A new optical instrument that could vastly reduce the amount of time the pharmaceutical industry spends in R&D, by speeding up the measurement of drug inhaler performance, is being launched by Loughborough University spin out VariDose Limited.
Heightened interest in innovative pulmonary drug delivery is fuelled by the emergence of inhaled systemic drugs and global concern over the sharp rise in respiratory conditions such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The groundbreaking product, VariDose, utilises custom-designed and state of the art opto-electronics and takes less than 60 seconds to run each test.
It enables drug delivery and pharmaceutical companies to quickly, and more efficiently, test a wide range of drug-device combinations at the development stage, without relying on standard inhaler testing methods.
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