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Zahir Akhunzada
Research Scientist at Bristol Myers Squibb


Dr. Zahir Akhunzada is a PPD Consultant at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. Prior to joining PPD, he worked for Schering-Plough/Merck, KACST, King Saud University and as a guest Investigator at the GI Research Institute of the VA Hospital, NJ. He earned his Doctorate degree in Chemistry from the H. E. J. Research Institute, Karachi, Pakistan. He did Post-Doc in Tubingen, Germany and gained research experience in Phamacognosy, at Leiden University, the Netherlands. He has several research publications and co-Authored a Textbook, ”Stereoselective Synthesis in Organic Chemistry”, Springer Verlag, USA. He has a broad range of expertise in R&D, specializing in spectroscopy, organic synthesis, flow imaging, separation and wet analytical techniques. More recently, he has focused his expertise on characterizing biologics.

Dr. Akhunzada is the recipient of several awards and recognitions, including Certificate of Honor (New York Academy of Sciences), several Bravo (STAR) Awards (BMS/PPD) and Shining Performance Awards (Schering Plough/Merck).

Agenda Sessions

  • PANEL: Working Relationships between Formulation, HCPs and Immunogenicity of Biologics

  • Challenges in the Analysis of High Concentration Proteins and Characterization of Subvisible (Proteinaceous / non-proteinaceous) Particles in Biopharmaceutical formulations