The three production lines are all provided with full automation of the two vessels and respective process skids through dedicated software and HMI/PLC systems. Two lines are being installed in South Korea and the third one in India. They will all be operational in 2016 and will contribute to the production and commercialization of controlled drug release medication in a targeted manner that will improve the wellbeing of millions of suffering patients.
The Microsphere Refiner range was awarded the best mechanical process innovation at ACHEMA 2015 Awards and best Innovation in 2016 by the Queens Awards for Enterprise in Great Britain.
Following the success of this innovation and increased demand for process support, PSL opened a Center of Process Excellence (COPE) in 2016 in Philadelphia, USA. The centre hosts feasibility studies, trials and process development laboratory and pilot plant. Drug devlopers will be able to use the facilities and work with a senior process engineer to develop new drugs and optimize their manufacturing.
* The author is Technical Manager at PSL India