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Webinar Series

Advances in Drug Discovery from
Hit to Candidate Webinar

• Next Gen Computational & AI Approaches
• Small Molecules, Big Advances: Early to Late Lead Op
• Modern Biologics: Antibodies & Cell Therapies
• Advanced Preclinical & Translational Animal Models

Join us at this virtual conference to learn about new insights and advances that are accelerating drug discovery—from hit to candidate—for small molecules and biologics. Promising hits often have development challenges that require innovative solutions to reach the key milestone of declaring a candidate.


The live webinar format will have one speaker per week, followed by an interactive Q&A session with a global audience.


Upcoming Events

April 14th

9:00am PDT

Dr. Spandan Chennamadhavuni,

Staff Scientist at Emory University
Novel Macrocyclic Drugs for cancer Treatment – Exploring “beyond rule-of-five (bRo5)” chemical space

April 28th

9:00am PDT

Dr. Nicholas A. Meanwell,

Vice President, Head Discovery Chemistry Platforms Department of Small Molecule Drug Discovery at Bristol Myers Squibb
The Discovery of the HIV-1 Attachment Inhibitor Fostemsavir




Next Gen Computational & AI Approaches Small Molecules, Big Advances: Early to Late Lead Op Modern Biologics: Antibodies & Cell Therapies Advanced Preclinical & Translational Animal Models
Modeling approaches and in silico systems used to shorten discovery timelines and reduce cost Modern technologies and synthetic methodologies to accelerate the H2L and LO phases of drug discovery Includes the growing impact of biologics, current challenges and innovative technologies Innovative approaches to better assess PK, efficacy and safety closer to clinical settings

Dr. Apurba K Bhattacharjee, Georgetown University Medical Center, Georgetown University(More Info)
Pharmacophore modeling for potential drug discovery – October 14th, 2020
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Dr. Evan Feinberg, Genesis Therapeutics(More Info)
Unifying AI and biotech to accelerate and optimize drug discovery & development – November 11th, 2020

Dr. Zachary Sun, Tierra Biosciences(More Info)
Cell-free synthetic biology for high-throughput, custom protein production -December 16th, 2020

Dr. Ana Cristina Puhl RubioCollaborations Pharmaceuticals(More Info)
COVID-19 Drug Discovery at Collaborations Pharmaceuticals – March 3rd, 2021
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Dr. Spandan Chennamadhavuni, Emory University(More Info)
Novel Macrocyclic Drugs for cancer Treatment – Exploring “beyond rule-of-five (bRo5)” chemical space – October 21st, 2020
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Dr. Justin Hall, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals(More Info)
A simple model for determining ligand affinity from irreversible thermal shifts – October 28st, 2020
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Dr. Lewis D. Pennington, Alkermes(More Info)
Leveraging the Necessary Nitrogen Atom for Multiparameter Optimization in Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery – Nov 18th, 2020
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Dr. Surya K. De, Supra Sciences(More Info)
Drug Discovery Hit to Lead – Inhibitors of PI-3K/AKT/mTOR Pathway – January 13th, 2021
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Dr. Vincent Jacques, DeuteRx, LLC(More Info)
Deuterium in drug discovery and development – February 10th, 2021
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Dr. Apurba Dutta, University of Kansas(More Info)
Cytotoxic Marine Natural Product Jaspine B: A Medicinal Chemical Investigation – April 14th, 2021

Dr. Nicholas A. Meanwell, Bristol Myers Squibb(More Info)
The Discovery of the HIV-1 Attachment Inhibitor Fostemsavir – April 28th, 2021

Dr. Lore Gruenbaum, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (More Info)
Antibody and Cell Therapies in blood cancer: successes & challenges – December 2nd, 2020
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Dr. Haizhen Liu, BioAtla(More Info)
Novel Conditional Active Bispecific T Cell Engagers Targeting Solid Tumors – January 20th, 2021

Dr. Uriel Moreno, Stanford University(More Info)
Plasticity of Human Natural Killer Cells in the Tumor Microenvironment -March 17th, 2021
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Dr. Jeffrey Leyton, Université de Sherbrooke (More Info)
Journey to the Center of the Cell: Reprogramming Intracellular Transport to the Nucleus Enhances Tumor Killing for Antibodies Conjugated to Nuclear-Active Payloads – February 24th, 2021
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Dr. Yurong Lai , Gilead Sciences(More Info)
Model informed compound selection in drug discovery: The Why and How – November 4th, 2020
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Dr. Kin-Hoe Chow, Dana Farber Institute(More Info)
Creation of patient derived cancer models at scale leverages patient diversity for improved clinical trials predictions – December 9th, 2020

