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Development of a Freeze Drying Process

Nov 29 - Nov 30, 2018
Seville, Spain

This workshop will give a thorough introduction into the Physics and Thermodynamics of Freeze-Drying. It comes with an additional overview about technical aspects to be considered and gives an overview about current technologies available on the market.

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Program Highlights
Bring your own samples for discussion.


This workshop will give a thorough introduction into the Physics and Thermodynamics of Freeze-Drying. It comes with an additional overview about technical aspects to be considered and gives an overview about current technologies available on the market. It is created to introduce all people who are professionally linked to Freeze-Drying and might be of special interest for cycle developers (R&D), upscale & transfer specialists, project managers & engineers, process & site engineers, qualification & validation specialists. Open problem examination allows you to bring in a current problem linked to Freeze-Drying. The group will discuss and evaluate possible approaches for troubleshooting.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed specifically for:

  • Cycle Developers (R&D)
  • Upscale & Transfer Specialists
  • Project Managers & Engineers
  • Process & Site Engineers
  • Qualification & Validation Specialists
  • Members of Parenteral Production Teams

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course participants will know the basic principles of all Freeze Drying aspects:
  • Physical / Thermodynamic Theory of Nucleation, Sublimation and Desorption
  • Technical & Technological Solutions to accomplish a standard process
  • Based on the prior theory, several hands-on-sessions provide practical knowledge to design a Freeze-Drying process
  • Basics of qualification of a freeze dryer


Georg Frinke, Bayer Pharma
Georg holds a degree in Engineering from UAS, Cologne, Germany. He is Process Engineer at Bayer Pharma and responsible for the technical operation of the parenteral facility. Previously, he worked as Process Engineer for Optima (Klee) and GEA Lyophil / Steris. Among others, he is specialized in the development of customized Freeze-Drying processes (particularly upscaling with PAT) and in the qualification (FAT, SAT, IQ, OQ, PQ) of pharmaceutical freeze dryers.


  • Thursday, 29 November 2018



    • Introduction to Drying Technologies
    • Overview of the Freeze Drying Process
    • Properties of Water
    • Properties of Heat Transfer during Lyophilization

    Nucleation (with Parallel Hands-on)

    • Scientific Basics
    • Freezing Process
    • Sensors & PAT

    Coffee Break

    Nucleation (Cont.)

    • Hands-on: Freezing of Sucrose in a Lyo with integrated thermo-resistant measurement

    Lunch Break


    • Scientific Basics
    • Drying Process
    • Sensors & PAT
    • Hands-on: Ice-temperature calculation based on manometric temperature measurement

    Coffee Break


    • Scientific Basics
    • Residual Moisture
    • Sensors & PAT
    • Hands-on: Preparation and start of a lyo-process

    Bring in your Questions: Real problems of Freeze Drying can be presented and will be discussed in the group

    End of Day 1

    Friday, 30 November 2018


    Repetition of Previous Day Theory

    Hands-On: Recipe Development

    Coffee Break

    Process Design
    Derive design requirements from process requirements

    • Process requirements
    • Process steps of Lyo-cycle
    • Auxiliary processes for parenteral production

    Lunch Break

    Design of a Lyophilizer - From Engineering to Qualification

    • Vessel system
      • Shelf system
      • Chamber system
      • Condenser system)
    • CIP / SIP-Equipment
    • Qualification procedures
      • CIP-Process
      • SIP-Process
      • Leak Test

    Auxiliary Systems of a Lyophilzer

    • Aeration System with Filter test
    • Sensor Equipment / PAT Methods
    • Vacuum System
    • Heat Transfer System

    Coffee Break


    • Evaluation of the Lyo experiment & samples of collapsed probe

    End of Training Course

Additional Information

  • Learning Objectives

    Learning Objectives

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  • Who Should Attend

    Who Should Attend

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  • Accreditation


    Continuing Education for Pharmacists

    ACPE PDA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Participants may sign up to receive Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE) credits. To do so, participants must sign in at the beginning of the program, submit the provided evaluation forms and mail the CPE credit request to the address stated on the form. Attendees must be present at the full event to receive Continuing Pharmacy Education credit, which will be awarded as follows:

    PDA # / ACPE # / CEUs:
    Type of Activity: Not Applicable

    ALERT   ACPE and NABP developed the CPE Monitor that allows pharmacists to electronically track their continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credits. The CPE Monitor will reject any CPE credit requests submitted past 60 days from date of ACPE-accredited activity. Always submit CPE activity claims as soon as possible. For more information, please visit the ACPE or NABP website.
    Continuing Education for Professional Engineers
    New Jersey

    PDA is an approved provider by the New Jersey State Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors to offer courses to New Jersey Professional Engineers for Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) credit. Following the full participation in this course, participants will receive a Certificate of Accomplishment specifying the number of CPC credits that may be awarded. This certificate can be submitted as verification of completion to the Board for license renewal.

    The credit value of this course is CPC credits.
    North Carolina

    PDA is recognized by the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors as an Approved Sponsor of Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) activities for Professional Engineers licensed by North Carolina. To receive a Certificate of Accomplishment specifying the number of Professional Development Hours (PDH) that may be awarded, course participants must request the North Carolina Board of Examiners evaluation form from PDA staff. This form must be completed onsite at the conclusion of the course and returned to PDA staff.

    The credit value of this course is PDH credits.

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Calle Dr. Pedro de Castro 1
Seville, Spain

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