UCL School of Pharmacy


Interreg 2 Seas 2 Mers – SITE DRUG

Logo for the Interreg Site Drug project run by Abdul Basit at UCL

A large majority of drug products available in the pharmaceutical market deliver the drug in a non-targeted manner into the human body. The SITE DRUG project is a cross-border approach, dedicated to address the limitations of conventional drug products and overcome sub-optimal treatments through the development of basic science, innovative pharmaceuticals and medical devices for the improvement of patients’ quality of life.  

The Interreg 2 Seas SITE DRUG 2020 programme is a Europrean Territorial Cooperation Programme covering England, France, the Netherlands and Belgium (Flanders) and part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERFD).

Through Interreg 2 Seas’s specific objectives incorporating engineering, materials science, medicine, pharmacy, biology, technological innovation and the collaboration of academic research groups will drive towards the fruition of unmet global needs and challenges.

Contact Person:
Professor Abdul Basit
Department of Pharmaceutics
UCL School of Pharmacy
Project Manager
email: a.basit@ucl.ac.uk

Professor Abdul Basit

Project aim:

Development of innovative pharmaceutical formulations and technologies.


The main objective of the project is to improve the research and translation of pharmaceutical products to optimise current drug delivery systems and disease therapies.

  • Innovate drug products

For a safer and more efficient treatment of patients suffering from Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, ovarian cancer, breast resection due to cancer, and hearing loss/deafness.

  • Novel in vitro characterisation methods

Facilitating the development of this type of innovative drug delivery systems and assuring adequate quality control during productions.

  • Feasibility studies demonstrating the validity of newly developed prototypes

The main target groups are private pharmaceutical companies and medical doctors treating patients suffering from these respective diseases.

SITE DRUG Project Budget Information

Budget: € 4 885 145
Head of Project: University of Lille – Professor Juergen Siepmann - France
Project Partners: University College London (UK), University of Cambridge (UK), Technische Universiteit Delft (NL), Universiteit Leiden (NL), Universitaire de Lille (FR), Universiteit Gent (BE), Lattice Medical (FR), ProDigest (BE), Société d’Accélération du Transfert de Technologie, Nord (FR).

Activities carried out by UCL:

  • Development of colon targeting drug delivery technologies
  • Driven towards the translation of research into the pharmaceutical market and ultimately, in patients
  • Provide enhanced knowhow, network and experience for the overall success of the Interreg 2 Seas 2 Mers project

Expected outcomes:

  • Create and develop knowhow, equipment and facilities to manufacture innovative implants for site-specific drug delivery to the inner ear, colon, peritoneal cavity and breast
  • Test new prototypes, scale-up the production, translate the obtained new knowledge into practical applications
  • Treat patients suffering from the addressed diseases

Official start: 01/01/2020
End date: 31/03/2023
Find out more: https://www.interreg2seas.eu/en/Site-Drug