Award Winner (Outstanding Early Career Professional Award) 2023: Julian Lenger, PhD

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Julian Lenger

Julian Lenger, PhD

My journey with PDA began in 2015 during my PhD when I attended the Freeze-Drying Technology Conference. Since then, I've been involved in the scientific planning committees for this conference and later, the PDA BioManufacturing Conference, learning from and contributing to a network of dedicated professionals. I'm consistently impressed by the exceptional PDA staff and highly dedicated volunteers in the committees, Interest Groups, and the participants at conferences and training courses. A highlight of my experience has been taking on new challenges by leading the Freeze-Drying in Practice training course since 2022. I'm grateful and proud to be part of this community, which has provided opportunities for growth, collaboration, and knowledge-sharing. This award is a testament to PDA's appreciation for its members' achievements and dedication. I'm humbled to be part of this community, and I'm excited to continue my involvement with PDA, alongside such a talented and committed group of individuals.

About Julian Lenger, PhD

Dr. Julian Lenger is a pharmacist by training with expertise in established and novel freeze-drying technologies as well as formulation development and analytical characterization of biotherapeutics and small molecules.

Since 2020, he is driving formulation and process development for early pipeline development projects at Bayer AG in Wuppertal, Germany, as Head of Laboratory in Drug Product Development for parenteral drugs. Before joining Bayer, Julian spent four years as PhD student at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (University of Munich, Germany) in the group of Prof. Dr. Gerhard Winter at the chair of pharmaceutical technology. Here he successfully investigated and published several papers on novel technologies like microwave-assisted freeze-drying or controlled ice nucleation. Previously, Julian studied Pharmacy at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel (University of Kiel, Germany) and Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

Besides Julian is an active member in societies and consortia like Parenteral Drug Association (PDA) and BioPhorum.