Careering around in Cheltenham!

By Katrina Brockbank

Last month I attended the Cheltenham Festivals “Careering Around” careers fair. Run by STEMNET (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics network) the careers fair aimed to introduce young people to the professional opportunities that exist within science and engineering by giving them the chance to speak with people just embarking on a career in relevant fields.

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The missing link?

By Tim Freeman

I recently attended the Arden House Conference (48th AAPS Annual Arden House Conference) which this year was focusing on advances in pharmaceutical material characterisation and their importance in the effective application of QbD. There were some great presentations introducing a number of methods for testing mechanical properties of particles, such as their ductile behaviour, tangibly illustrated using playdough, and tensile strength, which for a rice cracker turned out to be relatively low! Progress in measuring surface characteristics, and other particle-particle interactions, including Van der Waals forces, to understand the impact of coating was also demonstrated. Continue reading

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First stop India

By Dr. Nishil Malde

Hi, my name is Nishil, General Manager of Asia Pacific for Freeman Technology. I have almost completed my first year with Freeman Technology, one that’s been packed with developing our business in such a dynamic part of the world that I’m only now making my first appearance on the Free Flow blog, but I hope it will be the first of many.

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Celebrating success in continuous tableting

By Tim Freeman

A recent article published in the The Chemical Engineer “Non-stop Pharma – Centuries in the making” (TCE, Issue 860, February 2013) discusses the collaborative project that has led to the world’s first commercial continuous tablet making facility, now installed at GSK’s site in Ware, UK. The project recently took top prize at the IChemE’s Innovation and Excellence awards and we extend our congratulations to the group. This really is an impressive technological advance, which has – as the article so rightly points out – been a long time coming.
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Splitting tablets

By Tim Freeman

A recent request from Pharmaceutical Technology Europe for some input on a Q&A about tablet splitting reminded me of the criticality of what at first sight may seem a relatively trivial issue. In fact, the production of scored tablets – whether new drugs or generics – presents some very particular challenges for tablet manufacturers as I highlight in the Q&A. Increased FDA scrutiny of the issue over recent years1,2 has raised awareness here and focuses attention on analytical techniques that can help to ensure the delivery of a uniform dose, when only a fraction of the tablet is taken.

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Remembering Derek Geldart

By Tim Freeman

It was with sadness that we learned of Derek Geldart’s death in December. Derek was, of course, a powerful intellect and a true pioneer in the world of powder characterisation but beyond that I knew him personally as a generous- spirited man, always willing to freely share his expertise and experience.

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Tell us what you think…

By  Tim Freeman

It’s almost two years since we posted the first Free Flow blog. Since then, I and various members of the Freeman Technology team have written about everything from moving premises and Christmas decorations to granulation and very specific areas of powder research. Continue reading

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Happy holidays

By Tim Freeman

Around the world we all celebrate different holidays and festivals, and honour individual cultures and customs, and here in the UK the Christmas season is now well underway. With family both here and in Sweden I can appreciate the similarities as well as the differences in our celebrations. And I have to say I always enjoy Christmas wherever I am!

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Preventing a foul up

By Jamie Clayton

As the introduction to this month’s IChemE one-day event reminds us, powder fouling is a topic that is conspicuous by its absence from the literature, but from a practical standpoint is one that can be insidious and cause enormous disruption. I know that looking for ways of avoiding it can often be the trigger for people to contact us. So I’m very pleased to be taking part in ‘Powder fouling: Measuring, predicting and understanding reliability in powder handling’, which is organised by the IChemE’s Particle Technology Special Interest Group on 27th November in Birmingham, UK.

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A whole new world

By Katrina Brockbank

Hi, my name is Katrina Brockbank and I’m a recent recruit to the Freeman Technology team based in the UK, having taken the job of Powder Technologist just over six months ago. I’ve been specialising in the area of powder flow for the last three years while studying for my PhD so my new role is perfect. It’s great to have access to an FT4 Powder Rheometer®, having previously heard so much about them.

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