Regular visitors to this blog will be familiar with recent continuous flow chemistry events in what I consider to be a very exciting, fast-developing area of chemistry. When I was reading the recent blog post regarding the upcoming Pfizer Flow Technology Expo, I thought about other upcoming flow chemistry events, including: Continue reading →
Commitment and investment to develop the use of Process Analytical Technology (PAT) is a primary reason why the pharmaceutical industry is able to find ways to streamline and improve manufacturing processes. However, there are significant challenges when implementing Process Analytical Technology (PAT) into larger-scale manufacturing, such as compatibility of measurement instrumentation with classified hazardous areas and the existing processing infrastructure. Even more important is how to sample the chemistry in situ. The majority of reactor vessels in commission today lack suitable entry points for the measurement technology that requires there modification or replacement, which can significantly increase project costs or prohibit implementation entirely. Continue reading →
This week, I was in New Orleans attending the 2010 American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Annual Meeting. The AAPS Meeting combines a large trade show with technical presentation and poster sessions running in parallel.
At the 2010 AAPS meeting, hot topics included Quality by Design (QbD), Process Analytical Technology (PAT) and the drive towards real-time release for pharmaceutical products. FBRM and PVM technologies were well represented with numerous posters and presentations focusing on their use to understand, optimize and control particle size distribution during drug product formulation. Continue reading →
On Tuesday, November 2, METTLER TOLEDO held its 1st Symposium in Cambridge, MA, hosted by Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR). The success of the Symposium went beyond expectations: 65 scientists representing a large variety of small companies (CoNCERT, Cubist, Tetraphase), larger companies (Pfizer, Dow, Amgen), and research institutions (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) attended the event. The main themes of the Symposium were crystallization and process safety. Des O’Grady and I started by giving an overview of the technologies later covered by the industry speakers: Focused Beam Reflectance Measurement (FBRM®), Particle Video Microscope (PVM®), EasyMax™, RC1, and ReactIR™. Continue reading →
The 2010 American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Annual Meeting will be held November 14 to 18 in New Orleans. As thousands of pharmaceutical scientists from around the world prepare to gather for the AAPS conference that is being held in conjunction with the International Pharmaceutical Federation’s (FIP) Pharmaceutical Sciences World Congress (PSWC), I wanted to highlight some papers that will discuss how to track particle distribution in real-time: