The Technical Research Centre of Finland, VTT has developed a new method, which increases product development cycle. This process will also enhance the competitiveness of drug development and reduce costs. VTT is working in collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline, GSK, one of the leading international pharmaceutical companies, to enhance quality control for drugs by using Process Analytical Technologies (PAT). The goal of the PAT is to develop drug process production analysis into real-time quality control and to decrease significantly production costs.
VTT’s optical measurement methods, in drug production, will help pharmaceutical companies increase the quality and safety of their products. Manufacturing cost of drugs play an important role in the cost of pharmaceutical products, as 40% of the price is coming from production.
One of the major problems in developing drug manufacturing processes is the lack of fast and reliable measurement techniques. At the moment, the quality measurement technique consists mainly of slow laboratory analyses, which do not enable real-time quality control. The effective manufacturing of a drug takes only one to two days whereas in practice the whole manufacturing process may take as long as 30-60 days.
Irene Hernberg | alfa
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