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Date: March 6, 2007
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

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Montgomery College Hosts Spectrum Lecture on ‘The Role and Impact of Chemistry in the Drug Review Process at the FDA’
Dr. Richard Lostritto of the FDA to speak at the Germantown Campus, March 20

    Dr. Richard Lostritto from the Food and Drug Administration will give a talk at Montgomery College-Germantown on Tuesday, March 20, as part of the college’s 2007 Spectrum Lecture Series. His talk entitled “The Role and Impact of Chemistry in the Drug Review Process at the FDA,” will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Globe Hall, which is located in the High Technology and Science Center, 20200 Observation Drive, Germantown, Md. This event is free and open to the public.

    Similar to all Spectrum Lectures, Lostritto’s presentation is designed for a non-scientific audience, enabling scientists, students, and the community to learn about innovative advancements in science. Lostritto will discuss how the Food and Drug Administration strives to fulfill its mission to protect and promote the public health of the nation, and the role of chemists in the FDA new drug review process.

    Through its drug review process, the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), within the FDA, reviews all new drug applications for safety, effectiveness, and quality. The review team evaluates the combining or isolation of the drug’s active ingredient as well as the design, composition, manufacture, and performance of the finished product.

    Lostritto joined the FDA in 1995 and currently serves as the director of division-III in the Office of New Drug Quality Assessment. Before joining the FDA, Lostritto served as an assistant/associate professor of pharmacy at the University of Connecticut. He also worked at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, where he led a medical aerosol formulations group. Lostritto received his B.S. degree in Pharmacy from the University of Connecticut and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in pharmaceutical chemistry and pharmaceutics from the University of Michigan.

    For more information or to request accommodations for physical disability, please contact Susan Bontems at 301-353-7740 or susan.bontems@montgomerycollege.edu.

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