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In This Issue - Winter 2013 Newsletter

In praise of diversity

Optimising powders for additive manufacture

Testing high performance coatings

An introduction to powders

Launching powder seminars in Europe

Conference connections

 

In praise of diversity

A growing body of literature from pharmaceutical manufacturers suggests that many are now widely using QbD (Quality by Design), PAT (Process Analytical Technology) and, more recently, CM (Continuous Manufacture), to enhance their processes and manufacturing operations.

A published article from Vertex Pharmaceutical Incorporated in a recent AAPS news magazine exemplifies this trend and presents a clear vision of how QbD/PAT and CM in combination can bring down both development and manufacturing costs. It's great to finally see these advances in the public domain, illustrating how the vision that has been so extensively talked about over the last decade is now being put into practice.

Tim Freeman

 

Optimising powders for additive manufacture

If you are facing a tough powder processing challenge, or simply want to understand more about powders, then you may be interested in our new publication "An Introduction to Powders". Written in a straightforward, easy-to-digest style, this is the first of a new series of white papers that will build into a comprehensive foundation for those looking for the latest, unambiguous guidance on all aspects of powder behaviour and characterisation.

Please click here to request your copy of the white paper.

And watch out for the second in the series which examines different options for powder testing - coming soon.

 

Testing high performance coatings

We're delighted to welcome Patrick van Barneveld to the new role of Product Manager for Central Europe. Operating from Almelo, The Netherlands, Patrick will establish a direct company presence in the region to strengthen local sales and application support in a number of countries including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands, Poland and Switzerland. With a rich and varied career history in pharmaceutical consultancy, Patrick will be perfectly placed to help those working with powders to solve their challenges of powder processing and characterisation.

To get in touch with Patrick please click here.

 

An introduction to powders

This year saw our first workshop in Brazil and our first exhibition there. Following on from these successful events we are pleased to report the appointment of a new distributor for Brazil: dpUNION. Abel A. F. Ribeiro, Product Manager at dpUNION said, "With over 25 years of experience in supplying and supporting laboratory instruments in Brazil, dpUNION is proud to announce this new partnership with Freeman Technology. The FT4 will enable us to consolidate an important need for researchers, scientists and industry professionals to measure the properties and characterise the behaviour of powders, in formulation, production processes and finished products."

To contact dpUNION click here.

 

Launching powder seminars in Europe

Our work continues with GEA Pharma Systems and their continuous wet granulation technology, ConsiGma1. The project is intended to scope the flexibility of this versatile manufacturing platform and determine how process variables impact material attributes. Currently we are focusing on correlating the dynamic properties of granules with critical quality attributes of the finished tablets, such as hardness and weight variation. Please click here to request a copy.

 

Conference connections

Applications Specialist John Yin is heading to Kansas State University as one of the presenters at the university's Bulk Solids Handling, Storage and Flow Course, which takes place from 11 - 14 November, where he will talk about the flow properties of bulk solids. It was recently announced that Kansas State University is planning a new bulk solids innovation center in Salina, KS, that will be used to study and increase the understanding of bulk solids materials handling.