CMAC Innovations in Continuous Work-up Workshop
The EPSRC CIM CMAC launched a call in June 2013 for funding “iCON” projects which stimulated the Centre’s engagement with the wider UK research community under the Continuous Processing Work-Up Theme. Continuous work-up is an area outside the Centre’s core research but was identified as a key gap in enabling the uptake of continuous processing at the initial industry workshop held at Novartis, Basel to identify key problem statements. This allows the project outputs to expand the Centre’s knowledge and understanding of the pre-crystallisation supply chain. On 25th October 2013 seven successful iCON project awards were announced, which included two small scale equipment projects and five longer term research projects ranging from six to twelve months duration. Industrial mentors provided steering and stimulated interest in this area. In February and March 2014, project kick-off meetings took place for all seven projects as detailed below.
A workshop was held in March 2015 where all project leads showcased their work. The event was also attended by
interested parties from CPI, the KTN, industrialists and academics where the portfolio was conceived to be key to
driving the uptake of continuous processing.
The morning comprised 6 stimulating presentations from Frans Muller (University of Leeds), Alexei Lapkin Cambridge University), Svetlana Ignatova Brunel University), Paulo Filliponi (Ian Baxendale group, University of Durham), Andrea Rayat and Mike Hoare (UCL), Eric Sliwinski (Steve Ley group, Cambridge University). The afternoon was spent assessing the current landscape identifying key gaps, areas requiring continual improvement and other groups/companies who are active in this area. There was also time for networking and detailed 1:1 discussions. CMAC has provided a short report to attendees and any other interested parties and will use this to drive and
influence funders in this under-researched area.