This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 956146.

Patient-Centric Drug Development for Older Adults: Webinar Unveils Insights and Initiatives

The 1st AGePOP webinar is already done by Dorota Sarwinska (ESR 06) and Henriette Hummler (ESR 01)! During the webinar, Dorota and Henriette delved deep into the topic of patient-centric drug development, focusing on the unique challenges faced by older adults in medication management. The virtual event, attended by a diverse audience with academic, industrial, clinical, and health authority backgrounds, provided a comprehensive overview of our ongoing efforts to bridge existing knowledge gaps.

Kicking off the session, Prof. Maria Vertzoni, coordinator of the AGePOP consortium, introduced the mission and objectives of it. After that, Dorota navigated through medication management, shedding light on the perspective of older adults and geriatric patients. With a keen focus on existing knowledge gaps, Dorota highlighted the critical steps needed to tailor drug development to the specific needs of this patient population.

The spotlight then shifted to Henriette, who presented a compelling exploration into patient acceptability. Drawing from a conducted intervention study, Henriette elucidated the influence of solid oral dosage form characteristics on swallowability, visual perception, and handling. The findings not only underscored the complexity of medication administration in older adults but also revealed valuable insights for optimizing drug formulations.

The webinar, moderated by Dr. Susanne Page, ended with a dynamic Q&A session, fostering engaging discussions and addressing the audience’s queries. It is pleasant that the entire webinar was recorded and is now available for viewing on our AGePOP website. Feel free to watch the recorded session and stay tuned for future webinars that promise more insights and revelations.

By Adam Asteriadis and Fritz Harder
ESRs and PhD candidates