Dr. Luis Padrela

Dr. Luis Padrela
Luis Padrela
Lecturer

Contact: luis.padrela@ul.ie 

PROCESS Research Theme: Hybrid processing, Mass transfer processes  

Research Interests:

  • Pharmaceutical processing for large molecule APIs (biopharmaceuticals):
    -  Isolation and stabilization of biopharmaceuticals using spray drying and freeze drying
    - Engineering and manufacturing of biopharmaceutical nanoparticles
  • Pharmaceutical processing for small molecule APIs (pharmaceuticals):
    - Continuous (co)crystallization, drying and downstream processing of pharmaceutical nanoparticles
    - Solution and supercritical CO2 crystallization  for size and polymorphic control

Short Bio:

Luis Padrela is a lecturer in Industrial Biochemistry within the Department of Chemical Sciences and a Researcher at the Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre (SSPC) based in the Bernal Institute.

Dr Padrela has a diverse research portfolio across a number of international academic and industrial institutions exploring topics such as Particle Engineering Technologies, Continuous Nanocrystallization and (Bio)Pharmaceutical Processing. He has developed industrial expertise in Quality by Design, scale-up methods and particle engineering technologies for small and large molecule APIs. He has worked within the highest standards of quality (GLP, GMP) in the industry (Hovione FarmaCiencia SA) and participated in the development of several spray drying and nanosizing processes for oral and parenteral dosage forms.  In 2017, he was awarded the SFI/NSF I-Corps@SFI Entrepreneurial Programme for the project entitled: 'Continuous Manufacturing Method for the Production of Pharmaceutical Drug Nanoparticles', and in 2018 he was funded €500,000 from Enterprise Ireland for the commercialization of this Continuous Manufacturing Method.

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Qualifications:

  • 2006 BSc Biochemistry, Faculty of Sciences at the University of Lisbon
  • 2012 PhD Chemical Engineering, Instituto Superior Técnico, at the University of Lisbon. Thesis Title: "Formation of pharmaceutical cocrystals using supercritical fluid technology"

 
 

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 801165.

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