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Thomas D. Roper, Ph.D. - VCU College of Engineering. Biotech Eight, 4th floor, Room 420, Richmond, VA, US

Thomas D. Roper, Ph.D. Thomas D. Roper, Ph.D.

Director, Pharmaceutical Engineering and Professor, Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering | VCU College of Engineering

Biotech Eight, 4th floor, Room 420, Richmond, VA, UNITED STATES

Dr. Roper specializes in efforts to bring engineering and science closer to patients who utilize medicines via novel technologies.






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Dr. Thomas Roper is a professor of Chemical Engineering and Director of the Pharmaceutical Engineering program for the School of Engineering. He is the principal investigator for the Pharmaceuticals on Demand project at VCU, and collaborator on the Medicines for All initiative. His research interests are in the miniaturization of manufacturing footprints, including continuous chemistry and formulation technologies. Bringing science, technology, medicine and education close to the point of use is a major theme for his research efforts. Roper was previously with GSK Pharmaceuticals for 22 years where his past positions included “Head of API Chemistry and Analysis US” and “Global Head of Exploratory Development Sciences”.

Industry Expertise (6)

Education/Learning Writing and Editing Health and Wellness Pharmaceuticals Biotechnology Chemicals

Areas of Expertise (9)

Metabolic Engineering and Biocatalysis 3D Printing of Dose Forms Long Acting Therapy Development Nanomaterials and Particle Sciences Continuous Chemical Reaction Engineering Cost Effective Therapeutic Treatments for the Developing World Drug Development Drug Discovery Pharmaceutical Innovation

Accomplishments (1)

NIH Postdoctoral Fellow (professional)


Harvard University

Education (3)

Harvard University: Postdoctoral Associate, Organic Chemistry 1993

Postdoctoral Associate in the laboratories of Professor E.J. Corey

University of Virignia: Ph.D., Organic Chemistry 1992

Virginia Commonwealth University: B.Sc., Chemistry 1986

Media Appearances (1)

VCU steps up in state push for research collaboration with eye for commerce

Richmond Times-Dispatch  print


One, led by Thomas D. Roper, a professor in the Department of Chemical and Life Sciences Engineering, is developing a system of secure automated refrigeration units to store temperature-sensitive medications in portable compartments for quick access by hospital nursing staff.

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