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APS Freeze drying and alternative drying technologies for parenterals

28 January 2015 - Loughborough

Freeze drying - is there an alternative process technology to consider for your biopharmaceuticals?

A very successful one day meeting was held to look at the latest challenges and opportunities in the preservation of biopharmaceuticals. The meeting explored new developments in the established technology of freeze drying and discussed possible alternatives of spray drying, protein crystallisation and supercritical fluid drying of biopharmaceuticals.

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APS Parkinson's Disease: From Patient to Product
TUESDAY, 24 MARCH 2015
Venue: GSK, Ware Tuesday 19th May 2015. Parkinson’s Disease affects one in 500 people, with an estimated prevalence of 127,000 people in the UK with the condition. The use of medicines is a mainstay in treatment and can lead to an improvement in symptoms and movement. However, as the disease progresses, this presents challenges to patients, carers and prescribers in terms of what to prescribe and how it is administered. These challenges require science and clinical practice to come together to develop solutions to optimise treatment management for patients. This one-day meeting organised by the Age-Related Medicines Focus Group, will showcase the latest research in science and clinical practice pertaining to Parkinson’s Disease, present the perspectives of patients, and highlight regulatory perspectives in drug development.. The APS is grateful to GSK for their contribution to this event. As part of their 300th year celebrations, GSK are hosting a number of scientific events including this one.. For more details on the programme, fee's and to register, please visit us online here:. http://www.apsgb.co.uk/EVENTS/20150519/Default.asp. .
APS Inhaled Product Development Workshop: The science and strategy to facilitate development of an aerosolized medicine
THURSDAY, 19 MARCH 2015
Burleigh Court, Loughborough Thursday 11 and Friday 12 June 2015. The workshop is organised by the APS Inhalation Focus Group. Leaders: Eddie French, TEKH Consulting Ltd Martin Rowland, Pfizer WW Pharmaceutical sciences Purpose: To provide an overview of the basics and fundamentals of aerosol science and the broad spectrum of scientific disciplines involved in the process of inhaled product development. This workshop is aimed at helping scientists new to the area to understand the development area in which they work and to put their role into context. It will introduce them to ‘language’ of product development to facilitate involvement in project teams or understand customer needs. Target Audience: Project scientists from industry and academia, group supervisors, project managers and business development professionals who wish to increase their knowledge of both the basic science and the wider process of Inhaled Product Development. This course would be suitable for scientists from large and small pharma, academia and the Biotech and CRO sector. Format and Content: This workshop will be run for two days with presentations from academic and industrial experts who have considerable experience in the area of inhaled product development. This will be augmented by an interactive drug development case study to reinforce the key aspects of the course. Topics to be covered:. Overview of the process of developing an inhaled product from discovery to market. API: desirable physical and chemical properties for inhaled product development and methods for characterization. Formulations: for preclinical, clinical and the market. Inhalation analytics: overview of key tests and techniques. Devices: Device design and development, the device-formulation interface and the device–patient interface; the development of a combination product. Inhaled toxicology. Design of toxicology studies and how they are undertaken, formulation of test article and placebo for inhaled studies, understanding the output. Clinical studies: Design and implementation of Phase 1 to Phase3 clinical studies. Dose setting, how to dose range, SAD/MAD studies, end points and biomarkers, running a study, blinding requirements, understanding outputs and stopping rules etc. Regulatory aspects: Principles of developing products within the regulatory framework, relevant guidelines, and interactions with regulatory agencies Manufacturing and technology transfer: Scale up strategies, QbD, common problems and how to overcome them. Generic development and bioequivalence: In vitro - in vivo correlation, device strategies, guidelines. Cost of the workshop including all notes, meals and one night’s accommodation is included within the registration fee. To view the programme, course fees and to register, please visit us online at:. http://www.apsgb.co.uk/EVENTS/20150611/Default.asp. .
RPS Symposia: Advances in Technology Impacting the Pharmaceutical Industry
THURSDAY, 19 MARCH 2015
