29 Oct 2021
Developing greener inhalers for treating asthma and COPD
Researchers are looking at ways to boost the performance and lower the environmental impact of millions of inhalers used for treating asthma and COPD.
Working with Kindeva – a drug manufacturer based in Loughborough – the University is developing a new way to deliver medication to the lungs via an inhaler using greener propellants.
Lead researchers Dr Hendrik Versteeg and Professor Weeratunge Malalasekera, of Loughborough’s School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering, are developing computational techniques that model how the drugs are inhaled and delivered to the lungs.
The aim of the project will be to reduce the amount of CO2 released by canisters, which is estimated to be about 8.91 million tonnes per year worldwide.