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Loughborough University research to revolutionise pharmaceuticals manufacturing

September 11

Loughborough University has been awarded more than £1.1 million to help revolutionise manufacturing techniques for the pharmaceuticals industry.

The main aim of the CrySys project is to improve efficiency and quality in the production of crystalline goods, such as drugs, whilst at the same time reduce wastage and energy costs.

This pioneering research is being led by the Department’s Professor Zoltan Nagy, with funding from the European Research Council.

Loughborough University has been awarded more than £1.1 million to help revolutionise manufacturing techniques for the pharmaceuticals industry.

The main aim of the CrySys project is to improve efficiency and quality in the production of crystalline goods, such as drugs, whilst at the same time reduce wastage and energy costs.

This pioneering research is being led by the Department’s Professor Zoltan Nagy, with funding from the European Research Council. It will involve the development of an ‘intelligent’ Crystallisation Systems Engineering Tool, which can react and adapt to changing operating conditions to guarantee the sustainable production of consistent, high quality crystalline solids.

Although initially it will focus on the pharmaceuticals industry, ultimately it could aid the manufacture of countless crystalline products, from enhancing food quality to the creation of more environmentally friendly pesticides.

Professor Nagy explains: “The pharmaceutical industry operates in a fast changing market and is under constant pressure to comply with more stringent product requirements, as well as the need to reduce energy demand and production costs.  To meet these needs the industry requires crystallisation processes which are flexible, easy to scale up and energy and cost efficient.  This is what I am aiming to create at Loughborough.

“The production of more than 70% of all solid products involves crystallisation, so this is an issue that affects many sectors.  This research will not only provide a breakthrough in crystallisation science, but the results could revolutionise the methods in which crystallisation will be designed and controlled in the future.”

 

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