"The FBRM technology, where applied appropriately, can facilitate improved optimization of drug product formulation and process parameters, bridging of in vitro to human bioavailability performance, and elucidate complex physical stability changes."
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) September 10, 2014
METTLER TOLEDO has initiated a collaboration with Actera Pharmaceuticals, San Francisco, to expand the applications of Focused Beam Reflectance Measurement (FBRM) probes into pharmaceutical solid dosage form development. An FBRM in situ particle size tracking instrument is located in Actera's product innovation labs at the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3@953) in San Francisco. Mark Menning and Sean Dalziel are founding partners in Actera Pharmaceuticals, with pioneering expertise in pharmaceutical dosage form development.
"We find FBRM can elucidate the kinetics and mechanisms of tablet, granule, and particle deagglomeration in dosage forms, and is a more sensitive physical characterization method than compendial USP dissolution", said Menning. "The FBRM technology, where applied appropriately, can facilitate improved optimization of drug product formulation and process parameters, bridging of in vitro to human bioavailability performance, and elucidate complex physical stability changes", said Dalziel. Actera provides this application as a service to pharmaceutical and biotech companies.
FBRM technology measures particles and droplets in concentrated suspensions and emulsions in real-time, without sampling and preparation. Unlike other offline particle size analysis techniques, FBRM can track changes in particulate systems capturing rapid or subtle kinetic events. FBRM has been extensively applied to Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) crystallization. Expanding its utility to development and optimization of tablets and capsule products is a natural fit for FBRM technology. "We are delighted to collaborate with Actera Pharmaceuticals as we advance the applications for dissolution and solid dosage formulation" said Des O'Grady, METTLER TOLEDO Particle System Characterization Market Development Manager.
About Actera Pharmaceuticals
Located at qb3@953 in San Francisco, Actera Pharmaceuticals offers general CMC consulting services from API to drug product design. Actera Pharmaceuticals specializes in fixed-dose combination products that aid in simplified dosing regimens across therapeutic areas. The co-founders of Actera Pharmaceuticals each have over 18 years pharmaceutical development experience and have been involved in the launch of a combined 7 commercial pharmaceutical products
About METTLER TOLEDO
METTLER TOLEDO provides the enabling technology, software and people that can help build a seamless workflow to translate bench scale chemistry into a commercial process. For more than 20 years, our enabling tools and services have been a strategic resource providing critical information for thousands of development scientists and engineers. Companies have used that knowledge to accelerate the discovery, development and scale-up of new chemical processes spanning the chemical and biopharmaceutical industries.