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NEPIC Pharmaceutical Event: Continuous Processing – Introduction & Advantages

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March 8, 2016

Piramal Healthcare | Whalton Road
Morpeth, Northumberland  NE61 3YA United Kingdom

9:00 am - 4:30 pm


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One of the major trends in pharmaceutical manufacturing today is the introduction of continuous processing. Whilst the theoretical advantages of changing from batch to continuous are known – reduced plant size, reduced energy usage, improved quality, improved containment, and shorter processing times – the practicalities of implementation remain a barrier to change.

NEPIC has gathered expertise from technology companies, pharmaceutical manufacturers and Universities through this one day event to offer:

  • Practical advice for continuous process introduction,
  • Explain the potential advantages,
  • And address the perceived barriers.

NB. Please note that the venue has changed to Piramal Heathcare in Morpeth.


08.30 Registration & Networking including Tea & Coffee
09.20 Introduction & Welcome Philip Aldridge, NEPIC
09.30 The wider implications of adopting Continuous Processing Gareth Jenkins, AM Technology
10.00 Advantages and engineering issues associated with Continuous Processing Nigel Fletcher, Amec Foster Wheeler Energy
10.30 Introduction of a continuous manufacturing process Martin Inskip, MSD
11.00 Comfort Break
11.15 Process control issues associated with implementation of Continuous Processing Malcolm Knott, Industrial Technology Systems
11.45 Advantages of flow chemistry Graham Sandford, Centre for Sustainable Chemical Processes, Durham University
12.15 Advantages of Continuous Processing: Processing time reduction, reduced intermediate handling, reduced energy usage Mark Bratt, Intensichem
12.45 Lunch break & Networking
13.40 Afternoon Welcome for NEPIC’s Chairman Ian Swales, NEPIC
13.45 Process intensification with solids Kamelia Boodhoo, School of Chemical Engineering & Advanced Materials, Newcastle University
14.15 Advantages of continuous vs batch. Process development & regulatory issues in crystallisation & formulation Craig Johnston, Continuous Manufacturing & Crystallisation, University of Strathclyde
14.45 Process analytics & QbD for Continuous Processing Jarka Glassey, School of Chemical Engineering & Advanced Materials, Newcastle University
15.15 Comfort Break
15.30 Spotting continuous opportunities, process development of continuous processes and flexible systems for continuous manufacturing Jeremy Double, BRITEST
16.00 Panel Discussion All Speakers
16.30 Event Close



Aesica Pharmaceuticals Ltd, AM Technology, Amec Foster Wheeler, Aptuit (Oxford) Ltd, Attric Ltd, Biochemica, BRITEST, Calysta UK Ltd, CEAM (Ncl Uni), Centre for Process Innovation Ltd, CMAC, Strathclyde Uni, Cogent Skills, Durham University, Fine Organics, Flexim Instruments UK Ltd, Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies, Haden Freeman, Intensichem, ITS Ltd, MSD, Newcastle University, Shasun, Siemens plc, Swedish Biomimetics 3000 Ltd, The TTE Technical Training Group, Thermal Compliance Ltd, UKTI, WH Partnership Ltd, Processium


ITS, Flexim Instruments UK Ltd, XQ Digital Resilience & Piramal


Directions to Piramal Heathcare
Morpeth train station location & time tables
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NB. Mercure & Sleeperz recommend for proximity to Newcastle train station. Trains run direct from Newcastle to Morpeth, alternatively it is approx. 40 minutes but car, allowing for rush hour traffic on the A1.

For further information regarding the event, please contact NEPIC’s Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology Project Manager, Philip Aldridge, via or call 0191 516 4400.

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