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PDA EU00144 Freeze-Drying in Practice

Oct 24 - Oct 28, 2022
Osterode am Harz, Germany

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Program Highlights

This training course will offer hands-on exercises on freeze-drying machinery throughout the 5 training days.

Overview

Freeze-drying, also termed lyophilization or sublimation drying, is a gentle drying technique. It has been used in the pharmaceutical industry for many years to improve the stability of medications.

Biopharmaceuticals in particular require an especially gentle manufacturing process due to their complex and thermosensitive molecular structure. In this regard, freeze-drying represents the method of choice for improving storage stability of biopharmaceuticals, which is insufficient in the liquid formulation. While presently already approximately 60% of these products are freeze dried, a further increase in this percentage is to be expected in the coming years.

A freeze-drying process is divided into three stages: freezing process, primary drying, and secondary drying. The freeze-dryers necessary for this are complex, computer-controlled systems. The main components are a vacuum chamber with vacuum pump and ports for attaching the product as well as the cooled condenser, where deposit of the subliming steam from the product occurs on its surfaces. Automated cleaning and sterilization units complete the range of functions. Production freeze-dryers are integrated into process lines and equipped with automatic loading and unloading systems to satisfy both aseptic requirements and higher product throughput while at the same time decreasing error rates.

Agenda

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Monday, 24 October 2022

    12:00
    Reception and Welcome Coffee


    12:30
    INTRODUCTION
    Collection and clustering of the questions and expectations contributed by the participants


    13:00
    THEORY 1 – INTRODUCTION TO FREEZE DRYING PROCESSES

    • Why lyophilization?
    • History and development
    • Examples in daily life and pharmaceutical industry
    • The freeze-drying process
    • Freeze-drying equipment
    • Pros and cons of lyophilization 

    13:45
    THEORY 2a – BASIC PRINCIPLES OF FREEZE DRYING PROCESSES

    • Basic principles of freeze-drying processes
      • Physical understanding
      • Critical process parameters
    • Development and composition of a (biological) formulation
    • Primary packaging components

    14:30
    Coffee Break
    14:45
    THEORY 2b – BASIC PRINCIPLES OF FREEZE DRYING PROCESSES
    • Product attributes for designing lyophilization cycles
      • Differential scanning calorimetry
      • Freeze-drying microscopy
    • Analytical characterization of lyophilizates including solid state characterization
      • Residual moisture (Karl Fischer, NIR)
      • Reconstitution time
      • Thermodynamic state (X-ray powder diffraction)
      • Specific surface area (BET)
    • Cake appearance at different levels

    • 15:30
      THEORY 3 – DEVELOPING OF A FREEZE - DRYING PROCESS

      • Development of a lyophilization cycle
        • Which are the most important parameters?
        • How to choose them?
        • What happens if they are not chosen adequately?
      • Finalization of cycles
      • Discuss the loading scheme

      17:15

      End of Traning Course Day 1 & Transfer to the Recommended Hotel


      18:40

      Transfer from the Recommended Hotel to Networking Event


      19:00

      Networking Dinner sponsored by Martin Christ 


      21:15
      Transfer to the Recommended Hotel

  • Tuesday, 25 October 2022

    8:30
    Transfer from the Recommended Hotel to Martin Christ Facility


    9:00
    Recapitulation and Summary of Day 1


    9:15
    PRACTICE 1 - PREPARATION OF SOLUTION

    • Compounding of formulations
      • Calculation of composition
      • Compounding
    • Filling
    • Stoppering

    Freezing experiment with distilled water under a vacuum to develop a general understanding of the critical temperature


    10:45
    Coffee Break


    11:00
    THEORY 4 - PROCESS CONTROL TOOLS

    • Thermal resistance measurement (Lyo-RX)
    • Comparative pressure measurement (Pirani/capacitive pressure measurement)
    • Wireless temperature measurement (WTM)
    • Conductance sensor
    • Method presentation (in theory and practice)

