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Formulation Scientist

at Tunnell Consulting

Posted: 6/21/2019
Job Reference #: 9187
Keywords: chemical

Job Description

Product/Manufacturing Process:  the product is a special type of patch.  It is composed of polymeric microneedles that are once coated with an API that is dissolved in a liquid solution. The overall process is essentially a one time dipping of 10 to 15 microneedles in an API solution. The API is completely dissolved. It is not a micro suspension. This is done in a sterile atmosphere.  They need to ensure content uniformity and potency. The patch is then punched under the skin with a pen. It remains under the skin for 10 minutes or so, enough time for the drug to be delivered and is then removed. The therapeutic application is for a specific form of osteoporosis.


Their goal is to have the product ready for commercial production in June. There is a lot of work to be done between now and then.  They need to scale up the process.

Responsibilities:  the responsibilities are of two kinds. The main one is to play the role of technical lead, overseeing the product, process and analytical method development, scale-up and transfer effort. The other responsibility is to perform as a project manager. This requires good interpersonal skills


Skill set requirements:

-strong product development, scale-up, tech transfer background of drug products

-Expertise with complex oral solid dosage forms, especially coating processes. Expertise with patches is not needed as this is not a traditional transdermal patch.

-Project management experience



-Preferably a PhD in pharmaceutical sciences or chemical engineering or mechanical engineering or polymer sciences

-Master’s degree will also be considered with appropriate work experience