Dedicated Research and Development Partner for Enhanced Formulation and Innovative Pharmaceutical Dosage Forms

Pensatech Pharma is an R&D service partner providing research and development of enhanced formulation and innovative pharmaceutical dosage forms and is located in Berlin, Germany. The company was founded in 2012 as a spin-off from a world-renown academic Pharmaceutics group at the College of Pharmacy at the Freie Universität Berlin.

Pensatech Pharma’s expertise is dedicated to the solution-oriented design and development of dosage forms for existing and new chemical entities as well as life-cycle management.

Pensatech Pharma offers a full range of formulation development capabilities including preformulation, well-defined feasibility studies, formulation concept studies to support in vivo assessment (PK study), development of enabling formulations for rapid evaluation in the clinic and full development of a wide range of pharmaceutical dosage forms primarily in the fields of oral, parenteral, dermal and ophthalmic drug delivery.

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Our Vision and Mission

We believe that any innovation starts with a challenge or unusual idea, however each challenge or idea is worth-while to be explored.

We dedicate our expertise to the most challenging research questions requiring the creative and innovative use of science and technology.

We believe in utilizing our expertise, breadth of technologies and capabilities to find the right answer for your challenges and ideas.

We dedicate our resources to the conversion of the best drug delivery and dosage form into a commercially viable drug product.

We believe in data-driven science and creative solutions to truly add value to your challenging and ambitious projects.

We dedicate our spirit of true partnership with all our customers to develop together.

Our Approach

We have a broad toolbox of technologies and in-depth scientific expertise that we utilise to add value to your challenging and ambitious projects.

We believe that each project is unique and deserves the right formulation and dosage form to serve our customers as well as the patients.

We are committed to the highest ethical and scientific standards guided by patient safety and data-driven science.

We innovate by our experience and capability to advance technology by applying multidisciplinary expertise and science to new research questions.

We value our customers and strive to build long-term, trusted relationships by delivering our promise on the projects rapidly and with high flexibility to customers’ specific needs.

Pensatech Pharma’ Senior Team

Prof. Dr. Roland Bodmeier

Managing Director

Prof. Dr. Roland Bodmeier is Professor of Pharmaceutical Technology at the College of Pharmacy at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. Prof. Bodmeier studied Pharmacy at the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München (Germany), received a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics at the University of Texas at Austin (USA) (1986) and a Dr. rer. nat. habil from the University of Regensburg (Germany) (1993).

Prof. Dr. Bodmeier served as an Assistant/Associate Professor at the College of Pharmacy at the University of Texas (Austin) (1986-1994) before he moved to his current position. His research focuses on innovative modified release drug delivery systems with controlled drug release (peroral systems, pulsatile delivery, micro-, nano-encapsulation, parenteral depot formulations including biodegradable implants and microparticles) and the delivery of poorly soluble drugs (various nano carriers, lipid-based carriers, (amorphous) solid solutions and dispersions). Prof. Bodmeier has graduated more than 75 Ph.D. students and published about 200 publications and 35 patents/-applications. Prof. Bodmeier co-founded Pensatech Pharma in 2012.

Dr. Martin Körber

Director Research & Development and Head of Quality Control

Dr. Martin Körber studied Pharmacy and holds a doctorate degree in Pharmaceutical Technology from the Freie Universität Berlin (Germany).

Dr. Körber has worked for about 20 years on the characterization of controlled release products and the understanding of their manufacturing processes. He has worked for B. Braun Melsungen AG (Germany) with responsibilities for the pharmaceutical development of drug-eluting angioplasty products, related method and product validations and regulatory approval aspects. Dr. Körber is an expert in the rational design of conventional and complex drug products for oral, topical and parenteral dosage forms as well as in the definition and control of their quality attributes. Dr. Körber joined Pensatech Pharma in 2013.

Prof. Dr. Philippe Maincent

Director of Regulatory Affairs

Prof. Philippe Maincent is Emeritus Professor of Pharmaceutics at the College of Pharmacy at the Université de Lorraine (France). Prof. Maincent studied Pharmacy at the Université de Rennes (France), received a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Université Paris-Saclay (France) and a Habilitation from the Université de Lorraine (France).

Prof. Maincent has worked with the French National Agency for the Safety of Medicines and Health Products as expert for pharmaceuticals parts of the marketing authorization application (1994-2003), as Vice-President of the Marketing Authorization Committee, President of the Pharmaceutical Working Group and President of the Generic Working Group (2003-2007), as a member of the Marketing Authorization Committee, Pharmaceutical Working and Generic Working Group (2007-2012) and as external assessor (2013-2018). His research focuses on drug delivery systems with emphasis on controlled release, polymers, micro- and nanoencapsulation, drug targeting and oral delivery of macromolecules and has resulted in more than 145 publications, 3 book chapters, 3 patents and over 150 communications. Prof. Maincent has worked with Pensatech Pharma since 2012.

