Marika Nespi obtained her MS degree in Pharmaceutical Science with Organic Chemistry major at the University of Parma (Italy). After moving to the US, Marika started her career in the pharmaceutical industry working as a medicinal chemist at Genentech in 2000, and then at Plexxikon in 2002. While at Plexxikon, she became a formulation researcher in 2013, and then joined the pre-formulation group at Genentech since 2018. She gained strong knowledge of pharmaceutics fundamentals (including solid state and different dosage forms) along with deep understanding of ADME/DMPK. She is currently a Senior Principal Scientific Researcher (SPSR) and supports the pipeline in pre-clinical formulation development. Her interest is in Amorphous Solid Dispersion (ASD) approach for drug delivery, and her focus is specifically on spray-dry dispersions (SDD) development for supporting pre-clinical toxicology assessment.