This has been a vibrant year with 12 MSc students and 10 Brazilian students doing their research projects in Pharmaceutical Quality by Design. We were pleased to have Thermo Fisher Scientific, BASF SE, Ashland and Merlin Powder Characterisation supporting five of the projects. The students were mentored by a team of industrial advisors, (Keith Purdy, Mark Gibson and Elaine Stone; former AstraZeneca) and DMU staff (Walkiria Schlindwein and Michael Goodman).
The focus of the projects was continuous processing. The students used a twin screw extruder (Pharma 11 HME, kindly loaned to us by Thermo Fisher Scientific) to develop wet granulation and hot melt formulations. They also compared continuous and batch processes for performing wet granulation. We would like to thank Thermo Fisher Scientific, BASF SE, Ashland and Merlin Powder Characterisation for their support.