Collaborations in TDDT


The Research Centre in Topical Drug Delivery and Toxicology (TDDT) collaborates with several industrial partners worldwide including:

  • Bracco Diagnostics (US) for the clinical development of treatments for eczema
  • Chanelle Medical (Ireland) for in vitro and ex vivo equivalence testing of a generic nail lacquer
  • Futura Medical (UK) on the optimisation of topical formulation for sexual health and pain
  • Peplin (now Leo Australia) on the development to market of Picato for the treatment of actinic keratoses
  • Graceway (US) on the development to market in various packaging forms of Zyclara for the treatment of genital warts, actinic keratoses and molluscum contagiosum
  • MedPharm Ltd for the development and optimisation of MedSpray and MedTherm, its platform drug delivery technologies and numerous other multinational pharmaceutical companies including Leo, MSD NycoMedAlmirall)
  • Stiefel (GSK) on various aspects of topical and transdermal formulation development

Academic and other institutions

TDDT collaborates with:

  • the Ocular Research Group, University of Ulster in drug delivery to the eye (EPSRC CASE award)
  • the Institute of Pharmaceutical Science, King’s College London and the School of Pharmacy, University of London in ungual drug delivery (BBSRC grant in nail characterisation) and in lung drug delivery (CASE DTS award)
  • School of Pharmacy, University of Reading in eczema treatments (MRC Case award)
  • Mechanical Engineering, De Montfort University on inhaler performance
  • Chemistry, University of Bristol on single particle dynamic characterisation of inhalation aerosols
  • Engineering Design Centre, University of Cardiff in the development of medical countermeasures against chemical and biological agents
  • University of Cambridge on inhaler design
  • the University of East Anglia on the physical characterization of polymeric films for topical drug delivery and in the development of liquid crystalline gels for dermatological applications

Government agencies/departments

TDDT has collaborative links with many government agencies and departments including:

  • Public Health England
  • the Department of Health
  • the Home Office
  • the Department of Communities and Local Government
  • the US Department of Defense
  • US Department of Homeland Security
  • US Department of Health and Human Services
These links are particularly strong in the areas of dermal toxicology, skin decontamination and the development of medical countermeasures against chemical warfare agents, and they extend to other organisations including the University of Military Medicine in the Czech Republic; the Army Biomedical Research Institute, France; the Swedish Defence Research Agency; and US Army Research Institute for Chemical Defence.