    13:00
    Lunch Break

    13:45
    PRACTICE 2 - PROGRAMMING

    • Programming the freeze-dryer with the programs developed in Theory 3

    14:45
    PRACTICE 3: FREEZING BEHAVIOR
    • Loading of the shelves
    • Positioning of the thermo couples
    • Start of the lyophilization program

    15:15
    Coffee Break


    15:45
    THEORY 5 - OPERATING PRINCIPLES OF THE FREEZE DRYER

    • Overview of different operating and construction principles of freeze dryers
    • Construction principle of the freeze dryer and its device modules
    • Performance figures (port sizes, condenser sizes, evacuation times)
    • Chamber system
    • Cooling & vacuum systems
    • Filter systems
    • CIP/SIP
    • Interaction of the device modules in the freeze-drying process

    16:45
    THEORY 6 - LYO QUALIFICATION

    • Explanation of the sequence DQ-RA-IQ-OQ-PQ
    • Measures for maintaining the qualified state

    17:30
    PRACTICE 4 - A GLANCE AT FREEZE DRYERS

    • Discussion of the current status of the process
    • What is evident/what is not yet evident

    18:15
    End of Training Course Day 2 & Transfer from Martin Christ Facility to the Recommended Hotel

  • Wednesday, 26 October 2022

    8:30
    Transfer from the recommended hotel to Martin Christ facility


    09:00
    PRACTICE 5

    • Discussion of the current status of the process in the freeze dryer
    • Recapitulation of key learnings from Day 2

    9:30
    PRACTICE 6 - TOUR OF THE PRODUCTION ROOMS OF MARTIN CHRIST [Coffee Break included]

    • Introduction to the different size classes of freeze dryers
    • Introduction to the functional modules of the freeze dryer
    • Visualization of the basic analogy of the functional modules across the size classes
    • Explanation of the step-by-step production process for freeze dryers

    11:30
    PRACTICE 7 - INTRODUCTION TO THE GENERAL ORDER OF EVENTS IN OPERATION

    • Brief explanation of all workstations
    • Explanation and instruction on the logistics

    13:00
    Lunch Break

    13:45
    PRACTICE 8: WORKSTATION OPERATION SEQUENCE 1

    • Calibration of pressure sensor/vacuum sensor
    • Calibration of temperature sensor
    • Shelf temperature mapping
    • Roughness measurement

    14:15
    CONTINUATION PRACTICE 8: WORKSTATION OPERATION SEQUENCE 2


    15:00
    Coffee Break

    15:15
    CONTINUATION PRACTICE 8: WORKSTATION OPERATION SEQUENCE 3


    16:00
    CONTINUATION PRACTICE 8: WORKSTATION OPERATION SEQUENCE 4


    16:30
    PRACTICE 9

    • Discussion of the current status of the process in the freeze dryer

    17:15
    End of Training Course Day 3 & Transfer from Martin Christ facility to the Recommended Hotel

  • Thursday, 27 October 2022

    8:30
    Transfer from the recommended hotel to Martin Christ facility


    9:00
    Recapitulation of key learnings from Day 3


    9:15
    THEORY 7 - MAINTENANCE AND FAULT CORRECTION

    • Introduction to the most frequently occurring faults
      • Diagnosis
      • Most probable causes
      • Correction
    • Introduction to a preventative maintenance concept
    • Presentation of examples of defective components with explanation of the causes

    10:15
    THEORY 8 - CIP & SIP

    • Inspection of CIP & SIP systems
    • Cleaning validation
    • Sterilization qualification
    • Turn-around concept

    11:00
    Coffee Break

    11:15
    Elastomeric Closures for Lyo Applications
    Guest Presentation: Francis Carroll, West
    remote


    12:00
    Modeling of Lyophilization Processes
    Guest Presentation: Alex Juckers, Martin Christ


    12:45
    Lunch Break


    13:30
    Headspace Moisture and Water Activity Applications for Lyophilized Product
    Guest Presentation: Derek Duncan, LIGHTHOUSE Instruments

    remote


    14:15
    THEORY 9 – CONTROLLED NUCLEATION

    • Technology Overview

    15:15
    Coffee Break


    16:15
    PRACTICE 10

    • Discussion of the current status of the process in the freeze dryer
    • Visual control – examples

