Archive for the 'Products & Equipment' Category

Efficient Equipment Displayed at INTERPHEX

As I visited the exhibits and attended the conference sessions at INTERPHEX 2013 last week, I noticed a focus on equipment flexibility and ease-of-cleaning and changeover that enables manufacturing efficiency. Read more »

Improving Inhaled-Product Testing

The challenge of developing orally inhaled nasal drug products (OINDPs) is complicated by the interplay between drug-delivery devices and formulation. An article in the February 2013 issues of Pharmaceutical Technology and Pharmaceutical Technology Europe, “Improving Inhaled Product Testing: Methods for obtaining better in vitro-in vivo relationships,” discussed testing equipment and techniques. PharmTech recently interviewed the author, Mark Copley, sales director at Copley Scientific, to gain further insight into the importance of this topic. Read more »

Surveying Trends in Equipment Innovation

Are equipment innovations keeping up with manufacturers’ needs? What do industry members think about quality by design and process analytical technology? The editors at Pharmaceutical Technology and Pharmaceutical Technology Europe are currently running a survey of trends in finished drug product manufacturing and innovation in pharmaceutical equipment and manufacturing to gain feedback on these and other questions. Are you involved with machinery and equipment for solid dosage or parenteral products? Click here to take the survey. Read more »

Real-time Data Aids Continuous Manufacturing

How to optimize continuous processing and make it work in pharmaceutical manufacturing is a crucial issue. Real-time devices for continuous feeding processes, among many other topics, were discussed at a seminar I attended last week. The seminar, “Advances in Pharmaceutical Processing”, was sponsored by K-Tron, which supplies material handling and feeding systems. Read more »

Biopharma, Are You ReadyToRock?

Biopharmaceutical manufacturing has certainly come a long way in terms of innovation, but now it has many more miles to go, literally—on a truck.

On Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, I will be attending GE Healthcare Life Sciences’s ReadyToRock Tour 2012 in Piscataway, New Jersey. This 1000-ft2 mobile suite features the company’s ReadyToProcess platform, which contains bioreactors, filters, tubing and connectors, chromatography systems, and columns—all preconditioned, ready to plug in, and use. GE’s team of experts will also be on board for live presentations and demonstrations of the equipment.

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Single-use Systems Proliferate

Jennifer MarkarianThe biopharmaceutical industry is increasingly turning to disposable, single-use systems that offer flexibility and cost benefits. This trend was evident at the Interphex 2012 exhibit in New York earlier this month in the disposable systems and components that were prominent in many booths. Exhibitors commented that disposable systems were unheard of at Interphex as little as six years ago, but now they are everywhere. Read more »

A New Way to Share Best Practices

Angie Drakulich PharmTech editorEver wish you were a fly on the wall in another laboratory? Well, a new journal website offers the industry opportunities to do just that—to see through video how other scientists carry out particular experiments and processes. Read more »

I Sell Therefore iPad?

Peter HoustonEarlier this month, Apple’s iPad hit the streets of Europe. In the US, the company sold more than two million in the first 60 days of its release and, although we don’t know sales figures for Europe yet, consumer interest has been feverish. 2010 predictions of more than 6 million units worldwide no longer seem ambitious. Apple kicked off its European iPad sales in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and the UK, with universal availability expected before the end of the year.

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FDA Addresses Thefts and Security

Angie Drakulich PharmTech editorA few months ago, I blogged about how theft of pharmaceutical cargo—from warehouses, parking lots, and even the road—is on the rise. This week, FDA issued a letter to stakeholders about this very problem (the letter is posted on the Rx-360 website. Read more »

Appearing Live at the Javits Center!

Erik Greb PharmTech editorSpring is in the air, and it’s time for a trip to the Javits Center for the annual INTERPHEX conference and exhibition. The editors of Pharmaceutical Technology and BioPharm International have arranged a series of interviews during the conference. We’ll be talking to pharmaceutical professionals, information-technology experts, and regulators about current challenges in manufacturing and about what the future might bring. Read more »

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