Extending the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy's mission to lead pharmacy education, scientific discovery, patient care, and community engagement across the state of Maryland and beyond, the Applied Pharmaceutics Lab (APhL) provides accessible and affordable services to researchers at all levels of product development.

Under the direction of Stephen W. Hoag, PhD, the Applied Pharmaceutics Lab (APhL) assists researchers at universities, government agencies, companies and suppliers at all levels of research and development.

APhL features top-notch expertise and resources for pharmaceutical pre-formulation, formulation development, analytical methods development, and testing. There are also suites for non-clinical manufacturing research and development, and early stage GMP manufacturing.

Working in the GMP facility

Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Facility

The GMP facility ensures medications given in clinical trials have the proper safety, quality, and purity attributes. In a short video, director of the GMP facility and professor of pharmaceutical sciences, Steve Hoag, describes his facility's capabilities and mission. 

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Learning in the Lab

Register for an Upcoming Tablets & Capsules Hands-on Short Course

This course uses lectures and hands-on laboratory sessions to take students from raw material assessment and formulation development, through the key unit operations of tablet and capsule manufacturing, all the way to end-product testing and quality control.

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Cutting-Edge Equipment and Technology

State-of-the-Art Equipment and Facilities

The GMP Facility is equipped with modern research laboratories for analytical, preformulation, and formulation research, as well as suites for non-clinical manufacturing research and development and some GMP manufacturing capabilities.

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Fully Equipped Industrial Pharmaceutics Lab

Explore Our Wide Ranging Capabilities

The GMP Facility boasts a fully equipped industrial pharmaceutics laboratory (IPL). The IPL has three 500 square-foot fully equipped laboratories, one 500 square-foot GLP laboratory, and six GMP pharmaceutical manufacturing suits.


Clients benefit from APhL's collaborations with other renowned organizations, such as the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, the Mass Spectrometry Center, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Cochrane Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Field.

The APhL at the School of Pharmacy provides un-matched expertise and high quality pharmaceutical services while still maintaining affordable pricing. At APhL, creativity, quality and affordability are all part of the deal.