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Continuous processing seminar attracts a full house

Continuous processing seminar attracts a full house

Published on: Monday, 10 February 2014

The two "hot topics" in chemical engineering currently are biopharmaceuticals and continuous processing of chemically synthesised pharmaceuticals.  Following the very successful evening lecture from Biomarin earlier in the week, this Institution of Chemical Engineers / Engineers Ireland seminar focused on continuous processing of pharmaceuticals.  Four superb presentations brought attendees up to speed on this topic.  Pat Kelleher and Steve Jeffery discussed the advances that have been made in Pfizer and Lilly, respectively.  Local research and development has been to the forefront in making major strides to achieving significant improvements in cost, safety and environmental impact.  Alice Redmond, of Commissioning Agents Inc. discussed the regulatory framework and the context for continuous processing.  Finally, Peter Thomas, formerly of Genzyme, explained the conversion of a process from batch to continuous, the motivators, the challenges and the underlying chemical engineering principles that led to dramatic improvements.

The seminar was chaired by Dermot O’Brien, Director of Process Development and Commercialisation, MSD Ireland, Ballydine.

 

Michael Loftus, CIT's Head of Faculty, Engineering and Science, opens the seminar

Alice Redmond (Commissioning Agents Inc.) and chairman Dermot O'Brien (Director of Process Development and Commercialisation, MSD Ireland)

Michael Loftus, (CIT Head of faculty, Engineering & Science), Dr. Michael J. O'Mahony, (Head, Dept of Process, Energy & Transport Engineering), Dr. Pat Kelleher, (Senior Manager Kilo Technology Lab Pfizer).

Dr. Pat Kelleher, (Senior Manager Kilo Technology Lab Pfizer), Dr. Steve Jeffery, (Consultant Process Engineer, Lilly) and Mr. Dermot O'Brien, (Director of Process Development and Commercialisation, MSD Ireland)

Peter Thomas (ex Genzyme), Noel Duffy, (CIT Chemical Engineering) and Tom Cleary (Byrne O'Cleirigh)

Time out for some of CIT's chemical engineering students!

Jim Larkin (MSD Brinny), Ann Toebes & Dr. Aisling O'Gorman (CIT Chemical Engineering), and Donal Kelleher (MSD Brinny)

Cilian O Suilleabhain (CIT Chemical Engineering) and Dr. Pat Kelleher, (Senior Manager Kilo Technology Lab Pfizer), looking serious

It's not all serious!

This event brought a full week of information events to a close.  Starting with the ‘Enabling Continuous Processing Knowledge Day’ which focused on secondary manufacture, through the Biomarin lecture on “Engineering Solutions to Technology Transfer and Capacity Challenges” and finally this meeting on “API Manufacturing: continuous processing”, local industry and chemical engineering students alike have been well served.  Thanks are due to CIT’s chemical engineering team, in particular Cilian O Suilleabhain and Sandra Linehan, for managing the events, to Engineers Ireland and the Institution of Chemical Engineers for organizing and to CIT’s Dept of Process, Energy and Transport Engineering for hosting.