Prof Thomas De Beer

Graduated in pharmaceutical sciences in 2002 at the Ghent University in Belgium. He obtained his PhD at the same university in 2007. For his PhD research, he examined the suitability of Raman spectroscopy as a Process Analytical Technology tool for pharmaceutical production processes. Within his PhD research period, he worked four months at University of Copenhagen in Denmark, Department of Pharmaceutics and Analytical Chemistry (Prof. Jukka Rantanen). After his PhD, he was an FWO funded post-doctoral fellow at the Ghent University (2007-2010).

Within his post-doc mandate, he worked 9 months at the Department of Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Technology and Biopharmaceutics from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany (Prof. Winter and Prof. Frieβ). In February 2010, he became professor in Process Analytics & Technology at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences from the university of Ghent.

His research goals include bringing innovation pharmaceutical production processes (freeze-drying, hot-melt extrusion, continuous from-powder-to-tablet processing etc.). More specifically, Prof. De Beer contributes to the development of continuous manufacturing processes for drug products such as solids, semi-solids, liquids and biologicals (continuous freeze-drying of unit doses). Thomas De Beer is also director of Ghent University’s Center of Excellence in Sustainable Pharmaceutical Engineering (CESPE) which is founded in 201.

Dr César Díez

Holding a degree and PhD in Materials Science from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, César focused his doctorate thesis on the obtaining of functional materials for sensors and cell proliferation. He worked at the Materials Research Institute of Barcelona (ICMAB) as European Project Manager deeply involved in Nanomedicine projects. Over the past 3 years, he has been working at Reig Jofre Group, and is currently the Technology Transfer Manager at the headquarters in Barcelona.

His work is focused on the transfer and validation of the different pharmaceutical products in and out the manufacturing site of RJ (Barcelona). Currently, he is part of the teaching staff of the “Master de Industria farmacéutica y parafarmacéutica” of CESIF.

Dr José Manuel Amigo

He obtained his PhD (Cum Laude) in Chemistry from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain. Since 2007 he has been employed at the Department of Food Science of the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, as Associate Professor. During 2017 he is, at the same time, Guest Professor of the Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil.

Current research interests include hyperspectral and digital image analysis. He has authored more than 160 publications (110+ peer-reviewed papers, books, book chapters, proceedings, etc.) and given more than 60 conferences and courses at international meetings. Jose has supervised or is currently supervising several Masters, Post Docs and PhD students and he is an editorial board member of four scientific journals within chemometrics, pharmaceutical sciences and analytical chemistry. Moreover, he received the “2014 Chemometrics and Intelligent Laboratory Systems Award” for his achievements in the field of chemometrics.

Dr Raffaele Vitale

Graduated in Analytical Chemistry in 2011 (La Sapienza – Università di Roma, Italy) and obtained his Ph.D. title in Statistics and Optimization in 2017 (Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain) with a thesis entitled "Novel chemometric proposals for advanced multivariate data analysis, processing and interpretation". He has been active for 6 years in academia and he is currently working as Postdoctoral Associate at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium in the framework of the ADGut project, which is aimed at mapping the gut microbiome by single-molecule fluorescence microscopy for the investigation of the developmental mechanisms of Alzheimer’s disease. He has collaborated and still collaborates with different universities, research institutions and companies in Italy, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Brazil and Norway.

At the present time, Raffaele is author of 16 peer-reviewed publications, has attended as speaker or poster presenter more than 30 international conferences mainly focused on statistics and chemometrics and has been awarded the Best Italian Master’s Thesis in Analytical Chemistry prize in 2012, the International Association of Spectral Imaging student prize in 2016 and the V Siemens Process Analytics Prize for Young Scientist in 2017.

Dr Agnieszka Smolinska

Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, NUTRIM School of Nutrition and Translational Research in Metabolism, Faculty of Health Medicine and Life Sciences (FHML), Maastricht University, The Netherlands.

Dr. Smolinska studied chemistry at the Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry of the Silesian University in Katowice, Poland. She obtained her PhD in 2012 at Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, where she was working in the metabolomics and proteomics biomarker discovery research field. In particular, she carried out several studies in neurological disorders using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Mass Spectrometry in combination with sophisticated machine learning and biostatistic tools. In 2012, directly after her PhD, she moved as postdoctoral researcher to Pharmacology and Toxicology department in Maastricht, the Netherlands. As the researcher at Maastricht University she extended her knowledge towards metabolomics of exhaled air in clinical applications of various disease and its relation to gut microbiome and metabolism. In 2015 she received Niels Stensen Fellowship from Dutch organization to conduct her research at Dartmouth College in Hanover, USA for period of one year. Since 2017 as appointed assistant professor, she has been working on her personal grant focusing on the early detection of rare liver disease, Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis.

She is in the board of Dutch chemometrics society (role: treasurer). She is teaching and co-coordinating in Bachelor and Master educational programs in Molecular Life Sciences and supervised four PhD students. She published 40 papers in peer-reviewed journals (H-index is 17).  Her main areas of research interests are biomarker discovery, metabolomics, diagnostic tool and advance machine learning and biostatistics in clinical applications.