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Pharmaceutical Development Scientist Expert Witness

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Pharmaceutical Scientist, Pharmaceutical Consultant, Hatch Waxman, Pharmaceutical patent litigation, CMC Development issues, Preformulation, Pharmaceutics, GMP Operations, Polymorph, Formulation Development, Drug Delivery, Due Diligence, IND NDA, SOPs

  • Pharmaceutical Development Scientist, Expert Witness and Consultant having more than 30 years experience.
  • Consultant to 16 clients including Big, Medium and Virtual Pharma Companies, Academia and US Government.  Projects included Project/Product Development
  • Management; Preformulation Support; Author and Reviewer of Chemical Development, Pharmaceutical Development, and Process Validation Reports, CMC Sections of INDs, NDAs and CTD.
  • Expert Witness for US and Canadian Pharma Companies and Law Firms in pharmaceutical formulation patent litigation, in-licensing due diligence, and civil suit involving commissions and technology.
  • Pharmaceutical Development Scientist/Manager for 20 years for Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies in Preformulation support, anticipating needs; solving problems; advancing projects, regulatory filings and departmental capabilities; supporting and interacting with internal departments and extramural vendors; keeping projects and filings on schedule.
  • Pilot Plant Operations Manager for 4 years for a new, novel Drug Delivery and Medical Device Company, responsible for all services and establishing cGMP mindset.
  • Core specialties include CMC Development issues, Preformulation, Physical-Pharmacy, Analytics, cGMP Operations, Project Planning and Management.
  • Overall Experience has resulted in highly developed management and writing skills; extremely wide range of direct and indirect product development experiences in multi-national large, medium, small and virtual Pharma companies.
  • Author of 15 published Manuscripts, 12 Meeting Abstracts, 18 Invited Symposia, Seminars and Courses, and 5 Articles in Pharmaceutical Magazines.


2002 – Present
Principal / President 2002 – present .

FAC Consulting, Inc., Pharmaceutical Consultants,  1996 -1997
Vice President 1996-1997.
Established FA Chrzanowski, Inc. in 2002 and FAC Consulting Inc. in 1996.
Served as an Expert Witness for Canadian and USA Pharmaceutical Companies and Law Firms for dosage form patent litigation, and technology review.
Served as a Consultant to Big, Medium and Virtual Pharma Companies, Universities and US government (NIH) for Pharmaceutical Development Issues in the Preformulation and Chemistry, Manufacturing and Control (CMC) Areas.

Managed CRO development of 3 products, a solid dosage form for non oral delivery;  a sterile biological hormone, human origin; and an iontophoretic delivery system; for virtual company over 16 month period, >$6 Mil budget each.  Pre-clinical support through Phase III CTM/Registration
Batches of Drug Product.  Developed budgeting models.  Authored issues free IND CMC.
Authored or critically reviewed all of Analytical Development Department Reports to support NDA filing for novel amoxicillin dosage form.
Reviewed Corporation’s Analytical Methods Validation Reports for compliance to ICH Guidelines and internal SOPs.
Provided critical/feasibility assessments of APIs/NCEs for pulsatile, ER and IR applications; data,projects, presentations, personnel and facilities.  Wrote Pharmaceutical Development Reports and Analytical Development Reports for regulatory submissions.
Authored Project Summaries, SOPs and IQOQ Protocols for R&D projects and facilities.
Provided cGMP training for clinical supplies manufacturing course.
PEPCID ACâ famotidine Gelcap: Authored NDA CMC Analytical Section (95 pp).  Critically and reviewed preliminary Analytical Methods Validation Report.  Identified and resolved problems, errors and inconsistencies, and recommended and applied successful solutions.  Also authored every CMC supportive report document such as Methods Development History, Methods Validation (90 pp), and Dissolution Method Rationale.  Assignment completed on time in 5 months free of regulatory issues.
Published three articles related to Preformulation: Vendor-client mismatched SOPs, utility of SOPs in the Preformulation Laboratory, and the current state of Preformulation.


THERICS, Inc.    1997 – 2001
Founding Pilot Plant Laboratory (PPL) Operations Manager, for novel 3D-Printing Drug Delivery and Medical Device Development Company.  Furnished/maintained 4200 sq. ft. PPL with equipment, SOPs, APIs, excipients, intra- and extra- mural services.  Established cGMP mind set and compliance; provided training and facilities for production of pre-clinical, clinical, stability, regulatory and R&D batches.  Responsible for sourcing and purchasing vendor services, packaging and gamma irradiation.  Managed Documentation, Technical Writing, and PPL Operations.
Assistant Director for Pilot Plant Laboratory Operations 1999 – 2001
Manager, Pilot Plant Operations 1997 – 1999
Managed $250,000 annual PPL budget.
Authored over 60 SOPs, developed Documentation Management Systems, provided SOP and GMP training to R&D and Engineering Departments.
Created/maintained electronic inventory systems for raw materials and finished products, and electronic intranet homepage for SOPs, forms, abstracts and proposals.
Responsible for sourcing raw materials, disposables, equipment, contract services, preventive maintenance (PM), calibration, packaging and gamma sterilization.
DEA and NJ Controlled Drug Substance Registrant for Researcher Schedules I to V.
Wrote protocols, project development plans, feasibility reports, and proposal critiques.
Consultant member to all project teams.  Provided regulatory guidance on GMP issues.

