Dr. Melanie Köllmer, Co-Founder and Head of Formulation Development

Dr. Melanie Köllmer is head of formulation development at RaDes GmbH. She has 10 years of experience in pharmaceutical and biomedical research. Her expertise lies in the implementation of development projects, from formulation development of semi-solid dosage forms in feasibility studies to clinical phase and process development.

She studied pharmacy at Philipps-University in Marburg, Germany, and received her PhD in drug delivery and tissue engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA, in the laboratory of Prof. Dr. Richard A. Gemeinhart. As part of a dual postdoctoral program at the Center for Diabetes Research and Policy at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), she deepened her knowledge in the field of biomaterials and biomedical engineering in Prof. Dr. Eric Brey’s laboratory.

Subsequently, Melanie worked as a formulation scientist at Almirall Hermal GmbH. In close cooperation with drug discovery, the IP and Regulatory Affairs departments, she worked extensively on the design of semi-solid formulations and the evaluation of new topical excipients and technology platforms. In particular, she made decisive contributions to the successful development of a cream of a very difficult to formulate macrolide which has been filed for patent.

Melanie Köllmer is the author of eight publications in internationally recognized peer-reviewed journals. A further publication on an in vitro model to predict the skin penetration of active ingredients from semi-solid formulations is in preparation. For her scientific achievements she received several awards, including the 2013 W.E. Van Doren Scholarship for Academic Excellence and the Roquette America, Inc. student scholarship for successful industrial collaboration during her doctorate.