The Journées Galéniques of Saint-Rémy de Provence

Henri-Marcel Gattefossé, chemist and son of René-Maurice, succeeded to his father at the head of the family business and ran the Gattefossé company from 1968 to 1987. His intellectual interests were embedded in chemistry, biology, healing and health.

In the 1960’s, he connected with doctors and compounding pharmacists at Lyon’s hospital to understand how excipients could improve the delivery of certain active ingredients.From this experience grew the belief that the challenges of improving healthcare for patients were better solved collegially through the exchange of knowledge, experience and ideas.

In 1966, he gathered together a small group of friends and associates – chemists, biologists, doctors, pharmacists and researchers from the pharmaceutical industry – in St Rémy de Provence and the Gattefossé’s annual scientific meeting Les Journées Galéniques of St Rémy de Provence began.

L’Académie des Alpilles, a recognition for all participants

As a pioneer of university-industry relationships, Henri-Marcel Gattefossé founded L’Académie des Alpilles in 1966 at the same time as the first Journées Galéniques. This organization aims at gathering all academic scientists, researchers and industrials who attended to these meetings and certify them with the honorific title of “Member” of l’Académie.
So far, 730 people from 31 countries around the world have received this title in recognition to their participation to the development of scientific exchanges in galenical pharmacy.
Académie des alpilles

Celebrating 50 years of scientific exchange

In 2016, Les Journées Galéniques celebrated their 50th anniversary. Throughout the years, various topics addressing the formulation challenges in pharmacy have been discussed with the continuous ambition to inspire scientific studies and industrial innovations related to the formulation of medicines.
To mark this particular anniversary, the discussions focused on “Change, Perspectives & Partnerships » in galenical pharmacy in order to highlight both achievements of yesterday and challenges of tomorrow.
Since 1966, les Journées Galéniques‘ proceedings have been published in the form of a Bulletin Technique.
The integrality of Bulletins Techniques is available below.
We invite you to open the doors of this unique and eclectic library to benefit from this knowledge of pharmaceutical science, formulation and drug delivery.

Our Bulletins techniques

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Bulletin Technique 2018 - Lipids and polymers in pharmaceutical technology Lifelong companions

Published as an open access article in International Journal of Pharmaceutics 558 (2019) 128-142

In pharmaceutical technology, lipids and polymers are considered pillar excipients for the fabrication of most dosage forms, irrespective of the administration route. They play various roles ranging from support vehicles to release rate modifiers, stabilizers, solubilizers, permeation enhancers and transfection agents. Focusing on selected applications, which were discussed at the Biennial Scientific Meeting of the Gattefossé Foundation 2018, this manuscript recapitulates the fundamental roles of these two important classes of excipients, either employed alone or in combination, and provides insight on their functional properties in various types of drug formulations. Emphasis is placed on oral formulations for the administration of active pharmaceutical ingredients with low aqueous solubilities or poor permeation properties. Additionally, this review article covers the use of lipids and polymers in the design of colloidal injectable delivery systems, and as substrates in additive manufacturing technologies for the production of tailor-made dosage forms.

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Bulletin Technique 2015 – It’s life Jim but not as we’d like it: navigating beyond the rule-of-5

The 49th Journées Galéniques gathered together leading academics and industrial scientists from around the world to provide a contemporary and updated understanding of the challenges and opportunities in drug development for molecules which are outside the traditional ‘rule-of-5’ drug space.

In this 108th Edition of the Bulletin Technique you will find the abstracts and information about the presenters. However the majority of full articles have been published in the Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews entitled ‘Understanding the challenges of beyond the rule of 5 compounds: Volume 101 June 1, 2016.

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Bulletin Technique 2014 - It’s just mucosa, get over it… 

This year's edition is essential reading for anyone working in the delivery of therapeutic molecules across thin or thick mucosal barriers. It contains insight and foresight from leading experts in drug delivery science from around the world.

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Bulletin Technique 2013 - Exploring pharmaceutical interfaces : when oral meets topical and cosmetic formulation technologies 

Building bridges between oral and topical drug delivery, between health and beauty to reinvent tomorrow’s medicines.

Bulletin Technique 2012 - Melt techniques in solid dosage forms & GI modeling in the spotlight 

Exploring the potential of melt techniques to produce solid dosage forms and the modelization of drug release in the gastrointestinal tract.

Bulletin Technique 2011 - Supersaturating drug delivery systems 

An in depth exploration of the use of supersaturation as drug delivery systems.

Bulletin Technique 2010 -Aromatherapy : is there a role for essential oils in current and future healthcare? 

The 44th annual Conference of the Journées Galéniques (June 2010) was devoted to aromatherapy, coinciding with the 130th anniversary of the Gattefossé company and a tribute to René-Maurice Gattefossé, a pioneer of aromatherapy as we know it. This special conference focused on the potential of aromatherapy as a complementary therapy as a means of achieving improved health equilibrium.

Bulletin Technique 2009 -Paediatric drug development tackling current and future challenges 

A comprehensive overview of biological, clinical and formulation challenges associated with paediatric drug development.

Bulletin Technique 2008 - Nanotechnology for impoving drug delivery across biologicals barriers 

Description of the latest technologies available to produce nanoparticles and illustration of their potential in specific drug delivery across mucosalmembranes.

Bulletin Technique 2007 - Strategies for exploiting the full potential of oral-lipid based drug delivery systems 

Complete overview of lipid excipients for efficient oral drug delivery systems 


Bulletin Technique 2006 - 40th anniversary: Influence of lipid excipients on oral drug absorption 

Unveiling the mechanism of lipids in drug absorption and giving clues for efficient lipid based formulation.

Bulletin Technique 2005 - Drug candidate optimization, formulation and early development 

Focusing on drug candidate to better understang how to shorten the time between their selection and the development of the medicine.

Bulletin Technique 2004 - Sustained release formulation with lipid based excipient 

Sustained release formulation with lipid-based excipients, from the academic perspective to actual industrial applications.

Bulletin Technique 2003 - Challenge in drug delivery for the new millenium 

Depicting new drug delivery systems and their promising future in personalized medicines.

Bulletin Technique 2001 - Oral drug absorption: a renaissance 

Understanding the role of intestinal epithelial cells in absorption and the influence of lipids for better formulation of oral drug delivery systems.

Bulletin Technique 2000 - Frontiers in biopharmacy 

Understanding the pharmacokinetics of the drug molecules, assessing their potential using latest cell culture methods and other biopharmaceutical tools.

Bulletin Technique 1999 - Recent advances in the formulation and development of poorly-soluble drugs 

Using lipid to formulate poorly soluble drugs, keys to successful formulations.

Bulletin Technique 1998 - Strategy for delivering insoluble compounds in lipid formulations 

Optimizing the drug candidates for lipid-based formulations and using predictive studies for quicker formulation development.

Bulletin Technique 1997 - New lipidic systems enhancing the bioavailability of problem drugs 

Understanding the rationale behind lipidic systems to formulate challenging drugs.

Bulletin Technique 1996 - Semi-solid formulations and oral absorption enhancement 

Filling hard gelatin capsules with semi-solid lipid systems for oral drug delivery: all the facettes of this art are described.