Dr. Tatavarti is a Principal Scientist in the Oral Formulation Science and Technology group at Merck Research Laboratories. He has more than 14 yrs. of industry experience with expertise in the areas of immediate and modified release, solubility enhancement and differentiated complex dosage form development. He is the author/co-author of more than 25 published manuscripts, patent applications and abstracts. He holds a PhD in pharmaceutical sciences from the University of Maryland and conducted doctoral research in the area of microenvironmental pH modulation in controlled release systems. Since joining Merck, he has worked across various indications, but has dedicated majority of his time towards designing and advancing complex delivery systems, in the NCE and PVE space, for HIV and Oncology indications. He led the formulation development for approved HIV products, PIFELTRO and DELSTRIGO. He is also a subject matter expert on extrustion-spheronization, pediatric formulations and encapsulation.