We worked with CambTEK to develop a new system for the pharmaceutical industry that can significantly improve quality of data and productivity of the laboratory and manufacturing facility.
Conventional technology in the pharmaceutical industry means that, before a solid-dose sample (such as a tablet, capsule or suppository) can be analysed, it must first be extracted and dissolved in a specific volume of diluent. This is a complex process, especially when carried out on large numbers of samples, and it represents a time-consuming activity for highly trained scientists whose time could be more profitably employed elsewhere.
Furthermore, a complex manual process, such as sample preparation, is highly vulnerable to analyst errors and is difficult to reliably reproduce between different analysts and laboratories. The complex and lengthy process can often lead to a bottleneck in sample preparation and negatively impact the overall workflow of the laboratory or manufacturing facility.
Using intellectual property developed and licensed by PA, CambTEK has developed and launched an automated rapid extraction system that will transform how solid-dose samples are prepared. Rather than redesigning processes from end to end, the concept brings together specialist knowledge of turbulent flow, ultrasonics, mechanics and machine building, and can be incorporated into existing laboratory processes without causing disruption.
The result is increased productivity and more accurate data, leading to improved quality control, quality assurance and efficient and lean processes for the pharmaceutical company.