Virpax Pharmaceuticals Enlists Leading Expert for Development of Pain Management Injectable

Virpax Pharmaceuticals

BERWYN, PAVirpax® Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRPX) announced that it has engaged Dr. Pardeep Gupta, a leading expert in liposomal drug delivery and nanotechnology, to support the development of Probudur, Virpax’s proprietary patented long-acting injectable liposomal bupivacaine for postoperative pain management. Dr. Gupta’s involvement is expected to include advising on chemistry, manufacturing and controls (CMC), technology transfer and buildout required for commercialization of Probudur.

Pardeep Gupta, Ph.D., currently serves as Professor, Burroughs Wellcome Chair, Director Industrial Pharmacy Laboratory at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Dr. Gupta spent over 30 years at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in controlled drug delivery systems, pharmaceutical solutions, drug stability, drug diffusion and pharmaceutical rate processes. His academic research over this time has focused on the delivery of proteins and poorly soluble drugs. Among the current projects in his laboratory are studies in the area of nanoparticle-based protein delivery systems, use of amphiphilic peptides as stabilizers of nanosuspensions, and design of peptide drugs.

Dr. Gupta has served on the editorial board of Remington-The Science and Practice of Pharmacy and has also authored several chapters in Remington and other reference books. He received his doctorate degree in pharmaceutics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

“We are very fortunate to have Pardeep join our team in the development of Probudur. He is a world-renowned expert in liposomal delivery and nanotechnology. As we move forward in assembling our IND package for our lead product candidate Probudur, it was critical for us to have someone with Dr. Gupta’s expertise and knowledge advise on everything from the IND submission to commercial manufacturing. We welcome Dr. Gupta to the team and look forward to his many contributions,” stated Anthony P. Mack, Chairman and CEO of Virpax.

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