Prof. Gerrit BorchardScientific Advisor
Gerrit Borchard is a licensed pharmacist and obtained his Ph.D. in pharmaceutical technology from the University of Frankfurt (Germany) for his thesis on the interaction of colloidal drug carrier systems with the immune system. After holding several academic posts, including a lecturer position at Saarland University (Germany) and Assistant and Associate Professorships at Leiden University (The Netherlands), he joined Enzon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (USA) as Vice President Research. In 2005, he was appointed Full Professor of Biopharmaceutics at the University of Geneva (Switzerland), and Scientific Director of the Centre Pharmapeptides in Archamps (France), an international center for biopharmaceutical research and training.
In the past, Prof. Borchard has served as Scientific Advisor for the Controlled Release Society (CRS), as Scientific Secretary of the European Association of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (EAPB), and has headed the Academic Section of the International Association for Pharmaceutical Technology (APV). Since 2008, he served as Vice President of the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences Geneva-Lausanne (EPGL) and since 2013 as acting president. In 2012 Prof. Borchard joined the Non Biological Complex Drugs (NBCD) working group hosted at Top Institute Pharma (TIP, Leiden, The Netherlands) and was nominated Chair of the NBCD working party at the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & Health Care (EDQM) by Swissmedic.
Prof. Borchard was nominated Fellow of the Swiss Society of Pharmaceutical Sciences (SSPhS) in 2010, and elected President of the Swiss Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2014. Since 2013, he is also Vice President of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Sciences (EUFEPS).
Due to his working in both academia and industry, and living in four countries, Prof. Borchard has acquired extensive experience in diverse working and cultural environments, and is fluent in the German, English, Dutch and French languages. Time allowing, he loves to roam the trails and by-roads of the Jura mountains on foot and bike.
Prof. Sameh AliScientific Advisor
Prof. Sameh Ali is the Founding Director of the Center for Aging and Associated Diseases, Helmy Institute of Medical Sciences, Zewail City of Science and Technology. He returned to Egypt from the University of California in San Diego June 2012 to participate in the establishment of Egypt’s National Project. Dr. Ali is a formally trained physical chemist but his interest in free radical biology and medicine started in 2003 while exploring the extraordinary antioxidant properties of fullerenes in vitro and in vivo. The elegance and complexity of the mitochondrion, the tiny powerhouse within our cells that was once a free-living bacterium, fascinated Ali so much that he made a career shift to study the critical roles of mitochondria in aging and diseases. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are high-energy short-lived molecules that play increasingly recognizable physiologic as well as pathologic roles in biological systems. The transient nature of these species makes their detection a challenging task. However, Ali’s physical chemistry background allowed him to develop magnetic resonance, spectroscopic, and electrochemical techniques in combination with conventional biochemical methods to study ROS dynamics in multiple organ tissues and cellular domains. During his work in the Department of Medicine in the University of California San Diego the period from 2005-2012, Ali contributed to many projects in the field of mitochondria function and free radical biology and medicine. His work produced over 45 of highly cited articles in high-impact journals including Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Aging Cells, Antioxidant and Redox Signaling, FASEB J, J Neurosciences, Free Radical Biology and Medicine, etc. He acts as an Executive Editor for the Journal of Nanomedicine & Biotherapeutic Discovery, an Associate Editor for BMC Research Notes, Editor for BMC Biology, and Editor for the Journal of Analytical Sciences, Methods, and Instrumentation.