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Chief Technology Officer at BioDelivery Sciences International, Inc.
Niraj Vasisht, Ph.D. joined BioDelivery Sciences International in February 2005 as the Vice President of Product Development. In October 2009, he was promoted to Senior Vice President of Product Development and Chief Technical Officer and later to Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer in January 2016. Dr. Vasisht heads the Chemistry, Manufacturing and Controls (CMC) for their pipeline products, and has led the efforts on formulation development, process development, and manufacturing of ONSOLIS®, BELBUCA®, and BUNAVAIL® based on BEMA® Technology. In his new role, Dr. Vasisht will focus on selecting suitable drug delivery platforms and product where delivery is the differentiating feature to continue growing BioDelivery Sciences' product development pipeline, while continuing to lead the CMC and Quality Operations. Dr. Vasisht will provide technical and strategic leadership to the business development function as he evaluates drug delivery platforms and candidate molecules. Dr. Vasisht is known as a key-opinion-leader (KOL) in the field of microencapsulation-based controlled/sustained release and drug delivery technologies. Prior to joining the company, Dr. Vasisht served as the Director of Microencapsulation, Pharmaceutical Development and Nanomaterials at Southwest Research Institute where he developed several commercial formulations and lead a team of prolific researchers in product conceptualization, product development, engineering scale up and commercial manufacturing across pharmaceutical, consumer health, and nutraceutical industry. Dr. Vasisht is the inventor for several patents that resulted in product commercialization. He received a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur, a Master's of Science from the University of New Hampshire and a Doctorate in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.