Accelerated Development: Fast path to the clinic Discovery & preclinical approaches that enable rapid development

Dr. Daniel Treffer, Melt Prep (More Info)
Rapid and lossless prototyping of HME formulations in the milligram to gram scale via Vacuum Compression Molding – June 30th

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Dr. Chad Brown, Merck (More Info)
Hot Melt Extrusion as a Key Enabler of Developing Products of Low Solubility Compounds – June 2nd


Dr. Xiaohu Deng, Viracta (More Info)
Phase-appropriate CMC Strategies in Drug Product Development – July 14th

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Chandra Kelley, Pfanstiehl (More Info)
Key Considerations in Accelerating Biopharma Formulation Development – August 11th

Seth Forster, Merck (More Info)
Long-Acting Implants: Design for Durable Drug Delivery – August 4th

Dr. John Shelley, Schrodinger (More Info)
Formulation Development for Small Molecules and Biologics Enhancements with Molecular Modeling – July 28th

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Dr. Andrea Browning, Schrodinger (More Info)
Formulation Development for Small Molecules and Biologics Enhancements with Molecular Modeling – July 28th

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Dr. Raimar Löbenberg, University of Alberta (More Info)
Presentation title coming soon – Date TBD

Enhanced Bioavailability Approaches that enhance solubility of challenging API to enable clinically viable formulations

Dr. Harsh Chauhan, Creighton University (More Info)
Formulation Considerations for development of Ternary Solid Dispersions – June 23rd

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Dr. Dedong Wu, Astrazeneca (More Info)
Improving Bioavailability by Prodrug Approach – September 1st

Dr. Feng Zhang, UT Austin (More Info)
Hot-melt extrusion to prepare amorphous solid dispersions: key concepts and common misperceptions – July 7th

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Dr. Mo Maniruzzaman, UT Austin (More Info)
3D printing and state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques to advance drug delivery – Date TBD

Dr. Yi-Ling Hsieh, AbbVie (More Info)
Lipid-Based Formulation – The Impact on Biopharmaceutics and Patient Centricity – July 21st

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Dr. Abu Serajuddin, St. John’s University (More Info)
Development of HPMCAS-based amorphous solid dispersions by melt extrusion 21st – Date TBD

Continuous Processing Topics covered will include uses of technologies such as: amorphous solid dispersion, continuous granulation, coating and extrusion

Dr. Michael Thompson, McMaster University (More Info)
Developments in Twin-Screw Granulation – May 26th
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Andy Birkmire, GEA (More Info)
Successful Strategies for Developing a Continuous Manufacturing Process – June 9th
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Jim Marjeram, O’Hara (More Info)
Advantages of Continuous Tablet Coating – September 8th

Oral Delivery Innovative approaches to address oral delivery of biologics, including: proteins, peptides, nucleic acids, and beyond

Dr. John Vrettos, Enteris BioPharma (More Info)
Breaking Through the Barriers of Oral Biologics – June 16th
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Dr. Stephen Hoag, University of Maryland (More Info)
Presentation title coming soon – Date TBD


David Preston
David Preston


David Preston has had 38 years of healthcare experience with publicly – Traded and Private companies in the fields of Pharmaceutical’s, Animal Health and Biotechnology as a Board Member. The last 30 years of his experience has been in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong building successful high growth businesses. David Has been Chairman and CEO for Greater China for Sanofi and Boehringer – Ingelheim as well as the Janssen Corporation since 1991 in China. During this time he build high Growth businesses in China through diversified strategies in Innovative Pharmaceuticals, branded Generics, Biotechnology, and Animal Healthcare.

Key highlights in this period included building of the first Western Multinational Biotechnology C.M.O. facility as well as obtaining the first Test C.M.O.[ MAH] license. Establishment of a number of High tech Vaccine Plants, and R and D facilities in in the field of Animal Health. Signing and development of numerous JV’s as well as Wholly owned  Subsidiaries, Mergers and Acquisitions across Pharmaceutical’s, Animal Health, and Biotechnology industries.


David’s achievement’s in the Healthcare industry and it Growth and development in China is widely recognized By the Chinese Government and the City of Shanghai. In 2013 he was awarded the Silver Magnolia followed in 2015 the Gold Magnolia award. This was then followed by being awarded in 2017 the Honorary Citizen of Shanghai by 40th People’s Municipal Congress of Shanghai. David Holds a Business Science Degree .

