi ( for registration.
  • Payments by personal or company checks. Sorry, credit cards are not accepted.
  • Checks should be made payable to: NJ Drug Metabolism Discussion Group.



“Molecular Targeting Approaches for Drug Delivery and Therapeutics”

 8:00 a.m.

                        Registration / Continental Breakfast / Vendor Exhibit

 9:00 a.m.

Introductory Remarks

Imad Hanna, Chair, NJ DMDG

 9:15 a.m.

Ligand-targeted drug delivery approaches

Philip Low, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Purdue University College of Pharmacy

 10:00 a.m.

Bacterial-derived antitumor drug delivery platform

Claudia Gravekamp, PhD,  Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology Albert Einstein College of Medicine

 10:45 a.m.

            Vendor Exhibit & Coffee Break

 11:15 a.m.

Novel use of quantitative imaging approaches and its impact on safety de-risking, compound progression, and establishing PK/PD relationships

Marissa Vavrek, Principal Scientist- Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics, and Drug Metabolism, Merck & Co., Inc.

 12:00 p.m.

            Lunch & Vendor Exhibit

 1:15 p.m.

Oral delivery of colon-targeting macromolecules

Sathy Balu-Iyer, PhD, Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy

 2:00 p.m.

Bioinformatics approaches to investigate mechanisms of pulmonary toxicity

Cody Smith, PhD - Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, Rutgers the State University of NJ, New Brunswick, NJ

 2:45 p.m.

               Vendor Exhibit & Coffee Break

 3:00 p.m.


3:45 p.m.

Drug Transporter-mediated tissue targeting challenges and strategies

Dallas Bednarczyk, PhD – Investigator, Pharmacokinetic Sciences, Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, Cambridge, MA.


                          Program closure


NJ-DMDG Steering Committee 2019-2020
Name Company E-mail address Responsibility
Imad Hanna Novartis Chair (2019-2020)
Beth Joshi Merck Past Chair (2018-2019)
Manthena Varma Pfizer Past Chair, 2017-18
Matthew Hoffmann Celgene Treasurer
Naiyu Zheng BMS Vendor Liaison (2018-2020)
Anima Ghosal Kean University Vendor Liaison
Bo Wen GSK Past Chair, 2016-17
Lauren Aleksunes Rutgers University Past Chair, 2015-16
Carlo Sensenhauser Janssen R&D Member
Allen Jones Students 2 Science Member
Ron Kong PTC Therapeutics Member
Lei Tang Sanofi Member
Li Yu Roche Member
Maria Markowska Member
Fan Wu Celgene Member
Hong Shen BMS Member



Directions to the Palace at Somerset Park

    333 Davidson Avenue, Somerset, NJ 08873
    Phone: 732-302-9922
    [ website ]

From the New Jersey Turnpike:

    Exit 10 to Interstate 287 North.
    Follow 10 miles to Exit 10 (527 New Brunswick -- South Bound Brook).
    Take Easton Ave towards South Bound Brook to first light,
    make left (Davidson Ave.)

From New York City:

    Lincoln Tunnel to N.J. Turnpike South.
    Follow N.J. Turnpike directions mentioned above.

From Route 287:

    If traveling north:

      Exit 10 (527 New Brunswick -- South Bound Brook)
      Follow sign towards Bound Brook, to light
      make left (Davidson Ave.)

    If traveling south:

      Exit 10 (527 New Brunswick).
      Left on Easton Ave., to light,
      make left (Davidson Ave).

From Newark Airport:

    Take NJ Turnpike South to Exit 10
    I-287 North to Exit 10 (Easton Ave)
    At first light, go left on Davidson Ave.
    Hotel immediately on left.