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Past, Present and Future Applications of Fluid Bed Technology: the Contributions of David Jones

Atul Mehta (Consultant), Stephen Abele (Quality by Design LLC) & Howard Stamato (BMS)

David M. Jones changed the way in which fluidized beds are utilized in processing pharmaceuticals.  Over his 35 year career he developed fluidized bed processes, designed new machines, tested new sensors, and trained a generation of scientists.  He published over fifteen articles, five book chapters, and received seven U.S. patents. 

Processes such as drying, granulation, layering, and coating were influenced by his work.  Three of his contemporaries: Atul Mehta, Stephen Abele, and Howard Stamato will discuss how Dave’s work changed the way that fluidized beds were used, have been expanded by those working in the field now, and will influence the future course of where the technology might develop

Date and Location

Apr 20th, 2017

Registration: 5:30 PM
Dinner: 6:30 PM

Meeting Sponsors

Catalent Pharma Solutions


JRS Pharma

Parsippany Hilton

1 Hilton Court, Parsippany, NJ 07054

About the speakers

ATUL M. MEHTA, Ph.D. has been a consultant to the pharmaceutical industry worldwide since 2003. Prior to that he founded Elite Laboratories Inc. a company specializing in Oral Drug Delivery Systems and served as Chairman, President and CEO of Elite from 1990 till 2003. Prior to that, he worked at Nortec and at Ayerst Laboratories, (Wyeth and now Pfizer). He received his B.S. degree in Pharmacy with honors from Shivaji University, India; a Master’s in Industrial Pharmacy and a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics from the University of Maryland. He has presented and published several papers and is author or co-author in book chapters. He has been invited to speak in the area of pharmaceutical and controlled-release technology by a number of organizations worldwide. He is an inventor in eighteen U.S. patents and several more applications have been filed. He is a charter member of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists and is a registered pharmacist in the State of Maryland.

Steve Abele serves as the Principal Consultant for Quality by Design, LLC. QbD, LLC provides consulting services in Oral Solid Dosage development and troubleshooting for pharmaceutical, nutritional, and medical food products. During his 37 years performing development for pharmaceutical, nutritional, and medical food products Steve has been a key part of teams at companies such as Glatt Air Techniques, Vector Corporation, Schering-Plough, Merck, and Catalent Pharma Solutions responsible for the development of novel processes for state-of-the-art controlled release products with unique drug delivery properties. Mr. Abele received his BA in Chemistry from the Ithaca College in 1974.

Howard Joseph Stamato is an Associate Director of Drug Product Science and Technology at Bristol-Myers Squibb. He was trained in chemical engineering, earning a B.S. at Johns Hopkins University and an M.S. at the University of Connecticut. His career spans five related industries and includes formulation, processing, equipment and facility design, computer simulation and related information technology. He has seen several programs through the critical steps leading to successful technology transfer and commercialization. Howard has authored or co-authored a book chapter, publications, patents and made many presentations. He is chair-elect of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and serves the Johns Hopkins University Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Advisory Committee. Helping STEM students, adventure sports, and his family consume the rest of his time and energy.

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