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Filippo de Vecchi

Director, Advent Partner

Filippo de Vecchi joined Advent in February 2000. He started in the Advent São Paulo office, then moved to Milan in 2002, in 2012 set up the Advent office in Shanghai and in 2016 set up the Hong Kong office. Before joining Advent, he was a senior consultant with Value Partners, in São Paulo and Milan, focusing on strategy and organization in the automotive, energy, cable and media sectors. He began his career at Wasserstein Perella & Co., working as an analyst in the Mergers and Acquisitions department in London and New York. Filippo holds an undergraduate degree cum laude in Economics, with a major in Business Administration, from the LUISS University and an MBA from Columbia Business School, where he currently serves as a member of the Board of Overseers.

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Andrew Li
Andrew Li

Director, Advent Partner

Andrew Li joined Advent in 2012. He previously worked at Warburg Pincus, HSBC PE, Solera Capital and Credit Suisse where he focused on the retail and consumer, healthcare, industrial, and energy sectors. Andrew has worked in finance and private equity throughout the U.S. and China since 1999. Andrew holds a BA from Middlebury College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Michael Miltenberger
Michael Miltenberger

Director, Advent Partner

Michael Miltenberger joined Advent in 2011 as an associate on the healthcare team. Following business school, he rejoined Advent’s Boston office, focusing on healthcare investments. Prior to Advent, Michael was a consultant at McKinsey & Company in their Washington DC office, serving a range of healthcare and private equity clients. Michael earned a BA, cum laude, from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School, graduating with High Distinction as a Baker Scholar and a Harvey Fellow.

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Masood Tayebi, PhD

Director, Operating Partner

Dr. Masood Tayebi is the Founder of BioDuro. He currently serves as CEO of a nationwide real estate portfolio and is a Partner and Chief Executive Officer of the Bridgewest Group. Prior to BioDuro, Dr. Tayebi was Co-Founder and Chairman of Wireless Facilities, Inc. (NASDAQ: WFI), a global leader in telecommunications outsourcing.

  • Co-Founder of Wireless Facilities, Inc.
  • Co-Founder of BioAtla, LLC
  • Recipient of the Ernst and Young 2000 Entrepreneur of the Year award in San Diego

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Kewen Jin
Kewen Jin, PhD

Director, Operating Partner

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Amit patel
Amit Patel

Director, Operating Partner

Amit Patel has twenty years of healthcare industry experience with publicly-traded, private equity-backed, and start-up companies in the capacity of executive, board member, advisor, and investor.  He is currently Executive Chairman of Azurity Pharmaceuticals (a NovaQuest Capital Management portfolio company) and a board member at BioDuro (Advent International portfolio company), Tergus Pharma (Great Point Partners portfolio company) and Calyptus Pharma.  Recently, Amit was SVP & President of Dosage Form Solutions at Capsugel, a KKR portfolio company (purchased from Pfizer in 2011 and sold to Lonza in 2017).

Prior to Capsugel, he worked at Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Inc. as EVP & Head of North America, and SVP & Head of Global Corporate Development & Strategic Planning. Earlier, Amit was VP of Corporate Development at CTIS, Inc., and Co-founder & CEO of MedOnTime, Inc. (acquired by CTIS).  He started his career as a strategy consultant with Marakon Associates. Amit holds an M.B.A. degree from Harvard Business School, a B.S. degree in Economics from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A.S. degree in Systems Engineering from the Moore School of Engineering, University of Pennsylvania

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Haijun Dong

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Haijun Dong currently serves as global CEO of BioDuro-Sundia. He previously was CEO for over 5 years at PharmaBlock Sciences Inc., a public company listed in the Shenzhen Stock Exchange (300725.SZ). The positions he held prior to PharmaBlock includes, among others, Senior Scientist at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals in Ridgefield, Connecticut; Senior Principal Scientist at Roche in Nutley, New Jersey; Head of DMPK and Drug Safety at Roche China R&D Company in Shanghai; Chief Operating Officer of Eli Lilly China R&D Center in Shanghai.

Dr. Dong received his PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, and MBA from China Europe International Business School in Shanghai. 

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Jeffery Blazevich

Chief Financial Officer

Jeff brings over 30 years of professional experience working for publicly traded, venture-backed, and private equity companies in the technology, health care and medical device industries. Prior to joining BioDuro, Jeff was the CFO for Zest Dental Solutions, a private-equity-owned manufacturer of a diverse portfolio of dental products.  From 2008 to 2013, he served as Senior Vice President and Corporate Controller for DJO Global, formerly a Blackstone-owned manufacturer of orthopedic products.

Jeff is a Certified Public Accountant and started his career at Ernst & Young LLP after receiving his bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of San Diego.



  • Jeff held CFO positions at Vativ Technologies Inc. Staccato Communications, and Applied Micro Circuits Corporation, a publicly listed semiconductor company.

