Industrial Pharmacy Laboratory

A catalyst of scientific progress, the Industrial Pharmacy Laboratory (IPHL) at USciences is a GLP-compliant pharmaceutical research facility offering complete drug delivery research services.

Funded by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund and the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, IPHL occupies 4,500 square feet of state-of-the-art space in the historic Griffith Hall.   

A legacy of innovation

Dr. Robert King opened the core laboratory facility in the 1960s. Several decades later, Dr. Joseph Schwartz developed IPHL into a center of active collaboration with the pharmaceutical industry.

Under the directorship of Dr. Pardeep Gupta, the laboratory has recently evolved into a full-scale research facility serving the needs of the current drug pipeline, including small molecules and proteins.

IPHL stands on a strong foundation of pioneering scientific achievement. USciences began in 1821 as the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy—the first such college in North America. And it was here that Joseph Price Remington published what is now considered the standard text in the field, Remington: The Science and Practice of Pharmacy.

Total access

In addition to the full array of instrumentation and equipment focused on cost-effective pharmaceutical drug delivery, IPHL clients have access to numerous resources available through USciences’ core facilities on campus, including chemistry, bioimaging, bioinformatics, and the vivarium.

World-class faculty

Industrial Pharmacy Lab

The USciences Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences provides most key personnel for IPHL—scientists with an average experience of over 20 years in areas of drug discovery, drug delivery, formulations, and protein research.

The entire Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and departments of chemistry and biology also contribute their expertise and facilities.

Empowering partnerships

IPHL works with other academic institutions and area GMP companies to fulfill clients’ clinical and marketing needs. The lab’s location in Philadelphia’s University City area creates collaborative opportunities with Drexel University, University of Pennsylvania, Jefferson University, and the Science Center.

Shaping the future

Through IPHL, USciences students—tomorrow’s pharmacy leaders—have the opportunities to hone their skills and gain invaluable bench experience working on real research projects alongside experts in the field.


Dr. Pardeep Gupta
Director, Industrial Pharmacy Lab


McNeil Hall, Room 103