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16 September 2008

Russ Somma, Ph.D., president of SommaTech LLC, has been chosen to serve as a member on the editorial advisory board for the new industry website, www.PharmaQbD.com. In this role, Dr. Somma, an expert on the ways Quality by Design (QbD) is changing the pharmaceutical industry, will provide editorial feedback on key issues in QbD....

Quality by Design Expert, Russ Somma, Ph.D., Selected as Editorial Advisory Board Member
for New Industry Website, PharmaQbD.com 

Somerset, NJ; September 16, 2008

Russ Somma, Ph.D., president of SommaTech LLC, has been chosen to serve as a member on the editorial advisory board for the new industry website, www.PharmaQbD.com. In this role, Dr. Somma, an expert on the ways Quality by Design (QbD) is changing the pharmaceutical industry, will provide editorial feedback on key issues in QbD. In addition, he will write articles and participate in webinars to share his knowledge and experience in QbD. The members of the advisory board consist of QbD experts from across the life sciences industry, including leading pharmaceutical companies and academic institutions.

Dr. 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. In addition, Dr. Somma has utilized his technical and managerial talents within cross- and multi-functional teams, mentoring colleagues and direct reports alike, making him an ideal choice as a member of the PharmaQbD.com editorial advisory board.

Launching October 14th, the website was created to help drug industry professionals develop pharmaceuticals with better science and better business in mind. In addition, the site will drive a smarter approach to drug development via a peer-to-peer exchange of best practices and the sharing of information and ideas that will improve the drug development process.

Citing an urgent need for “best practices” in implementing QbD, PharmaQbD.com is advancing these programs, along with leading industry organizations global regulatory agencies. Website content will include feature articles, news, white papers, audio and video content focused on design, control, compliance and continuous improvement.



About Russ Somma, Ph.D. Dr. Russ Somma has been involved in production support, scale-up, technology transfer as well as early and full development activities of pharmaceutical products, which include novel as well as traditional dosage forms. As president of SommaTech, his focus is on pharmaceutical technology and helping clients achieve their FDA regulated product goals for a fast submission, seamless approval as well as assuring a cost effective product and a secure supply chain. Considered a subject matter expert in technology transfer and Quality by Design, Dr. Somma has been a welcomed keynote speaker and presenter at many association meetings and conferences and has written and co-authored numerous technical papers and studies throughout his career. Dr. Somma is the Past Chairman of ISPE’s Product Quality Lifecycle Implementation (PQLI) project, Past Chair of the Professional Certification Commission, CPIP and past chairman of ISPE’s SUPAC Equipment Guidance Steering Committee. Earlier in his career, Dr. Somma was a “Hammer Award” winner, presented by Vice President Al Gore’s Committee for National Performance Review.

About ISPE SommaTech, LLC is a pharmaceutical development technology consulting company focused on providing clients with value-added solutions that speed pharma and biopharma products to market as well as helping clients achieve their business goals. SommaTech assists clients with strategic and tactical implementation to bring products to peak sales rapidly and fully realize the potential of the product’s life cycle. Located in Somerset, New Jersey, SommaTech has over 21 successful NDAs and more than 50 product and product assessments. For more information, visit www.sommatechconsulting.com