Dr. Luisa Duque

Manager Business Development and Head of Quality Assurance

Dr. Luisa Duque studied Pharmacy at the National University of Colombia, received a MSc. degree in Medicinal and Industrial Pharmaceutical Sciences from ETH-Zürich (Switzerland) and obtained her doctorate degree in Pharmaceutical Technology from Freie Universität Berlin (Germany).

Dr. Duque has more than 10 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry working in the areas of product and process development and quality assurance. She has worked for Innocore Pharmaceuticals (The Netherlands) managing projects for the development of polymer-based injectable drug delivery products, including formulation, process and analytical development and validation activities, as well as the implementation of a quality management system according to current GMP. Dr. Duque is an expert in the development of parenteral controlled release systems and is proficient in quality management systems with emphasis on GMP and ISO 9001. Dr. Duque joined Pensatech Pharma in 2018.

Facilities

Pensatech Pharma operates at two locations in Berlin.  The main laboratory and office is located at Kelchstr. 31, 12169 Berlin, with focus on formulation and analytical development and capabilities to handle narcotics.

In 2014, Pensatech Pharma rented additional laboratory space at Berlin Adlershof, Germany’s leading technology park. These GMP-certified laboratories are authorised to do quality control testing (physicochemical and pharmaceutical analysis) as well as batch certification of finished products and investigational medicinal products. The laboratory includes containment facilities to handle cytotoxic and highly potent APIs.

Site 1: Kelchstr. 31, 12169 Berlin

Site 2: Volmerstr. 7b, 12489 Berlin

Competences

Long experience in the development of challenging drug substances into various dosage forms together with well-equipped facilities enable Pensatech Pharma to deliver R&D solutions rapidly and with high flexibility to the specific needs of our customers.

Our deep scientific understanding of APIs, excipients, formulation science and manufacturing processes enables us to deliver creative solutions to overcome formulation challenges and turn ideas into robust innovative products.

Why Pensatech Pharma?

We believe that each project is unique and that no single formulation approach or technology solves all problems. Our successful collaborations are based on a clear, shared understanding of mutual expectations and outcomes.

Our strategy is to apply our expertise across a wide range of dosage forms and drug delivery technologies to address each specific formulation or dosage form challenge through science and data.

We provide our customers with a rational selection of an appropriate formulation approach for their needs considering API properties, physiological goals, commercial opportunities and intellectual property.

We deliver projects rapidly and with high flexibility to customers’ specific needs, leveraging our years of experience in the development of various advanced formulation and dosage forms for challenging drug substances and in our well-equipped facilities.

We believe that formulation science is data-driven. Our extensive internal data sets covering material science on API and excipients as well as formulation and process science enable us to use predictive modelling in delivering creative and innovative product solutions.

We value our customers and strive to build long-term, trusted relationships by delivering our promise on each project and beyond.

Our strengths include

  • In-depth scientific knowledge and broad expertise with creative problem solving across a wide range of different drug delivery technologies
  • Predictions of dosage form performance based on experience and internal data sets
  • Competence and experience in commercial product development according to the Quality-by-Design framework and industrial requirements
  • Efficient drug-sparing Design of Experiments in formulation development by performing experiments at the right, miniaturised scale
  • Flexible, responsive and rapid development collaborations with dedicated project management
  • State-of-the-art equipment
  • Network of experts and partners across the pharmaceutical industry and academia

Our quality policy​

  • Provide high quality and timely formulation design and development services that consistently meet the requirements and expectations of our customers​
  • Ensure the quality of the analyzed products such that they are suitable for their planned use and comply with applicable approval requirements
  • Continually improve the effectiveness of both the quality management system and the provision of all our services
  • Ensure all staff are trained and briefed about all the quality documentation so that they can implement the policies and procedures in their work ​​
  • Comply with all relevant legislation
  • Pensatech Pharma‘s quality management system is EU-GMP conform and ISO 9001:2015 certified. We are committed to deliver quality to our customers​. 

Careers

We are constantly looking for talented, focused people who enjoy challenges in a busy work environment and we are always interested in meeting individuals who are looking for new opportunities in areas such as formulation design, analytical chemistry, process engineering, material science and drug delivery.

Open position for

Process engineer, chemist, pharmacist or natural scientist (BSc., MSc, Dr. rer. nat.) for the area of development / modeling of pharmaceutical manufacturing processes

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