    16:30
    Conceptual Planning of Lyoloading in Projects 
    Guest Presentation: Alexander Wagner, Motus Engineering


    17:30
    End of Training Course Day 4 & Transfer to the Farewell Dinner 


    18:00
    Farewell Dinner 


    20:30
    Transfer to Recomended Hotel


  • Friday, 28 October 2022

    8:30
    Transfer from the recommended hotel to Martin Christ facility


    9:00
    PRACTICE 11

    • Unloading the freeze dryer
    • Evaluation of the process chart
    • Determination of reconstitution time
    • Visual Inspection
    • Assessment of the different results

    10:00
    Q&A and Conclusions


    11:00
    End of Training Course

Trainers

Francis  Carroll
Francis Carroll
West Pharmaceutical Services
Derek I. Duncan
Derek I. Duncan
LIGHTHOUSE Instruments
Alex Juckers
Alex Juckers
Martin Christ Gefriertrocknungsanlagen
Julian Lenger
Julian Lenger
Bayer
Sascha Pfeiffer
Sascha Pfeiffer
Pharmbiocon
Alexander Wagner
Alexander Wagner
MOTUS Engineering

Additional Information

  • Learning Objectives

    Learning Objectives

    You will be thoroughly familiarized with the freeze-drying process. The structure and operating principle of freeze-dryers are introduced and the interaction of the different functional groups is explained.

    Emphasis is placed on technical support, calibration of the most important sensors, qualification of the system and preventative maintenance. You will learn how to identify and remedy the most frequently occurring system malfunctions. Understanding the maintenance plan rounds off your skills of servicing a freeze-drying system.

    Cleaning and sterilization requirements are discussed intensively and their technical application will be demonstrated on the freeze-dryer. Technical concepts are introduced for automatic loading and unloading.

    Interactive training elements, exercises and experiments in the laboratory and production areas constitute a large part of the course. After you have been familiarized with the theoretical background, you will carry out a freeze-drying process to completion under the guidance of experienced experts. The results are examined, potential errors and their avoidance are discussed thoroughly. You will obtain insight into the procedures for cleaning and sterilization and will also carry out these processes yourself.

    The practical character of the meeting is furthermore supported by the fact that you may pose questions from your everyday work, which will then be discussed collectively. You will receive advice from the experts and have the opportunity to exchange with the other course participants.

  • Who Should Attend

    This training course is geared to operators of pharmaceutical freeze-drying systems. It particularly addresses employees in the areas of:

    • Production
    • Technology
    • Qualification/Validation
    • Quality Assurance who are responsible for the planning, purchasing, operation, usage and qualification/validation of freeze drying systems.

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Training Facility: Martin Christ Gefriertrocknungsanlagen GmbH

An der Unteren Söse 50
Osterode am Harz, Germany

Training Facility: Martin Christ Gefriertrocknungsanlagen GmbH
  • Accommodations

    Hotel Nearby

    PDA Europe recommends the reservation at the following hotel and PDA Europe reserved a limited number of rooms until 03 October 2022.
    A transfer during the event from and to this hotel is guaranteed.

    The general terms of business are valid at the hotel.

    HOTEL SAUERBREY ****
    Friedrich-Ebert-Str. 129
    37520 Osterode am Harz / Lerbach
    Tel.: +49/ (0)5522-5093-0
    Fax: +49/ (0)5522-5093-50
    Email: [email protected]
    www.hotel-sauerbrey.de
    Price per Room and Night: Upon Resquest

    Distance to the venue: 7. 5 km (11min by the car)

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Nearest Airport: Hannover Airport - HAJ 109 km, 70 min by car Airport Phone: +49 511 9770

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Martin Christ Gefriertrocknungsanlagen GmbH is located at An der Unteren Söse 50, Osterode am Harz, Germany.

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