Dr Prashant N. Balani
+44 (0)207 848 4812
KCL Postal Address:
Institute of Pharmaceutical Science
King's College London
150 Stamford Street
London SE1 9NH
Dr Prashant Balani was a Teaching Fellow at IPS.
He obtained his BSc (2002) and MSc (2005) degrees in Pharmacy from the University of Mumbai, India. He has industrial experience of 2 years in the Novel Drug Delivery System Department at Piramal Life Sciences Ltd, India (Formerly, Nicholas Piramal India Ltd), where he was involved in developing stable, controlled release formulations of anti-diabetic, anti-epileptic and colon targeting pharmaceutical actives. He did his PhD (2006-2010) in the Department of Pharmacy, National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore focusing on the area of micronization, surface analysis, drug excipient interactions and explored new applications of comilling in formulating pharmaceutical products. The project was in collaboration with Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences (ICES, A*STAR, Singapore, www.ices.a-star.edu.sg) and was supervised by Dr Chan Sui Yung (NUS, www.nus.edu.sg) and Dr Ng Wai Kiong, Prof. Reginald Tan (ICES). The research work has received a 'Best oral presentation' award at the 4th PharmSci@Asia conference held in China in 2009 and a 'Best paper' award at Particle Technology Forum, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Annual Meeting held in United States in 2008.
Subsequently Prashant has worked as a Research Assistant at Department of Pharmacy, NUS (8 months) wherein he focused on elucidating the reduction in surface electrostatic charge of charged pharmaceutical actives during wet milled drug polymer mixtures and formulating stable amorphous dispersions of charged pharmaceutical actives by comilling with ionic polymers. In addition, he has worked as a Post Doctorate Research Assistant (4 months) at School of Engineering Sciences, University of Southampton. The post doctoral work performed at University of Southampton focused on investigating the applications of acoustic energy controlled dispensing technology for microdosing of pharmaceutical excipients such as lactose used in dry powder inhalers.
He now works as Senior Scientist at Abbott Laboratories, Global Pharmaceutical R & D, Singapore.