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Global Competition Recognizes Emerging Scientific Talent in the Pharmaceutical Sciences

Mania Dorrani, of Rutgers University and the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy was chosen as one of the four winners in the AAPS & Catalent Applied Drug Delivery Institute’s 4th Annual Global Academic Competition for Life Science Leaders of Tomorrow Award.

Each winner will receive a cash prize of $2,000 and annual membership to the AAPS. Mania’s review entitled “Topical SiRNA Delivery and Challenges and Prospects“, showcased innovation and relevance. The challenge of delivery for RNAi still remains significant. However, moving forward, the research focus is now on developing safe and effective materials for RNAi delivery. Mania is part of the Michniak Laboratory for Drug Delivery and her research interests include polymeric drug delivery, tissue engineering and nanotechnology.

The annual competition aims to identify emerging scientific talent, foster drug delivery education and reward academic excellence. The competition entries consisted of submitted original review articles with topics such as drug development, delivery technologies, improving therapeutic profiles and bioavailability, pre-formulation, and pediatric drugs. This competition is consistent with the Catalent Institute’s vision of driving forward the future of pharmaceutical innovation. The efforts to connect drug delivery experts in industry with academia will foster education and support the incubation and adoption of advanced drug delivery technologies. Hopefully these partnerships are able to bring fruit and transform research into the therapeutics that patients need most.