Established in 2019 the BeNeLux & France (BNLF) Local Chapter aims to bring together scientists in the fields of drug delivery and nanomedicine located in Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and France. We stimulate scientific knowledge exchange and collaborations between industrial and academic experts, provide networks and represent at a local level the Controlled Release Society Inc., USA (CRS), a worldwide association in the field of delivery of science and technology. 

Supported by the CRS, we contribute to local meetings and conferences, keep our members up to date with the news in the field and provide a platform to share job opportunities and scientific content. We are also focusing on our Early Career Scientists and boosting their network, professional development, creating exchange and mentorship programs.


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46th CRS Annual Meeting & Exposition July 21-24 Valencia, Spain


Local Chapters Programming

The purpose of CRS Local Chapters is to promote and stimulate local involvement in the delivery science community, enhance delivery science through collaboration, provide local networks, and to introduce at a local level the benefits of CRS membership. International Local Chapters act as resources for CRS-hosted meetings and events, topical workshops, webinars and other scientific-based educational opportunities, by providing insight and scientific content.


Saturday 20th of July 2019

15.00-18.30 Local Chapters Pre-Meeting Workshop

The Local Chapters Pre-Meeting Workshop will allow young stars, selected by the individual chapters to share their innovative research with the wider CRS community. Two senior scientists, Avi Schroederand Joao Nuno Moreira, will also be delivering keynotes during this workshop. Attendance is open to everyone, not just young scientists. Come along to support young stars from our Local Chapter and hear about innovative research from all around the world:

15:50-16.00 Dr. Valentina Francia (Postdoc, Groningen University, the Netherlands): Studying the Biological and Cellular Interactions of Nanomedicines for Drug Delivery

16:25-16.35 Dr. Chiara Bastiancich (Postdoc, Institute of NeuroPhysiopathology, France): Potential And Challenges Of Titanium Nitride Nanoparticles For Glioblastoma Photothermal Therapy


18.30-19.30 Local Chapter Meet & Greet 

The Local Chapters Meet-and-Greet is a networking event aimed at getting to know your colleagues from other Local Chapters around the world in an informal manner. This is an opportunity to make new connections and discuss issues that are beyond the science per se, such as finding a new position, grants and funding, mentorship, and becoming part of the CRS community. We invite to participate all chapter members including young scientists to share their thoughts and goals for the CRS. Together with the representatives from the CRS Young Scientists Committee we will be discussing how young scientists can become more involved in the CRS and what the CRS should focus on relative to young scientist training and promotion.

18:30-18.40 Dr. Natalia Vtyurina (President, the Netherlands): Introduction to the new CRS BeNeLux & France Local Chapter


19.30-open end Local Chapter Social Event 

Following the more formal Meet & Greet we will continue with the networking in informal settings at surprise location!

Sunday 21st July 2019

11.30-13.30 Opening Session and Awards Ceremony  

During this ceremony an official opening of the conference will take place and shining achievements in the field of Controlled Release will be rewarded.


15.30-17.30 Highlights from the CRS Worldwide Session 

The CRS Local Chapters worldwide have selected the most outstanding research from their countries to be presented at the meeting. You cannot miss this opportunity to learn from the best science coming from Australia, Canada, India, Israel, Malaysia, New Zealand, Spain-Portugal, Taiwan and UKI. 


Monday 22nd July 2019

13.30-15.30 Hot Topics in Topical and Transdermal Delivery Scientific Session

Skin diseases are among the most common of all human health issues and the WHO reports almost 900 million people at any time are affected by skin conditions. Skin diseases are associated with long-term disfigurement, disability and stigma and there remains an urgent need for new formulation and innovative delivery strategies to treat these conditions. Within this session, we will discuss new strategies to address these conditions and how we as formulation scientists can deliver drugs topically and beyond.

13.55-14.20 Dr. Vincent Jannin (Manager Oral Drug Delivery Innovation, Lonza, France): Improving adherence and efficacy of topical drug delivery, an industry perspective.


