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Course: Advanced Drug Delivery & Drug Targeting

The Advanced Drug Delivery and Targeting Course, November 25 – November 29, 2019 will be in Leiden 

A joint effort between the Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research (LACDR), the Groningen University Institute of Drug Exploration (GUIDE), and the Utrecht Institute for Pharmaceutical Sciences (UIPS) 

Course supervisors: Dr. Bram Slütter and Dr. Jeroen Bussmann

In the development of new products one of the main scientific challenges is to deliver the drug in a controlled way at the desired site of action. The formulation of the therapeutic agent therefore plays a key part in the biological efficacy, and is of great interest for current drug research. 

The Advanced Drug Delivery and Targeting course will be given by experts in the fields of:

• Nanoparticulate delivery systems
• Vaccine delivery and diseases
• New model systems for delivery and targeting
• Imaging and theranostics

The course will provide an in depth overview of the newest strategies and achievements in the drug delivery and targeting field. Particular emphasis will be put on the delivery of macromolecules, including vaccines and/or genetic material and contrast agents for imaging. In addition, the use of novel systems like the zebrafish, organoids and human ex vivo skin in the development of drug delivery systems will be thoroughly discussed. The participants will actively work in groups on assignments in which they will address various issues relevant to the development of therapeutic strategies employing drug delivery and drug targeting technologies. 

Who should attend: Researchers (PhD candidates, research trainees, postdoctoral fellows, research associates, research project managers) in Universities, Pharmaceutical Industry, Biotechnology Industry, and Federal Research Laboratories, whose research or research interests lie in the area of new technologies facilitating drug distribution, delivery, release, and effectiveness.

Course fee (including course materials, lunches and dinner on Monday. Travel costs and housing are excluded)

• GUIDE/UIPS/LACDR PhD students: € 425 
• PhD-students and postdocs from other universities: € 575 
• Non-academic affiliates/Industry: € 1,450

The course is limited to 35 participants, who will be selected based on the order of application. If less than 15 participants register, the course will be cancelled.

Please register here.: 

For info about registration: Connie van Gent  (

Deadline for registration is October 11, 2019 

Program Advanced Drug Delivery and Targeting course 

25-29 November, Gorlaeus Laboratories, Leiden 
Monday Nov 25: Targeted Delivery systems 
09:00 10:00 Registration + coffee  10:00 10:30 Opening 
10:30 11:30 Wim Hennink, “Nanoparticles and Targeted delivery” 
11:30 12:30 Alexander Kros, “Functionalization of nanoparticles” 
12:30 14:00 Lunch 
14:00 15:00 Koen Raemdonck, “Delivery of oligonucleotides” 
15:00 15:30 Coffee 
15:30 17:00 Group assignments 
19:00 23:00 Diner    

Tuesday Nov 26: Delivery of Biological and Vaccines 
09:00 10:00 Gideon Kersten, “Vaccine delivery systems” 
10:00 10:15 Coffee 
10:15 11:15 Ferry Ossendorp, “Cancer Immunotherapy” 
11:15 12:15 Joke Bouwstra, “Dermal vaccine delivery” 
12:15 14:00 Lunch 
14:00 15:00 TBA 
15:00 15:30 Coffee 
15:30 17:00 Group assignments    

Wednesday Nov 27: Emerging models 
09:00 10:00 Esther de Jong, “Human skin dendritic cell targeting” 
10:00 10:15 Coffee 
10:15 11:15 Jeroen Bussmann, “The zebrafish and delivery” 
11:15 12:15 Frederik Verweij, “Extracellular Vesicle and exosomes” 
12:15 14:00 Lunch 
14:00 15:00 Frank Bos, “Organoids” 
15:00 15:30 Coffee 
15:30 17:00 Group assignments    

Thursday Nov 28: Nanomaterials for imaging 
09:00 10:00 Twan Lammers, “Theranostics” 
10:00 10:15 Coffee 
10:15 11:15 Timo ten Have, “Imaging I” 
11:15 12:15 Mangala Shrinivas, “Imaging II” 
12:15 14:00 Lunch 
14:00 17:00 Group assignments    

Friday Nov 29: Presentations   
09:00 10:00 TBA 
10:00 11:00 Coffee and prepare for presentations  
11:00 12:30 Presentation group assignments (part I) 
12:30 13:30 Lunch 
13:30 16:00 Presentation group assignments (part II) 
16:00  Closing  and Drinks


November 25–29, 2019



EC (without exam)


Location address

Leiden University
LACDR, Leiden



Target Groups

  • PhD students


For this event, no registration is necessary.

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