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TJ Deng, PhD

President, Discovery

Dr TJ Deng joined BioDuro in the initial stages of the company and helped BioDuro grow to an industry leading discovery services organization. He established and managed several scientific departments, including DMPK, before transitioning to a leader of the business and operations functions. Prior to joining BioDuro, Dr. Deng spent six years at PPD, in positions with increasing responsibilities from scientist to scientific manager.




  • Developed the extractable/leachable capabilities at PPD
  • 18 years industry experience

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Kent M. Payne, PhD

President, Global CMC Solutions

Kent is distinguished as a business operator and leader in areas of sales, commercial manufacturing and product development. He has extensive executive experience in M&A as well as successfully running, start up, growth and turn around businesses. This includes both Fortune 500 and Private Equity environments. He combines strong business leadership, successful P&L track record, and technical background to strategically lead and grow enterprise value across Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical market segments. He has successfully led the geographic expansion of businesses into Europe, Asia, South America in addition to the United States.

He also currently serves as a board member for Goodwin Biotechnologies (a biological contract manufacturer), and board advisor for Vitruvias Therapeutics (a specialty generic pharmaceutical business)


  • CEO Socorro Pharmaceuticals, a generic pharmaceutical company
  • President Americas, Qualicaps Inc.
  • Principal Consultant and Partner at CoreFactor LLC, providing executive strategic, licensing and operational advisory services to clients.
  • Vice President/General Manager Catalent Pharma Solutions, Inc. (a Blackstone Group company formed in 2007, formerly part of Cardinal Health)
  • Progressive leadership responsibility at: Novartis, Monsanto and G.D. Searle.
    Prior Board Positions:
  • Board Advisor, Corporate Strategy Office, Life Science Institute Inc. (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings.
  • Board member for Technophar, Inc.; Qualicaps, Inc.
  • Non-executive Chair and Board Member PDS Biotechnology (PDS

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Tommy Broudy, PhD

Executive Vice President, Marketing

Tommy Broudy joined BioDuro as Executive Vice President, Translational Sciences in 2018 following the acquisition of Molecular Response, a patient-derived tumor modeling company he cofounded in 2010. Tommy is now leading BioDuro’s translational oncology group, with focus on in vivo and in vitro oncology testing services that help more efficiently translate novel anti-cancer medicines into the clinic. Tommy previously served as General Manager of Crown Bioscience San Diego, where he led the US preclinical operation. Prior to that, Tommy served as Director at AltheaDx, working closely with the Business Development and R&D teams to establish gene expression-based companion diagnostics for oncology therapeutics. He also spent six years at Affymetrix, where he managed the company’s pharmacogenomic and toxicogenomic solutions in support of pharmaceutical R&D.



  • Earned his PhD at Rockefeller University in the Laboratory of Bacterial Pathogenesis and Immunology
  • Held postdoctoral appointments at Rockefeller and Stanford University studying host/microbial genomics

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Roy Xu

Chief Strategy Officer

Roy has over 25 years of healthcare industry experience.  He started his career as an orthopedic surgeon.  Roy joined Eli Lilly as a sales rep in 1997.  Since then he has had various roles in market research, business intelligence, BU head, strategy, regional general management, business development etc., both at Eli Lilly and Boehringer Ingelheim (BI).  Roy also spent more than two years in Germany where he was BI’s Director of Corporate Business and Enabling Strategy.

Roy obtained a bachelor’s degree in Clinical Medicine at Zhejiang Traditional Chinese Medicine University, and an MBA from Zhejiang University.



  • 25 years of healthcare industry experience including Eli Lily and Boehringer Ingelheim. 
  • Former Director of Corporate Business & Enabling Strategy at oehringer Ingelheim in Germany.

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San Diego/圣地亚哥

BioDuro- San Diego Facility

Our San Diego site is our corporate headquarters. The facility is home to BioDuro’s drug product development technologies and has 9 GMP clean rooms. Development and manufacturing operations are conducted for projects up to Phase III clinical trials.

Size: 44,000 sq. ft.
Featured capabilites: Tableting, Coating, Hot Melt Extrusion, Spray Dried Dispersion

11011 Torreyana Rd.
San Diego
CA 92121
United States

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BioDuro Beijing
Operating since 2006, our Beijing site is home to BioDuro’s first wet chemistry operations. With 300 regular fume hoods and 18 scale-up chemistry hoods the Beijing facility houses most of BioDuro’s chemistry operations, while also hosting labs for biology and monoclonal antibody discovery.

