Open access peer-reviewed Edited Volume

Smart Drug Delivery

Usama Ahmad

Integral University

Assistant Professor, author, and researcher with an interest in smart and novel drug delivery systems. He is a member of the American Association for Cancer Research, the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer, and the British Society for Nanomedicine.


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As the title implies, the object of this book is to bring together recent developments in the field of drug delivery. Technological advancements in the field of pharmaceutical sciences have revolutionized the patient care industry. The manufacturing industry has seen a dramatic shift from developing simple traditional dosage forms which included simple compressed tablets and syrups to novel drug delivery systems and targeted therapeutics. So it becomes essential to bridge the gap between the current research scenario and technical knowledge provided at the pharmaceutical institutions to maximize the skills of individuals involved at any level in this domain. Developing a robust, safe, and effective dosage form has always been a challenge. It requires a multidisciplinary approach. Thorough information of basic principles in pharmaceutical sciences is necessary to impart robustness, enhance efficacy, and develop smarter medicaments.

This book will cover all scholarly articles related to drug delivery which may include physicochemical and biopharmaceutical characterization of drug, design, and development of smart dosage forms, technological advancements like the role of artificial intelligence in drug delivery, etc.

Publishing process

Book initiated and editor appointed

Date completed: February 18th 2021

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Chapter proposals submitted and reviewed

Deadline for chapter proposals: March 18th 2021

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Deadline for full chapters: May 17th 2021

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Review results due: August 5th 2021

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Expected publication date: October 4th 2021

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About the editor

Usama Ahmad

Integral University

Dr. Usama Ahmad holds a specialization in Pharmaceutics from Amity University, Lucknow, India. He received his Ph.D. degree from Integral University on his work titled ‘Development and evaluation of silymarin nanoformulation for hepatic carcinoma’. Currently, he’s working as an Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutics in the Faculty of Pharmacy, Integral University. He has been teaching Pharm.D, B.Pharm, and M.Pharm students and conducting research in the novel drug delivery domain. From 2013 to 2014 he worked on a research project funded by SERB-DST, Government of India. He has a rich publication record with more than 24 original articles published in reputed journals, 2 edited books with IntechOpen, 4 book chapters, and a number of scientific articles published in ‘Ingredients South Asia Magazine’ and ‘QualPharma Magazine’. He is a member of the American Association for Cancer Research, International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer, and the British Society for Nanomedicine. Dr. Ahmad’s research focus is on the development of nanoformulations to facilitate the delivery of drugs that aim to provide practical solutions to current healthcare problems.

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