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Clive Roberts

Chair of Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology, Head of School, Faculty of Science

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Biography

I originally trained as a Physicist, receiving my PhD in 1991 from Imperial College, London on the construction of novel Scanning Tunnelling Microscopes and their application in nanolithography. I subsequently took up a postdoctoral position in the Laboratory of Biophysics and Surface Analysis (LBSA), a Research Division of the School of Pharmacy, (www.nottingham.ac.uk/pharmacy/lbsa), The University of Nottingham under the direction of Martyn Davies, Saul Tendler and David Jackson.

In 1994 I took up an academic position in the School of Pharmacy as a Lecturer in Biophysics, and in 2001 as Reader in Biomedical Nanotechnology. In January 2005 I was promoted to the post of Chair of Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology. During this time the LBSA has gained an internationally leading reputation and track record in surface analysis of pharmaceuticals, polymers and biomaterials receive awards such as the GlaxoSmithKline International Achievement Award (2003), given for "internationally recognized work on drug delivery and new techniques for surface and interface analysis". The LBSA was also an important element in the award to the School of Pharmacy of a Queens Award for Enterprise (Innovation), 2007 for "…enhancing significantly the development of new medicines."

From its founding in 2005 to 2013 I took up the role of the Director of the Nottingham Nanotechnology and Nanoscience Centre (nnnc), The University of Nottingham. This multi-million pound Centre is an equal collaboration between the Schools of Pharmacy, Chemistry, Physics and Engineering and became Research Director of the School of Pharmacy (2010-13). The nnnc helps coordinate research and education in nanoscience across the University and offers a range of state of the art analytical facilities (www.nottingham.ac.uk/nano). In addition, I was also the lead academic applicant of, eminate Ltd, a £6.5M TSB funded Nottingham University company which rapidly translates products to the market including the multi-award winning salt reduction product, SodaLo. I was also Technical Development Director of a successful spin-out, Molecular Profiles Ltd itself a recent recipient of a number of awards including a Queens Award for Enterprise. Nanotechnology has served as a great platform to support my work in public engagement including several major initiatives, including NanoinNottingham, 2007, the NanoWhat East Midlands roadshow in 2008 and the Flights of Fancy Exhibition at the Nottingham Contemporary in 2011.

I am now Head of the School of Pharmacy (2013-). My current research is focused on the application of novel analytical and formulation strategies to develop new medicines and biomedical devices. Recently this has included a significant amount of work in the area of 3D printing of solid dosage forms, and in particular with AstraZeenca and GSK. Some of the tablets produced were exhibited during 2013-15 at the London Science Museum and Manchester Industrial Science Museum in their exhibitions, '3D printing the future'.

Teaching Summary

Teaching I give lectures and workshops in the new MPharm2012 course, including the 2nd year module B32AAI, Asthma, Allergy and Immunology and on the advanced 4th year module 'Future Medicines' where… read more

Research Summary

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My research interests are concentrated on the application of novel analytical and formulation strategies to develop new medicines and biomedical devices. Priority areas are,

· exploitation of novel manufacturing routes for formulation manufacture, in particular based around 3D printing.

· the application of statistical modelling and nanoscale methods for early stage screening of formulations, in particular of amorphous drugs and solid dispersions.

I employ a range of advanced analytical techniques including atomic force microscopy complemented by approaches such as electron microscopy, thermal analysis and various spectroscopies. This work involves many collaborations with many industrial partners and well as academic colleagues within the School of Pharmacy, and in the Schools of Physics, Chemistry and Engineering as well as nationally and internationally.

Funding for my work is drawn from the EPSRC, BBSRC, EU and industry, including currently AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Arterius and Juniper Pharmaceuticals. This work contributed to The School of Pharmacy receiving the Queens Award for Enterprise (Innovation), 2007 for "…enhancing significantly the development of new medicines." I have published around 300 scientific papers and have an h-index of 49 (WoS)/56 (GScholar). I have supervised over 80 PhD students to completion and mentored over 40 postdoctoral fellows. Recently I was pleased to be in top 100 most influential people globally in drug development and manufacture by the Medicine Maker, themedicinemaker.com/power-list/2016

Memberships of Committees and Professional Bodies

· Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society.

· Member of the Institute of Physics.

· Associate Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Selected Publications

Teaching I give lectures and workshops in the new MPharm2012 course, including the 2nd year module B32AAI, Asthma, Allergy and Immunology and on the advanced 4th year module 'Future Medicines' where I introduce the concept of 3D printing for medicines manufacture. I also supervise UG research projects. As Head of School I also carry out a number of workshops with each year group to highlight progress of the School and to receive feedback from our MPharm students.

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