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SCIENTIST SPOTLIGHT: November 2019

Name: Norman Chieng, PhDNorman SS

Alcami Site: Charleston, SC 

What is your role? 
I am a senior scientist in formulations and development. My role is to develop, formulate, and transfer the science and technology for the formulation and process into our cGMP manufacturing space. 

How long have you been with Alcami?
I have been with Alcami since March of 2019.

What is the most rewarding part of your job? 
The most rewarding part of my job is applying the fundamental science behind drug design. At Alcami, we are helping improve the quality of patients’ lives by taking a client’s product and developing a way to formulate and deliver it.

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What are your team’s latest achievements?
My team is currently helping one client take their product into clinical phase I studies. This particular product requires a lyophilized presentation. We recently, through significant characterization of the formulation system’s physiochemical properties, designed an optimized lyophilization cycle. The freeze-dried product has shown promising attributes, including improved stability. This means patients are one step closer to receiving this potentially life-saving treatment.

How do you see those accomplishments affecting the pharmaceutical and biotech industries?
If, ultimately, our clients are successful in their clinical trials, we will play an important role helping them bring their therapies to the global market. This starts with helping them design a successful drug, and culminates in providing a CMC strategy that supports rapid approval.

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