Kaho Kwok, PhD at Purdue University, College of Pharmacy has received a $50,000 fellowship from the United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) for the study of Raman spectroscopy used in counterfeit medication analysis.

Kaho Kwok, PhD at Purdue University, College of Pharmacy has received a $50,000 fellowship from the United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) for the study of Raman spectroscopy used in counterfeit medication analysis.

Dr. Kwok’s area of research is the detection of counterfeit medicines through excipient characterization using Raman spectroscopy and multivariate curve resolution. Focusing on scientific efforts to combat counterfeit drugs through identifying excipients, which are the inactive substances that pharmacologically active ingredients are mixed into in medicine, he is researching the use of multivariate curve resolution to improve the efficiency of the Raman spectroscopy analysis.

The USP fellowship program offers up to three years of funding to advance small molecule drugs, biologics and biotechnology, excipients, food ingredients and dietary supplements quality standards, as well as topics of scientific interest to USP.

By S. Imber