Newsletter | May 29, 2012

05.29.12 -- Raising Expectations Of Excipients

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From The Editor

Getting Science Education Down To A... Science
By Lori Clapper, editor
The issue of science education frequently comes up in my discussions with life sciences industry members — from engineers and researchers to big pharma VPs. I’m also married to a science teacher, so this topic regularly infiltrates my family’s dinner table conversations. (On more than one occasion, my husband has expressed frustration over his school curriculum placing more importance on filling out bubbles on worksheets than on real-life learning.) Everyone, it seems, feels like the United States just isn’t doing a good job of producing new engineers and scientists. So, how do we keep kids interested in technology and science? Read more.

Featured Articles

Raising Expectations Of Excipients
By Fred Monsuur and Julia Poncher, Grace
An excipient’s role has traditionally been viewed as merely a filler or binder contributing to the stability of the end product. The full value that a formulation can bring to a final dosage form; or the real importance of ensuring an excipient’s quality and performance; are often underestimated, overlooked, misunderstood, or disregarded. In reality, the functionality of the excipient can help determine whether or not a drug succeeds or fails.


Quantifying The Impact Of Humidity On Powder Properties
By Brian Armstrong, powder technologist, and Jamie Clayton, operations manager, Freeman Technology
Of the many factors that influence powder behavior, moisture, or humidity, is perhaps one of the most instantly recognized. Adding even small amounts of water to a powder can transform its properties.


Applications And Integration Of Hydrogen Peroxide Vapor For Biotech/Bioprocess
By Richard Lucas, Ph.D., Bioquell UK Ltd.
The increase in size and scale of bioprocessing is presenting a new challenge. Traditional methods of sterilization, to maintain clean facilities, are becoming difficult to deploy in a controlled and regulatory compliant way.

Featured Downloads

The Role Of Vacuum Conveying In Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
Lean manufacturing and financial pressures loom over for pharmaceutical manufacturers. Plant managers are under expected to streamline practices, while keeping product reliability and quality high.


DisiTest 50 Automatic Disintegration Tester Datasheet
The DisiTest 50 automatically detects the disintegration time of tablets and capsules in full compliance with current pharmacopeia regulations.


Extending Lean Labor To The Back Office
If you’re like many manufacturers, you’ve already implemented Lean principles in your manufacturing operations. Now that you’ve seen the benefits of Lean within your manufacturing operations, you may be looking to implement Lean techniques in your “back office.”


10 Reasons To Add Reusability To Your Thermal Shipping Container
Based in Plymouth, Minnesota, Minnesota Thermal Science (MTS) can Control the Whethers when transporting sensitive pharmaceutical, blood and biologic products. Innovative, reusable, and disposable solutions protect sensitive payloads against transportation variables to global destinations.


Does Your ELN or Lab System Have the Right IP Protection Controls?
Just because the U.S. patent law changed from “first-to-invent” to “first-inventor-to-file” doesn’t mean you don’t need to establish the authenticity of your critical research data. Now, more than ever, the need for proving your ownership and the authenticity of your digitally based research records is paramount.


Validated Refrigerated Trucking: Turn-Key Cold Chain Solutions Brochure
Cavalier Logistics announces its dynamically mapped temperature controlled distribution. When you need to know where it is, what temperature it is at and if it is safe, use Cavalier.

Industry News

Amgen Names New CEO
New Quality Standards Limit Elemental Impurities In Medicines Announced
Pharmaceutical Industry Trends in Supporting Risk Mitigation Programs
Recipharm Secures EUR 90M For Future Growth
Bosch Showcases New Rod Insertion And Labeling Machine For Syringes
Boehringer Ingelheim Announces Positive Phase II Results For Once-Daily Tiotropium In Asthma
PPD Names David Simmons Chairman And CEO
AMRI Announces President For AMRI Europe
Mylan Launches Generic Version Of Viramune® Tablets
FDA-Led Research Team Discovers An Autoimmune Mechanism For Serious Drug-Induced Adverse Reactions
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Spotlight On Powder Handling

Metered Dry Powder Addition For Continuous And Batch Coating Processes
Coated tablets are defined as tablets covered with one or more layers of various substances such as resins, gums, inactive and insoluable fillers, sugars, plasticizers, waxes, authorized coloring materials, and sometimes flavors.

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Schenck AccuRate MECHATRON® Feeders Brochure
The revolutionary MECHATRON family of feeders, not only incorporates a superior feeder design, but also brings the automation features that drastically reduce capital investment and installation costs.

Video: FT4 Powder Rheometer Dynamic Flow Mode
By introducing a dynamic method of measuring powder flow properties, Freeman Technology has made possible the direct comparison of flowability data for different powders. A program of continuing development makes today's FT4 Powder Rheometer, a sophisticated universal powder testing system that is helping address a very broad range of powder processing challenges.

ChargePoint® BIO Aseptic Powder Transfer Valve Brochure
The ChargePoint BIO aseptic transfer valve sets new standards for the safe and clean transfer of sensitive product from process to process.

Pharmaceutical Powders: Small Sample Sizes Yield Big Results
Pharmaceutical powders are expensive in all aspects, from initial definition through development to final product. The prohibitive costs involved with pharmaceutical powders translate to small sample sizes needed to define powder flow characteristics such as flow function, bulk density and arching dimension.

DoverPac® SF Powder Transfer Systems
Custom designs meet your specific process needs, including turnkey systems for weighing powders and inventory programs to assure you will always have the right product available at the right time.
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BIO-G Webinar: Capacity Planning In Biomanufacturing — Effectively Managing Uncertainty
BIO-G Webinar: Capacity Planning In Biomanufacturing — Effectively Managing Uncertainty
Americas: May 30, 2012 | 1:00 p.m. PDT, 4:00 p.m. EDT
Europe: May 30, 2012 | 3:00 p.m. GMT, 4:00 p.m. CET

Capacity planning for new molecules in biotech is fraught with uncertainty. Supply constraints, unknown titers, and number of patients and dosing, as well as probability of technical success (PTS), make capacity planning difficult. This webinar will outline a number of approaches to understanding and managing the uncertainty associated with capacity planning. Learn more.

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