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PDA EU00171 Optimize Your Freeze-drying Process

Using Analytical, Visual and Mechanistic Approaches

Sep 13, 2021
2:00 PM
5:30 PM
| W. Europe Standard Time
  • Virtual
  • Education
  • Online
  • Europe


A successfully optimized freeze-drying cycle will provide reliable, safe processing in an efficient manner. Each stage of the process – freezing, primary drying and secondary drying – poses its own challenges. Many factors influence the design of the cycle, including the specific thermal characteristics of the product, the type and amount of product per batch or container, and the capabilities of the processing equipment to be used.  

This training course provides an overview of how to develop an optimized freeze-drying process. It will go through each critical stage required to optimize a cycle including: an overview of the freeze drying process, formulation design of freeze dried products, characterization of the formulation in the frozen state prior to freeze drying, cycle development and scale up for freeze drying process (including the iterative approach and also the use of “new” SMART software), and the use of PAT (Process Analytical Technology) for monitoring the process.   


  • Monday, 13 September 2021

    14:00 CEST
    Welcome, Opening Remarks and Introductions 

    Overview of the Freeze-Drying Process


    Freeze Dried Formulations and Typical Use of Common Excipients


    Frozen State Characterization


    15:45 CEST
    Comfort Break

    Overview of Typical Process Analytical Technology used in Monitoring Primary Drying


    Cycle Development and Scale up: Use of the Iterative Approach and Use of SMART Software


    Round-up Discussion and Questions


    17:30 CEST
    End of Course


Andrew Bright
Andrew Bright

Learning Objectives

  • Gain a basic understanding of the freeze-drying process, together with the factors that influence the product and process. 
  • Characterization to determine a product critical temperature prior to freeze-drying. 
  • Review formulation development to gain understanding of typical excipients and their purpose in a formulation. 
  • Learn about typical CQAs in freeze dried products, what factors influence these attributes, and methods of monitoring and controlling attributes.  
  • Learn how to develop a freeze-drying process using the traditional iterative (stepwise) approach and how this compares to the use of SMART software. 
  • Gain a basic understanding of typical Process Analytical Technology (PAT) to monitor the freeze-drying process and when primary drying is complete. 


Who Should Attend

  • R&D Scientists
  • Formulation Scientists
  • Product & Process Scientists/ Managers
  • Quality Control Departments

Registration Fees

Registration Type Price
All Participants €300

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