The kick-off meeting on the 31st October 2016 provided the first opportunity in PEARRL for the ESRs to present their previous and planned research. Additionally, the three Research Work Package (WP) Leaders, Professor Martin Kuentz (WP1: Design of ‘bio-enabling’ formulations), Professor Christos Reppas (WP2: Biopharmaceutics tools for assessing oral drug formulations) and Professor Jennifer Dressman (WP3: In silico approaches for predicting formulation performance in vivo), gave an overview of their respective WPs. Further, a special session was dedicated to a discussion of planning regulatory training and workshops with representatives of all four regulatory bodies participating in PEARRL.
The 1st Annual Meeting will be held in Cork from the 19th to the 23rd June 2017 and a draft programme will be communicated shortly. This will be one of the project`s key network-wide training activities, the so called ‘PEARRLS of Wisdom’ Weeks, which encompass academic-, industry- and regulatory-led workshops as well as showcasing ESR research and providing training in transferable skills courses.