Dr Bäckman is senior adviser at Emmace Consulting AB in Lund Sweden. He is currently focused on the development and application of computer based mechanistic models and in vivo predictive test methods to understand critical product attributes and their influence on the disposition of orally inhaled therapeutics. This includes the impact of dose, aerosol quality and drug dissolution on the rate and extent of drug absorption from the airways. Dr Bäckman holds a PhD from the University of Lund and has been actively engaged in research and development of inhaled therapeutics since 1995. He is also the current co-chair of the Product Quality Research Institute (PQRI) sponsored working group laying the foundation for an inhaled biopharmaceutical classification system.