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PDA EU00182 Practical Guidance on Formulation Development for Lyophilised Pharmaceuticals

Sep 14, 2023
Seville, Spain

  • Education
  • Europe

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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, and cycle development, including the iterative approach, and the use of PAT (Process Analytical Technology) for monitoring the process.


  • Thursday, 14 September 2023

    Welcome, Opening Remarks and Introductions

    Introduction to Freeze-Drying

    Factors Effecting the Rate of Sublimation

    Coffee Break

    Typical CQAs and Excipients in Freeze Dried Products

    Frozen State Characterization

    Lunch Break

    Overview of Process Analytical Technology Used in Monitoring Primary Drying

    Cycle Development and Scale Up: Use of the Iterative Approach

    Coffee Break

    Cycle Development and Scale up: Use of the Iterative Approach

    Round-up Discussion and Questions

    End of Training Course


Andrew Bright
Andrew Bright

Additional Information

  • Learning Objectives

    Learning Objectives

    • Gain a basic understanding of the freeze-drying process, together with the factors that influence the product and process.
    • Understand how to determine a product's critical temperature prior to freeze-drying.
    • Review formulation development to gain an 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.
    • Gain a basic understanding of typical Process Analytical Technology (PAT) to monitor the freeze-drying process and to determine whether primary drying is complete.
  • Who Should Attend
    • R&D Scientists
    • Formulation Scientists
    • Product & Process Scientists/ Managers
    • Quality Control Departments

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Melia Lebreros

C. Luis de Morales, 2
Seville, Spain
Phone: +34 954 57 94 00

  • Accommodations

    PDA recommends the reservation at the following hotel

    Melia Lebreros
    C. Luis de Morales, 2
    41018 Seville

    Tel: +34 954 57 94 00

    PDA Europe has reserved a limited number of rooms by 01 August 2023.

    Book your room at the PDA Group Rate via the above-mentioned reservation button.

  • Amenities

    The hotel is located in the heart of Seville, next to the Royal Alcazar and the Plaza de Espana including a 270 qm swimming pool and a fully equipped fitness area.

How to Get Here

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The hotel is only 8 kilometers away from Seville International Airport.

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On site parking is available. Please contact the hotel for more information.

Other Options

Only 30 minutes by train from the airport to the hotel.


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