The History and Medical Impact of Polymeric Drugs - Detlef Albrecht


The History and Medical Impact of Polymeric Drugs: From Ancient Terra Sigillata to Prescription Drugs in the 21st Century - A Passing Experience for 1000 years

Detlef Albrecht
President & Chief Executive Officer
Sorbent Therapeutics



The presenter will cover the history of polymeric drugs and their impact on certain medical conditions, and review the latest wave of therapeutic polymeric drug developments. Focus will be placed on concepts and breakthroughs in the 1940s & 50s which led to the first two approved polymeric drugs, polystyrene sulfonate for potassium management and cholestyramine for cholesterol lowering. A second focus will be on the rediscovery of polymeric drugs in the 1990s and the second wave of drug developments which led to the approval of sevelamer (Renagel®) for phosphate lowering, colesevelam (Welchol®) for cholesterol lowering, and bixalomer (Kiklin®) for phosphate lowering. Lastly, there will be an update on the ongoing development of RLY5016 for potassium management and CLP1001 for treatment of symptoms in heart failure.

Speaker Background

Dr. Albrecht has two decades of experience in drug development, building companies, and executive management in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. He has led or co-led the development of several products currently on the market which generated more than $3 billion in sales in 2009. He is currently President and CEO of Sorbent Therapeutics, a Bay Area company developing polymeric drugs for cardiovascular and renal diseases. From 2004 to 2009 he served as the Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President, Research and Development for Relypsa and Ilypsa, where he led the development of several polymeric drugs. Before that he was Vice President of Clinical Development and Member of the Management Board at ALZA Corporation, acquired by Johnson & Johnson in 2001 during his tenure there. He started his industry career in 1992 at Schwarz Pharma in Germany and he holds both medical and doctorate degrees from the Rheinisch Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH University) in Aachen, Germany.

Practical Information

Social Hour begins at 6PM
Dinner begins at 7PM
Lecture begins at 8PM

Early Registration Deadline: July 16, 5PM
Registration Deadline: July 23, 5PM or when capacity reached

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Broiled Salmon with Lemon Beurre Blanc
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Grilled Vegetable Brochette with Wild Rice

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