13.30 – 15.30 Bioinspired and Biomimetic Delivery (BBD) Focus Group Scientific Session

This BBDD Focus Group session highlights advances in leveraging bioinspired and biomimetic strategies for design of novel drug delivery systems. Bioinspired methods that involve construction of biological building blocks, or applying bio-interactions are being widely implemented to create numerous delivery formulations. Mimicking the physicochemical and physiological properties of biological particulates facilitates targeting capability and/or control release of therapeutics. This session seeks to introduce cutting edge science and technology in the field, germinating innovations and promoting translations. 

15.00-15.10 Dr. Giovanna Lollo (Associate Professor, Lyon University, France): Hyaluronic Acid and Polyarginine Nanocomplexes For Platinum Derivative Encapsulation


19.00-open end Borrel BeNeLux & France Local Chapter

We would like to invite our members, who is going to attend the annual CRS Conference in Valencia, to join our Local Chapter’s Networking Borrel at Taperia Hispania (Avinguda de les Corts Valencianes 26, only 7 min walking distance from the venue). This will allow us to have a separate occasion when we can meet and interact only with the members of our chapter.

Tuesday 23rdJuly 2019 

10:00-12:00 Micro-/Nano-Particle Delivery Scientific Session

State-of-the-art approaches on controlled delivery by means of nano- or micro-particles will be presented in this exciting session as short oral communications. The best abstracts on this category have been selected, therefore a broad range of technologies as therapeutics as well as diagnostic agents will be shown. Talks will cover from the rational design of such particulated systems up to their preclinical evaluation, this will secure the audience an overview of recent advances in the field of drug delivery.

11:50-12:00 Dr. Enrico Mastrobattista (Professor, Utrecht University, the Netherlands): Self-assembly Enhances the Immunogenicity of Peptide Epitope Vaccines


Wednesday 24th July 2019 

10.00-12.00 Nanomedicine and Nanoscale Delivery (NND) Focus Group Scientific Session

The use of nanosystems has opened multiple new doors in the field of drug delivery, and has become an extremely popular research focus area throughout the world. A number of exciting advancements in the field have already improved the therapeutic potential of old and new drugs. Still, the massive potential of nanomedicines is not yet within our grasp and efforts in the field are largely exploratory. The Nanomedicine and Nano-Scale Delivery Focus Group will serve investigators from universities and research institutes with scientific interests on the development of nanomedicines for drug delivery applications, industrial researchers from companies with R&D in nanosystems and experts from regulatory boards, all under the umbrella of CRS. Our vision is to foster an integrative and progressive discussion forum for all those engaged in the wide field of nanomedicine and biomedical nanotechnology.

10.25-10.50 Dr. Cristianne Rijcken (Chief Scientific Officer & Founder, Cristal Therapeutics, the Netherlands): CriPec® platform and lead product CPC634: principles, nonclinical evaluation and clinical translation


10.00-12.00 Gene Delivery and Gene Editing (GDGE) Focus Group Scientific Session

The Gene Delivery and Gene Editing (GDGE) Focus Group session will focus on creating a better fundamental understanding of the barriers to gene delivery and editing, designing improved carriers, and realizing opportunities for therapeutic intervention. Relevant topics include nucleic acid-based approaches for generating therapeutic proteins (e.g. mRNA, pDNA), eliminating disease causing proteins (e.g. siRNA, miRNA, ASOs), and precisely editing the genome (e.g. CRISPR/Cas, TALENs, ZFNs). This session aims to learn from past successes in nucleic acid delivery, while also looking ahead to the challenges and opportunities in mRNA and CRISPR/Cas. 

11.30-11.40 Dr. Pieter Vader (Assistant professor, University Medical Center Utrecht, the Netherlands): A Novel Stoplight Reporter System Enables Rapid Detection Of Functional Delivery Of Cas9 And sgRNA on a Single-cell Level



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