An EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) Centre for revolutionising the way pharmaceuticals and other chemicals are made is being officially launched today (Friday, 8 April).
The collaborative initiative involving leading academics and industrialists, led by the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, is seeking quicker, more effective and more sustainable methods of manufacturing products such as medicines, foodstuffs, dyes, pigments and nanomaterials.
The research team plans to develop a better understanding of the way these products form and to improve ways to control this, using new processes for manufacturing. The chemical and pharmaceutical sectors are worth 113 billion to the UK economy annually in sales and the new national EPSRC centre will improve and accelerate the production of a broad range of products.
In particular, by delivering better control over the process of crystallisation, the research team will create new opportunities for innovation in solid chemical products such as pharmaceuticals.
The new Centre will allow leading research teams to work together to develop technologies that ensure medicines and other materials can be produced using continuous manufacturing approaches, rather than using traditional batch methods. A key aspect to this is developing crystallisation technologies that deliver better control than is currently possible. In addition to the more efficient use of materials and resources, these techniques offer the opportunity to reduce running costs by up to 60% and energy requirements by up to 70%.
Strathclyde is leading the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Continuous Manufacturing and Crystallisation, which also involves the Universities of Bath, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Heriot-Watt and Loughborough. Substantial support is also being provided by industry partners that include GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Fujifilm, British Salt,
|Contact: Paul Gallagher|
University of Strathclyde