Diana Fernandes

Inhaled Biopharmaceutical Development Scientist at Hovione

Diana A. Fernandes holds a MSc Degree in Biological Engineering by Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, 2015.

She joined Hovione in the same year as an Industrial PhD Candidate in collaboration with Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Lisbon, specializing in spray dried composite formulations for dry powder inhaler delivery of biopharmaceuticals, namely enzymes.

Since 2018, Diana has also been working as an Inhaled Biopharmaceutical Development Scientist at Hovione R&D Drug Product Development Department, supporting the development and tech-transfer of Spray Drying and Jet Milling projects of inhalable clinical products ranging from small to large molecules, from lab to industrial scales.

She was one of the recipients of the prize for Women in Science at the 22nd Congress of the International Society for Aerosols in Medicine (ISAM), Montreux, Switzerland last year.


Formulation and Spray Drying Process Development of Inhaled Biopharmaceuticals


  • Inhaled Biopharmaceuticals: Current Outlook;
  • Dry Powder Formulations for Biopharmaceutical Delivery: Overview of Drying Technologies;
  • Spray Dried Formulations for Biopharmaceutical Delivery:
    1. - The “Why”;
    2. - The “Challenge;
    3. - The “How”;
    4. - Path Forward