Russ Somma, Director, IPS, has been appointed to the ISPE Professional Certification Commission (PCC). Charged with developing certification programs for the pharmaceutical industry, the PCC is a governing body of ISPE, a global not-for-profit society of pharmaceutical manufacturing professionals...
Russ Somma, Ph. D. Appointed to ISPE Professional Certification Commission
Russ Somma, Director, IPS, has been appointed to the ISPE Professional Certification Commission (PCC). Charged with developing certification programs for the pharmaceutical industry, the PCC is a governing body of ISPE, a global not-for-profit society of pharmaceutical manufacturing professionals. Somma is one of 14 Commissioners representing the global pharmaceutical industry.
Somma has more than 30 years of experience working in the pharmaceutical industry, specifically in the areas of production troubleshooting, dosage form development, manufacturing scale up, technology transfer and project management. He has a particular technical interest in the area of solid dosage forms and the physical pharmacy associated with them. Somma has utilized his technical and managerial talents within cross- and multi-functional teams, mentoring colleagues and direct reports alike. He has had direct responsibility for senior staff, both domestically and internationally, as well as technical development and life cycle management support for a variety of oral solid dosage formulations and therapeutic groups. Additionally, he has served as an invited investigator trainer and liaison for the FDA on various projects and initiatives, affording a unique perspective within pharmaceutical regulatory affairs.
At IPS, Somma’s focus is on pharmaceutical technology and helping clients achieve their FDA regulated product goals for a fast submission and seamless approval, as well as assuring a cost effective product and secure supply chain. He has a strong background in implementation of SUPAC IR/MR equipment guidance with society associates and colleagues within FDA/CDER, and will work to share his expertise with IPS’ clients.
About the ISPE Professional Certification Commission
The ISPE Professional Certification Commission (PCC), a governing body within ISPE, was established to create certification programs to benefit credential holders and their employers, as well as government, academia and the public health product consumer. The PCC is composed of 14 Commissioners: senior-level industry professionals representing Australia, Japan, The Netherlands, North America, and the United Kingdom, as well as academia, the US FDA, and the general public. Visit www.ispe-pcc.org for additional certification program information.
ISPE is the Society of choice for more than 22,000 pharmaceutical manufacturing professionals in 80 countries. ISPE aims to be the catalyst for “Engineering Pharmaceutical Innovation” by providing Members with opportunities to develop technical knowledge, exchange practical experience, and collaborate with global regulatory agencies. Founded in 1980, ISPE has worldwide headquarters in Tampa, Florida; an Asia Pacific office in Singapore; a European office in Brussels, Belgium; and Affiliates and Chapters in 19 countries around the world. Visit www.ispe.org for additional Society news and information.