2021 Lake Nona Leadership Council
Advancing drug development and regulatory science
The Lake Nona Leadership Council provides a unique venue to bring together a multidisciplinary group of pharmaceutical leaders and scientists to exchange ideas and advance drug development and regulatory science.
A letter from Dean Johnson
"As dean of the University of Florida College of Pharmacy, it is my honor to welcome you to the 2021 Lake Nona Leadership Council Meeting."
Lake Nona Leadership Council Participants,
As dean of the University of Florida College of Pharmacy, it is my honor to welcome you to the 2021 Lake Nona Leadership Council Meeting. While we all desire to be together in person, today’s virtual event offers an opportunity for a multidisciplinary group of pharmaceutical leaders and scientists to exchange ideas and advance drug development and regulatory science.
A lot has happened in the UF College of Pharmacy and Center for Pharmacometrics and Systems Pharmacology, or CPSP, since we last met in 2019. The college has continued its ascent up the national rankings, highlighted by our No. 5 position in U.S. News & World Report’s best pharmacy college rankings. In addition, our faculty and their research teams propelled the college to a record $28.3 million in annual research funding. According to the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy research rankings, the UF College of Pharmacy now ranks No. 3 nationally in NIH funding and No. 4 in total funding. Finally, the CPSP is now under the trusted leadership of Stephan Schmidt, Ph.D., F.C.P., who was appointed center director last year. Since he joined the college in 2012, he has been instrumental in supporting the center’s growth and is a natural fit to lead CPSP’s research and education programs.
In closing, I want to pay special tribute to Hartmut Derendorf, Ph.D., who passed away unexpectedly in November. His untimely death has left a void in many of our lives, and his contributions to the pharmaceutical sciences won’t soon be forgotten. Hartmut always enjoyed attending the Lake Nona Leadership Council Meeting and connecting with many of you. While we miss him tremendously, his legacy will continue through the many students he mentored and the scientific knowledge he shared throughout his illustrious career.
Julie Johnson, Pharm.D.
Dean and Distinguished Professor
College of Pharmacy
University of Florida
A letter from Thomas Schmittgen
"I hope that you have a productive meeting and offer my heartfelt thanks for your attendance and participation in this year’s event."
Dear Lake Nona Leadership Council Members and Attendees,
On behalf of the Department of Pharmaceutics, I’d like to welcome you to the annual meeting of the Lake Nona Leadership Council. The past year has been a challenge to everyone, both personally and professionally. Our faculty, staff, and students have risen to the occasion to modify not only the way we teach and perform research but also to assist in a number of COVID-19 related service activities. In 2020, we mourned the loss of Professor Hartmut Derendorf who left a lasting imprint on the Department, the Center, and the quantitative clinical pharmacology arena; his legacy will be felt for many years to come.
The Department of Pharmaceutics continues to thrive. This year we recruited three new tenure track faculty. Dr. Rodrigo Cristofoletti, previously with ANVISA, Dr. Mei He, most recently from the University of Kansas and Dr. Fan Zhang, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institute. We have also recruited Dr. Mark Rogge as a faculty member. Dr. Rogge has had a distinguished career in the Pharmaceutical Industry and we welcome him to the Department and Center. We graduated six PhDs from Pharmaceutics this past year; all have gone on to accept full time positions within the pharmaceutical industry, academia or the FDA.
As we look to the future, we are recruiting two additional tenure track faculty in Pharmacokinetics/Pharmacometrics/Systems Pharmacology for the Lake Nona Campus. A new online certificate program in Model Informed Drug Development will launch Fall semester, 2021. We anticipate strong interest in this new program from employees of the FDA and pharmaceutical industry as well as students wishing to sharpen their skill set.
I would like to offer my gratitude to the members of the Lake Nona Leadership Council for your continued support and for providing valuable input and guidance to the Department and Center. I also would like to thank our industrial sponsors for your financial support. I hope that you have a productive meeting and offer my heartfelt thanks for your attendance and participation in this year’s event.
Thomas D. Schmittgen, PhD
Professor and Chair of Pharmaceutics
College of Pharmacy
University of Florida
A letter from Stephan Schmidt
"I am looking forward to working with all of you over the course of the next year on furthering the CPSP’s mission."
On behalf of the Center for Pharmacometrics and Systems Pharmacology (CPSP), I would like to personally thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to participate in this year’s virtual Lake Nona Leadership Council meeting. Your active participation and feedback during the meeting are critically important and will help us refine the Center’s future direction and accelerate its growth.
Over the last 9 ½ years, I had the privilege to work with world-class faculty and key opinion leaders in the quantitative clinical pharmacology arena, such as yourself, to build and grow out the Center and see it flourish. I was also fortunate to work with many talented students and trainees, many of which have moved on to careers in pharmaceutical industry, regulatory agencies, and academia around the globe. CPSP had an outstanding last year with 12 national and international student awards, including the Presidential Trainee, the Jason Morrow Trainee, and the Top Poster Ribbon Award from the American College of Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics (ASCPT), Simcyp’s Most Informative Scientific Report 2020 Award, the Colburn Memorial Award from the American College of Clinical Pharmacology (ACCP), and the Communications Challenge Award from the American Conference on Pharmacometrics (ACoP), in addition to 11 faculty awards. Please join me congratulating everyone on their achievements.
I would like to individually follow up with each of you to discuss opportunities on how you can get further engaged with the Center. I am looking forward to working with all of you over the course of the next year on furthering the CPSP’s mission and welcoming you back to the Lake Nona Leadership Council Meeting in 2022.
Stephan Schmidt, B.Pharm, Ph.D., F.C.P.
Associate Professor & Director CPSP
College of Pharmacy
University of Florida
Center for Pharmacometrics and Systems Pharmacology
The Center for Pharmacometrics and Systems Pharmacology at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy pushes boundaries to advance drug development and regulatory science. UF researchers are global leaders in clinical and virtual research translation related to drug development and regulatory sciences. The center has a doctoral and postdoctoral educational program that pairs quantitative sciences with practical applications.
Mission and Vision
To establish and maintain the leading Center for Pharmacometrics and Systems Pharmacology in the nation.
The Center’s Growth
Established in 2011, the Center for Pharmacometrics and Systems Pharmacology has significantly expanded its footprint in the drug development and regulatory science research and education space.
|10:00 - 10:05 AM||Rise to Five Video
Welcome & Housekeeping Remarks
|10:05 – 10:30 AM||State of the College
Dean Julie Johnson
|10:30 – 10:55 AM||State of the Department/Online Program
|10:55 – 11:30 AM||State of the Center
|11:30 – 11:50 AM||Update from Regulators – OCP 2020
|11:50 – 12:00 PM||Q&A|
|12:00 – 12:30 PM||Lunch Break
Join us for our Networking Lunch Rooms
|12:30 – 1:10 PM||Reconvene, 2 Parallel breakout sessions (pre-assigned)|
|1:10 – 1:55 PM||Breakout session summary & discussion|
|1:55 - 2:00 PM||Final remarks and meeting closure|