Francesca Buttini has extensive experience in the field of development of innovative pulmonary products, in particular her main research area is the formulation and testing of DPIs. She is an expert both in particle engineering and in development of carrier-based formulations, as well as in the characterisation of the products and their dissolution. Dr Buttini is Associate Professor at the University of Parma (Italy) and in 2014 she was appointed as Visiting Lecturer at the Institute of Pharmaceutical Science at King’s College London (UK). To date, she has published several original papers and patents in the field of drug delivery systems and she recently received the Drug Delivery to the Lungs (DDL) conference emerging scientist award.