Robotic scanner-analyzer for rapid, on-the-fly testing for tablet formulation and quality control in pharmaceutical manufacturing

Period of Performance: 09/15/2017 - 08/30/2018


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

SAN JOSE, CA 95138
Principal Investigator


PROJECT SUMMARY Continuous manufacturing (CM) is attracting increasing attention within the pharmaceutical industry today because it could lead to significant decreases in production costs while improving product quality. The shift towards continuous manufacturing processes increases the number of required measurements. While batch processing utilizes a ?hold and test? approach, continuous manufacturing requires consistent testing at many steps. This continuous testing approach requires complex machine interfaces to sample the product. In addition, the shift towards biologics based drug formulations has dramatically increased the complexity and frequency of measurements required during manufacturing. The complexity and risks associated with biologics increases the number of testing steps to ~250 as compared to ~50 steps for small molecules. As a result, new innovative instruments are needed to meet the demands of current pharmaceutical manufacturing, R&D and quality control. H2Optx Inc. proposes to develop a new automated multiplexed/hyperspectral imager-based scanner-analyzer that tie pharmaceutical manufacturing parameters to observed structures in powders and tablets. The contribution of the proposed research is expected to be that by developing the scanner-analyzer would significantly contribute to the current pharmaceutical manufacturing needs allowing to enhance process reliability and flexibility, drug quality monitoring and speeding up the drug R&D efforts.