(PRWEB) September 24, 2013
GEA Process Engineering and G-CON Manufacturing announced today that they have entered into a PCMM (Portable Continuous Miniature & Modular) manufacturing collaboration with Pfizer Inc. with the aim of developing the next generation of oral solid dose (OSD) processing technologies to address the rapidly changing requirements of pharmaceutical development and manufacturing. This collaboration brings together three companies with leading capabilities in product development and manufacturing, OSD processing equipment, and portable, self-contained Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) facility modules, known as “PODs.” A preliminary engineering study has already been completed, and the new collaboration will focus on the fabrication and qualification of a prototype unit.
“We are very enthusiastic to be working with Pfizer, a leading multinational pharmaceutical corporation, and G-CON to develop a turnkey solution for a continuous and portable manufacturing system,” says Jan Vugts, Managing Director, GEA Pharma Systems. “This project is another milestone in the advancement of the GEA Process Engineering Continuous Manufacturing activities in pharmaceuticals. It builds on the experience of Pfizer and GEA in Real Time Release and has the capability to set the next standard for OSD manufacturing.”
The goal of the collaboration is to create a system that integrates small footprint, continuous/semi-continuous processing equipment, smart control systems, and PODs to process active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) powders and inactive ingredients through to bulk tablets or capsules. PODs, which are portable and can be rapidly deployed, are a cost-effective alternative to large, highly capitalized manufacturing facilities with fixed equipment and limited flexibility. "G-CON's team is very excited to be part of this project and to again demonstrate the flexibility and quality of our autonom
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