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The Center for Pharmaceutical Processing Research, founded in 1995, is one of over 80 such Centers established by NSF, and the only one devoted to pharmaceutical processing research. The Center comprises four Universities: Purdue University, the University of Connecticut, the University of Puerto Rico, and the University of Minnesota.

The concept behind the Center operations is simple. Industrial researchers provide guidance and feedback, funding, some cooperative research, and “real world” experience to help academic researchers. The university researchers contribute their time and resources, using primarily the research facilities of their university, to conduct investigations into topics that the companies and agencies are not able, or willing, to devote their internal resources toward. In addition, university researchers often have the opportunity to explore ideas they otherwise might not be able to investigate.

Faculty members have participated from

  • Purdue University
    • Dept. of Industrial and Physical Pharmacy
    • Dept. of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
    • School of Chemical Engineering
    • School of Civil Engineering
    • School of Health Sciences
  • University of Connecticut:
    • School of Pharmacy
  • University of Minnesota:
    • Department of Pharmaceutics
  • University of Puerto Rico:
    • Pharmacy
    • Chemistry
    • Chemical Engineering

 

History & Organization

In the early 1980s, the National Science Foundation (NSF) established the Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC) program to encourage cooperative research between academia and industry. These centers are located at universities and staffed principally by faculty and student researchers, who would cooperate closely with scientists and engineers at partner companies and government agencies.

Industrial researchers provide guidance and feedback, funding, some cooperative research, and “real world” experience to help academic researchers.

University researchers contribute their time and resources, using primarily the research facilities of their university, to conduct investigations into topics that the companies and agencies are not able, or willing, to devote their internal resources toward. In addition, university researchers often have the opportunity to explore ideas they otherwise might not be able to investigate.

The organizational structure of the Center consists of:

  • the Center Director – serves as liaison between member companies and the university administration, and manages Center research activities
  • the Industrial Advisory Board – meets twice yearly and consists of at least one member from each participating company; establishes research priorities, provides input to increase the industrial relevance of research proposals, and approves spending

Dr. Dane O. Kildsig

Photo of Dr. Dane O. KildsigPhoto of dedication plaqueDr. Dane O. Kildsig played an instrumental role in the planning, creation and operations of the Center for Pharmaceutical Processing Research (CPPR) from 1995 until 2006. He was a Professor of Industrial and Physical Pharmacy at Purdue University from 1966 to 2006, and served asd department head from 1985 to 1994. In 2005, the NSF officially renamed the CPPR in honor of Professor Kildsig, in recognition “for his ten years of exemplary dedication, leadership and commitment to this NSF Center.” Dr. Kildsig passed away on June 9, 2006, and is remembered by many as a true teacher, mentor and friend in the pharmaceutical sciences and beyond.