Research Manager, Physical Pharmacy, 1991 – 1996
Group Leader, Physical Pharmacy, 1989 – 1990

Group Leader, Physical Pharmacy 1986 – 1988
Principal Scientist, Basic Pharmaceutics Section 1980 – 1986
Senior Scientist/Research Scientist, Basic Pharmaceutics Section 1976 – 1979
Member of multiple Lead Compound Project Development Teams and Task Forces
Managed Section, 3 Ph.D level supervisors, 6 B.S, Chemists/Analysts and 2 Technicians divided among Preformulation, Batch Materials Characterization, and Dissolution Laboratory Groups that provided to all of R&D from Discovery through Commercialization and post-Approval Stages.
Providing Dissolution data for formulation development support, scale up and tech transfer, clinical supplies, packaging and stability studies in timely fashion.
Providing relevant data and experimental studies to ensure an accurate, timely  and complete understanding of the physical-chemical properties NCEs, Remediation of problematic properties of NCEs, Evaluation and feasibility of novel processes and products,
Timely reports and documents for IND/NDA regulatory submissions,To facilitate rapid product commercialization of small molecule NCEs.
Managed Section’s integration from the Pharmaceutical Dev Dept into the Analytical Dev Dept.
Method Development – Developed, validated and published model methods for evaluation/selection of final salt and polymorphic forms of lead NCEs for formulation, clinical and commercial development.  Co-developed with Chem. Dev. Dept., a systematic method for assuring/demonstrating polymorphic control of final commercial recrystallization method for NCEs that was utilized in NDA CMC submissions for tramadol HCl, perindopril erbumine, and topiramate.
Maintained cGMP compliant laboratories by developing and training staff, establishing SOPs for preformulation activities; developing expertise within staff, rational development and validation of dissolution methods; evaluation and incorporation of new methodologies, and delegating to
responsible staff members.
Developed 3 user-friendly computerized physical-chemical property databases that provided instant and complete information and references to R&D colleagues and facilitated completion of reports and regulatory submissions.
Developed dissolution methods for immediate (IR), controlled (CR), sustained (SR), extended (ER) dosage forms and topical drug delivery systems (TDDS).
Wrote / reviewed Numbered Reports and Pharm. Dev. CMC Sections for IND and NDA submissions for 5 NCEs and 6 API supplier or commercial synthesis procedure changes.  Set/reviewed/authorized changes to specifications for particle size and dissolution, polymorphic form and responded to regulatory questions.
Determined and published reliable experimental pKa and log P values for intramural structure SAR by CVS, CNS, Endocrine and NSAID Medicinal-Chemistry and Pharmacology Discovery Teams that led to the discovery and selection of lead NCEs.
Determined NCE solubilities to support/create novel preclinical and clinical delivery systems for animal safety, animal and human Bioavailability (BA), Metabolism and Pharmacokinetic studies. Delivery systems included drug laden oil/water i.v. emulsion, in situ solubilization, and softgel
delivery systems for practically insoluble NCEs.
Supported line extensions by developing less soluble salt forms of haloperidol for i.m. administration and linogliride oral extended release; highly (5000 x more) soluble salts of zomepirac for i.m administration; and log P- SAR models for selection of an optimal form of an API for transdermal delivery.
Initiated the in house use X-ray Powder Diffraction (XRD) for qualitative/quantitative polymorphic analyses of every new batch of each NCE in development from project initiation to commercialization, to identify, study, or control polymorphic form (pedigree) and quantitation of
identified forms where when necessary.  Work led to several published manuscripts.
Developed and published methods for studying corrosivity and filming of APIs, API-excipient compatibilities.
Developed an apparatus and method for determination of the vapor pressures of NCE solids.
Apparatus was constructed from available laboratory equipment (Nitrogen gas, flow meter, tubing, water bath and sample holder).


Ph.D.  Pharmaceutics, 1975    M.Sc.  Pharmaceutics, 1972    B.Sc. Pharmacy, 1968


Pharmacist (R.Ph.) New Jersey, 1970 – present
Pharmacist (R.Ph.) Florida, 2010 – present
Immunizing Pharmacist New Jersey 2010 – present


Adjunct Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Department
Supervised on site MS thesis research of two University Graduate Students at the RW Johnson
Pharmaceutical Institute.  Their work led to an enhanced understanding of (1) model systems used
for solubilization of an NCE and (2) the formation of insoluble salt forms for creating controlled
release dosage forms.  Work led to publication of a manuscript and an abstract.

Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Department
Taught undergraduate Pharmaceutics and Sterile Products courses, both with Laboratory.
Developed Pharmaceutics Laboratory program that utilized close circuit TV demonstrations and
laboratory operations to optimize efficient use of facilities and enhance student understanding of
compounding processes.

Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutics
Taught undergraduate Pharmaceutics, Pharmaceutics Laboratory and Pharmaceutical Calculations


American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS)
Charter Member, 1986 – Present.
Pharmaceutical Technologies (PT) Section:  Past-Chair, Chair, Chair-Elect, and Vice Chair,

1997-2000; and Secretary-Treasurer, 1991 – 1996.

AAPS Membership Committee, 1986 1989, Chairman 1988 – 1989.
Philadelphia Pharmaceutical Forum (PPF), 1986 – 2010.
American Pharmacists Association (APhA)
Industrial Pharmaceutical Technology (IPT) Section, 1974 – 1986.
Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science (APRS), 1993 - 2010.
Philadelphia Discussion Group (PDG)/Philadelphia Pharmaceutical Forum (PPF), College Seminar

Program Speaker, 1983 – 1989.

Johnson & Johnson Corporate Drug Delivery Subcommittee
Annual Symposium Co-chair, 1988 – 1994.
Contract Pharma Advisory Committee
Moderator at Annual Contracting and Outsourcing Conferences, 2007 – present.


National Institutes of Health (NIH)
FY 2006 NIAID Peer Review and Advisory Committee Member, National Institute of Allergy and
Infectious Disease (NAAID)
Journal Manuscript Reviewer
PharmSci Tech, 2002 – 2003 and 2007 – present.
Drug Dev Ind Tech, 2007 - present.
J Pharm Sci, 1984 -1992, and 2002 – 2003.


Facilitating Small Molecule Dosage Form Development Using Solubility Adjustment, Seminar
University of Florida Pharmaceutics Dept, 2012-Jan, Gainesville, (FL).
Pharmaceutics 101: Determining the Physical-Chemical properties of an NCE and Resolving
Problems in Supporting Dosage Form Development, Seminar, University of Northern Florida,
Chemistry Dept, 2011 Sept, Jacksonville, (FL).
Preformulation Considerations for Dosage Form Development, Visiting Scientist Seminar University
of Florida Pharmaceutics Dept, 2009 Oct, Gainesville (FL).
Preformulation Considerations for Controlled Release Drugs Including Selecting Candidates,
Conference, 41st Annual Pharmaceutical Technologies Arden Conference - Oral Controlled
Development and Technology, American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists Pharmaceutical
Technology Section: 2006 Jan, West Point (NY).
How to Contract Effectively with Clients, Round Table, American Association of Pharmaceutical
Scientists Annual Meeting; 2005 Nov, Nashville (TN).
Preformulation Characterization of Drug Substances for Dosage Form Development, A module in
Formulation & Process Development for Oral Solid Dosage Forms Training Course,
PTI-International;  2004 April, Princeton (NJ).
Complying with GMPs for Clinical Manufacturing, Training Course, Pharmaceutical Training
Presentations: 2002 Washington (DC), Raleigh (NC); 2004 Raleigh (NC), Boston (MA), Washington
(DC) and San Juan (PR).
Preformulation Characterization of a Poorly Soluble Retinide, Symposium, American Association of
Pharmaceutical Scientists Annual Eastern Regional Meeting; 1996 Jun, New Brunswick (NJ), and
University of Florida Pharmaceutics Dept, 2009 Oct, Gainesville (FL).
Application of Crystallographic Data to the Manufacture of Drug Substance and Drug Product,
Symposium, American Crystallographic Association Annual Meeting; 1995 Jul, Montreal (Canada).
Non-Classical Approach to Preformulation, Workshop, 29th Annual Arden House Conference,
American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists Pharmaceutical Technologies Section; 1994
Jan, Harriman (NY).
Practical Aspects of Physical Characterization Techniques, Symposium, University of Wisconsin,
35th Annual International Industrial Pharmaceutical Research Conference (Land-O-Lakes), 1993
Jun, Merrimac (WI).
Preformulation Characterization of Drug Substance Forms for Parenteral Product Development,
Symposium, Parenteral Drug Association, Annual Meeting and Exhibition; 1992 Mar, Philadelphia
Preformulation Studies in Pharmaceutical Development, Lecture, Temple University College of
Pharmacy, Industrial Pharmacy Elective Course; given annually 1989 through 1994, Philadelphia
Preformulation Characterization of Solid-State Drug Substance Forms for Drug Product
Development, Symposium, Pharmaceutical Technology, Annual Spring Conference, 1989 Apr, New
York (NY).
Preformulation Excipient Compatibility Testing, Seminar, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and
Science; 1985 Sep, Philadelphia (PA); and University of Cincinnati; 1986 Apr, Cincinnati (OH).
The Automated Pharmaceutical Development Laboratory, Symposium, 25th Annual Eastern
Regional Industrial Pharmaceutical Technology Meeting; 1985 Nov, King of Prussia (PA).
X-ray Diffraction as a Product Development Tool, Seminar, North Jersey Pharmaceutical Research
Discussion Group; 1984 Feb; and Rutgers College of Pharmacy; 1984 Mar, New Brunswick (NJ).
Qualitative and Quantitative X-ray Diffraction, Seminar, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and
Science; 1983 Mar, Philadelphia (PA).


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