The development of biologic drugs for cancer treatment often requires formulations that must be lyophilized to produce stable drug products. The process of developing a drug formulation and freeze drying process begins with laboratory experiments followed by scale-up to pilot and production scale lyophilizers. A major challenge during early formulation and lyophilization process development is the cost and limited supply of API available for development and the lack of representative small scale lyophilizer that emulates a production scale dryer. Current laboratory dryers hold hundreds of vials and their operation and product drying behavior with jsut a few vials is different than with a full load of vials due to highly atypical radiation heat transfer. The process information gathered drying a few vials in a standard laboratory dryer is relatively useless. The goal of this Phase I SBIR program is to design, fabricate, test and apply a mini lyophilizer that dries one to seven product vials under heat and mass transfer conditions typicaly encountered in larger production freeze dryers. The mini lyophilizer will be outfitted with process analytical technology tools that enable the use of scientific and engineering principles for successful scale up and economically viable drug product manufacturing.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Type
Small Business Innovation Research – Phase II (N44)
Project #
261201300092C-0-0-1
Application #
8762894
Study Section
Project Start
2013-09-20
Project End
2015-09-19
Budget Start
Budget End
Support Year
Fiscal Year
2013
Total Cost
$995,276
Indirect Cost
Name
Physical Sciences, Inc
Department
Type
DUNS #
073800062
City
Andover
State
MA
Country
United States
Zip Code
01810