Size: 100,000 sq. ft. 
Featured capabilities: Radioactivity Lab, Monoclonal Antibody Discovery, Medicinal Chemistry

No. 29 Life Science Park Road
Changping District Beijing,
P.R. China

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BioDuro- Shanghai Facility

Established in 2012, BioDuro’s Shanghai facility has been growing with its departments. The cutting edge facility contains labs for ADME, bioanalysis, in vitro assays and translational research. The site includes a 18,000 sq. ft vivarium and 20,000 sq. ft of office space.

Size: 92,000 sq. ft.
Featured capabilities: Scale-up Chemistry, Discovery Biology, DMPK, In Vivo Pharmacology

No. 233 North Fu Te Road
Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone
Shanghai, 200131
P.R. China

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Cathy Yen

Director, Operating Partner

Cathy joined the Board of Directors of BioDuro-Sundia in 2020, with the Advent-led acquisition of Sundia and creation of BioDuro-Sundia. Prior to that, she was Chairman of the Board at Sundia Meditech Group, where she was the key architect of Sundia’s strategic vision and growth. Under her leadership, Sundia solidified its position as one of the leading pre-clinical CROs in China.

Prior to Sundia, Cathy had a distinguished career as a seasoned venture capitalist, having led numerous investments in high-growth companies in Asia. Cathy served as a Partner of AsiaVest Partners, TCW/YFY Ltd., a global venture capital firm, for over a decade, Vice President at Global Financial Services, Vice President at Crimson Ventures/Chinatrust Bank and Senior Manager at Fortune Capital. She brings over 20 years of experience in corporate finance, accounting, strategic planning and private equity investments.

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Wuxi - BioDuro

Established in 2019, BioDuro-Sundia’s fully integrated discovery facility located at the heart of Jiangsu Wuxi Life Science & Technology Industrial Park with plans of growing staff to 1000+ scientists

Size: 300,000 sq. ft.
Featured capabilities:
Discovery Chemistry & Biologics, Biology, DMPK, Pharmacology, CMC Services

no.1699,Huishan avenue

Huishan Economic 

Development Zone,Wuxi

P.R. China

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Hebei - Sundia
Established in 2011, this pilot plant this handles mg to kg scale up

Size: 45,208 sq. ft.

Featured capabilities: SFFS Chemistry: mg to kg scale up
(150 hood)

238 Changjiang Road


Hebei province
P.R. China

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Taiwan - Sundia (1)
Our site in Taiwan supports Discovery Biology and Chemistry

Size: 3,352sq.ft.
Featured capabilities: Chemistry;Biology

7F, No. 107, Sec. 4

Ren Ai Road,

Da-an District,

Taipei, Taiwan

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Bengbu - Sundia
Scheduled to open in fall of 2020, this site is designed to handle API manufacturing and additional expertise in intermediates, GMP starting material upto IND enabling sttudies

Size: 43,056 sq. ft.
Featured capabilities: Intermediates, GMP starting materials, API manufacturing

Mohekou Industrial Park,

Huaishang District, Bengbu, 

Anhui province
P.R. China

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Shanghai-changli - Sundia-min (1)
Our Shanghai-Changli site supports FTE cheimistry and advanced Discovery Chemistry processes.

Size: 71,844 sq. ft.
Featured capabilities: Chiral Analytical Lab, Analytical and Purification Lab, NMR Lab, Synthetic Lab, Parallel Synthesis Lab, Flash Chromatography Lab..(380 hoods)


Building 8, 251 Faladi Road,

Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park,

P.R. China

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Shanghai-halei - Sundia
Opened recently in 2018, BioDuro-Sundia’s Shanghai-Halei contains facilities that supports both Discovery and CMC parts of the drug development & manufacturing process. Facilities include amorphous dispersion techniques like SDD & Discovery Biology.

Size: 31,043 sq. ft.

Featured capabilities: Formulation : Preformulation, Wet Granulation, Compression, Tablet Coating, Fluid Bed Room, Spray Dryer, Hot Melt Extrusion, Dry Granulation Biology: Kinase selectivity, Cellular Assay, Compound Screen, Immune oncology service


Building 1, 917 Halei Road,

Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park,


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Shanghai-kelun - Sundia-min (1)
Established in 2008, our Shangahi-Kelun site is desgined to handle advanced process and analytical chemistry including process GMP and non-GMP kilo lab

Size: 98,503 sq. ft.

Featured capabilities: general chemistry; Process: GMP & non-GMP kilo lab, Process analytical, Column Purification , Flow Chemistry. Analytical: 22 HPLC/UPLC. 8 Stability Chambers . DMPK: animal PK, Bioanlysis Metabolite ID, In Vitro Studies, In- Life studies

Building 8, 388 Jialilue Road,
Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park,

Shanghai China, 201203

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