C&EN, November 13, 2017
Building on its accumulated expertise in all major areas of API development and cGMP manufactures, Hovione is expanding its scientific know-how and industrial production capabilities on a variety of technologies to widen its ability to provide customized solutions for advanced APIs (aAPI™).
Hovione has recently installed the latest design of advanced technology spray-drying facilities. This industrial unit is able to operate under the most stringent cGMP conditions. Designed to support both Custom Synthesis and Generic Products customers, Hovione’s state-of-the-art equipment enables it to offer a full range of API production capabilities. From few grams for galenic feasibility testing in a lab-scale unit to full production scale, Hovione offers all expertise and capabilities for successful product development.
The new industrial unit has the versatility of operating as a conventional spray dryer or as a fluidized spray dryer and is designed to isolate from either aqueous or organic solvent feeds. In conventional spray drying operation the process involve continuous atomization of solutions, suspensions and emulsions to generate ultra-fine particles (below 5-10 mm) either in amorphous or crystalline form. In fluidized spray drying, the unit produces dustless free flowing agglomerated powders (up to 400 mm) that can be directly compressible, have increased bulk/tap density, and demonstrate improved wettability /dissolution behavior. Operation in either mode can have applications for processing thermally labile APIs, co-processing APIs with inactive ingredients, as-well-as aid in the reduction of residual solvents and OVIs. The manipulation of the operational parameters during spray drying offers the possibility to control the design of the particle and it’s attributes to meet the requirements of final product. Optimal sizing and shaping of particles, together with a variety of encapsulation options, improves product stability and bioavailability. Spray-drying also overcomes micronization issues associated with conventional grinding and jet milling processes.
Moreover, complementing Hovione’s growing suite of cutting-edge capabilities, the company has also acquired a freeze-dryer and invested in Supercritical Crystallization and Sonocrystallization (crystallization assisted by ultrasound), which further enhances its particle engineering credentials.
In summary, Hovione is a world-class company dedicated to the process development and compliant manufacture of APIs and aAPIs for the Pharmaceutical Industry. With a 40-year track record of quality standard and advanced particle design technologies, such as micronization, jet milling and spray drying, Hovione offers APIs for all drug delivery systems, from oral to injectable and from inhalation to topical applications. With FDA inspected plants in Europe and the Far East and a Technology Transfer Centre in New Jersey, no manufacturing partner is better positioned to support your API development from gram scale to commercialization.