Exclusive insight from experts in the lyophilization industry
SMi Group reports: Leaders in the lyophilization industry to share their expertise and knowledge at SMi’s 4th annual conference - Lyophilization USA, November 15 - 16, New Jersey. Recently, event organisers caught up with some of them to discuss key challenges within the lyophilization field.
A brief overview from Q&A sessions with:
- Fabrice Schlegel - Senior Engineer at Amgen
- Mohamed AbouGhaly - Postdoctoral Researcher at Purdue University
- Timothy McCoy, Associate Director, Pharmaceutical Development Biologics at Sanofi
*****What do you see as the greatest challenge to overcome in the field at the moment?*****
Fabrice Schlegel: Lack of resources invested by biotech companies in the development of more innovative processes for lyophilization.
Mohamed AbouGhaly: The greatest challenge is in turning process from a trial and error approach to a more systematic and predictable approach.
Timothy McCoy: Scalability is always a challenge; especially with the freezing step. There are currently techniques out there to better control the ice nucleation process, and to allow better control of primary and secondary drying.
*****What technology has really caught your eye in the Lyophilization field in the past year?*****
Fabrice Schlegel: The move from in-vivo to in-silico experiments to reduce the experimental burden related to lyophilization process development.
Mohamed AbouGhaly: The continuous advances in wireless temperature probes that can monitor products in process.
Timothy McCoy: I am not sure if there have been many new technological innovations over the last year, that are completely new to the field. However, many technologies have been improved and expanded. I am interested in the mini lyophilizer systems such as microFD and LyoCapsule; PAT technologies such as LyoDEA.
Full transcripts are available on the Download Centre of lyophilization-usa.com
To hear presentations from Timothy, Mohamed, Fabrice and many other industry experts, reserve your ticket at http://www.lyophilization-usa.com/pharmphWL
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Lyophilization USA Conference| November 15 - 16, 2018 | New Jersey