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Prathap ShastriPrathap Shastri, Ph.D., is the principal investigator, study director for the Pharmacokinetics Dynamics and Metabolism services at Seventh Wave Laboratories.

This November I attended my sixth AAPS Annual Meeting in a row! With the conference center located right across the San Antonio River Walk, attendees could thoroughly enjoy the science and networking opportunities offered at the meeting as well as the delightful dining locations.

As a BIOTEC section member, this year was my first time moderating the BIOTEC Graduate Student Symposium. The symposium was composed of fantabulous presentations in the area of biotechnology, covering topics related to synthesis and delivery of proteins, nanovehicles, treatment for retinal and bone degenerative diseases, and more.

The mentoring breakfast is something that I always look forward to at the AAPS Annual Meeting. This time not only did I get the opportunity to converse with mentors, but I also shared my views with the graduate students present at the table, which was a rewarding experience.

Overall, the meeting included a wide breadth of scientific presentations at the symposiums, roundtables, and short courses. Furthermore, I have been asked to participate on the AAPS Blog Committee and provide and acquire blog posts regularly. Writing for the AAPS Blog provides a great opportunity to share views and comment on topics that interest pharmaceutical scientists—we welcome your submissions of blog posts on timely topics! Blogging also allows authors to ask for opinions and create awareness, so I look forward to your participation as readers as well.

Here are some stories that were shared by attendees of the 2013 AAPS Annual Meeting:

AAPS 2013 was very special to me this year! I was selected for the AAPS Graduate Student Symposium Award in Biotechnology and received an opportunity to present my research work during a podium and a poster presentation. I had a chance to interact with other award recipients and get to know their research. I was able to network with a lot of people, meet alumni, and catch up with friends as well. This was my first trip to San Antonio. I really liked the place, especially the River Walk and the restaurants. The sunrise sessions, research posters, and symposia were very informative and relevant to my research interests.

—Sheetal D’mello, Ph.D. candidate, University of Iowa
AAPS Graduate Student Symposium Award in Biotechnology Recipient

I would like to thank AAPS, the BIOTEC section, and Pfizer for sponsoring this award and providing me an opportunity to present my research, Development of Nanotheranostic Probes to Facilitate Early Diagnoses, Treatment and Selective Targeting to Amyloid Deposits in Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy. Each year at the AAPS Annual Meeting, I look forward to the roundtable discussions, networking opportunities, and the poster sessions.

—Kristen Jaruszewski, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow, University of Minnesota
AAPS Graduate Student Symposium Award in Biotechnology Recipient

The short courses, symposiums, and mini-symposiums provided by the BIOTEC section were interesting and well organized. My Ph.D. and postdoctoral students liked them very much.

—Professor Shefeng Zhou, associate vice president for Global Medical Development, chair of pharmacy, University of South Florida

A sunrise session on container closure integrity received great interest with more than 60 attendees. The session began with CCIT/leak detection technologies during in-line automated inspection by Renggli Marco from Wilco. The a case study on evaluation of CCIT at frozen storage condition was presented by Paul Cummins from West.

A short course on tech transfer, which encompassed small and large molecule aspects, was successful. This short course offered various views on aspects of tech transfer (regulatory, process, risk assessment, and analytical tech transfer) with some excellent case studies and breakout sessions on actual tech transfer scenarios.

—Parag Kolhe, group leader, principal scientist, Pfizer

Did you attend 2013 AAPS Annual Meeting as well? Please share your experiences from the meeting below in the comments section!