Friday 17th April University of Strathclyde Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences Hamnett Wing. The APS would like to take the opportunity to inform you of the following symposia.. Advances in Technology Impacting the Pharmaceutical Industry will be held on 17 April 2015 at the University of Strathclyde.. Six top class pharmaceutical scientists and practitioners from across Europe will present innovations and discuss the implications of these advances on industrial pharmacy at this year's Scientific Symposium.. During this interesting and an interactive afternoon, you'll also have the chance to interact with your colleagues in the pharmaceutical industry and academia.. 13:00 Lunch 14:00 Introduction – Prof Jayne Lawrence, RPS Chief Scientist 14:15 Future Supply Chains for the Pharmaceutical Industry – a Collaborative Approach – Prof Clive Badman, GSK/University of Strathclyde 15:00 University of Strathclyde, CMAC capabilities – Prof Alistair Florence, SIPBS 15:30 New Medicine Evaluation, Scottish Medicines Consortium – Prof Angela Timoney 16:00 BREAK 16:15 Biotechnology in the Industry – Dr Christoph Schmidt, Ferring 16:45 Phar-IN – Competences for industrial pharmacy practice in biotechnology: Under/Postgraduate courses for the future – Prof De Paepe VuB, Belgium 17:15 CRUK Formulation unit – Prof Gavin Halbert 17:45 Closing remarks – Jean-Pierre Paccioni, President EIPG. FREE: Undergraduates, Post Graduates, Academic Staff £50 All other attendees. For more information, please visit: http://www.rpharms.com/conferences/scientific-symposium-2015.asp.
Chairman's Blog
TUESDAY, 3 MARCH 2015
Your Academy moves on in 2015. ​. . I am delighted to reflect on the excellent work of the membership of APS in supporting the Focus Groups (FGs) and the new structures of Board and Extended Leadership Team set up at the AGM in 2014 to deliver on a strong programme for 2014-15. This is now available on the website. http://www.apsgb.co.uk/events/default.asp. A report from the first of these events, APS Freeze drying and alternative drying technologies for parenterals, can be viewed on the APS website. http://www.apsgb.co.uk/. The Board and the Extended Leadership Team which includes all the Focus Group Chairs are engaged in a very inclusive process and are working well. The first joint meeting of both in October looked at the programmes and the next in April will look at APS strategy and embed the needs of the focus groups within it. I can’t express strongly enough my thanks to all of you who make the APS work so well - please keep it up.. Each of the Focus groups is currently writing a one pager to highlight their hot topics and suggesting what can be done to work with the wider APS membership on them. These documents will link the day-to-day interests of the FGs and will be available for discussion at the April meeting. I am really keen to try and ensure that all hot topics of interest to our members are captured in the document that Mark McAllister and the FGs are preparing. If you are not a member of a focus group (? why not?) please send your ideas and suggestions to Carol O’ Connor (carol@apsgb.org) or me and we will make sure they get discussed. APS is an organisation run for the members by the members and you all have a voice.. Much of the science which interests our members has the patient at its heart. We are often asked how does our particular science work for the benefit of the patient and I’m interested to hear your views. This theme was at the heart of our PharmSci conference in 2014 with a thought provoking lecture by the Science Chair, Linda Hakes. We will ask each Focus Group to consider if there is a strand or an aspect of their interest which could reflect this theme and we hope that this material will form the basis of articles we can use to publicise APS.. A really good example of our facilitation role is the current project funded by Innovate UK on paediatric formulation where we worked to engage the participants and will have a strong role to communicate the project results to the wider community.. Of course a lot of our other scientific interests do not link directly to patients but we do have communities which serve the food, cosmetics and materials sectors and it would be good to be able to make statements on their behalf too.. You will see from this blog I am trying to gain material to show the leading sectoral interest groups the added value which the Academy provides. It is important in these days of effective cost control that our value is clear and helpful and I will continue to work with you to ensure that our message is strong.. The programme for PharmSci has just gone up on the website http://www.ukpharmsci.org/ and is a strong one focussed on innovation and led by this year’s Science Chair, David Jones from Queens University, Belfast. Last year we had a good range of exciting science in the poster session and I would encourage our young scientists and their supervisors to submit their abstracts http://www.ukpharmsci.org/Abstracts in good time. There has been a real buzz about our conference each year and this year, in East Midlands Conference Centre, I’m sure it will be the same. I look forward to meeting you there.. Bill Dawson, Chair, APS.
 
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