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PDA West Coast Chapter Parenteral Particulate Matter Testing and Identification of Particles Event

Apr 18, 2019
Brisbane, CA

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Foreign and Particulate Matter is a Universal Test required as per USP<1> Injections and Implanted Drug Products (Parenterals). This presentation highlights USP requirements and guidelines concerning the particulate matter in parenteral products. The following QC test methods will be addressed:

  • Visual examination
  • Particle counting by light obscuration
  • Microscopic particle counting

If visible particles or high levels of sub-visible particles are encountered - identification of these particles is required to determine the source so the process improvements can be implemented and regulatory compliance maintained. We will also review common analytical techniques used to identify particulate matter.

Several case studies will be presented to illustrate the approach taken to identify various parenteral particles and the information obtained from the various analytical techniques.

About the Speaker

Bryan Wickson is the Manager of Materials Sciences within the Health Sciences Division of Exova. The Material Sciences team focuses on physical characterization of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and polymeric products by using techniques such as FTIR spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction, particle counting and sizing, thermal analysis, molecular weight determination, mechanical testing, light microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. These projects range from QC testing to - method development/optimization, failure analysis, and medical device 510K programs.

In addition to material characterization and testing, Bryan has participated in projects related to the development of novel medical devices and drug containing parenteral devices. Before joining Exova, Bryan's research activities related to the surface modification of polymeric biomaterials and the evaluation of these materials' ability to selectively adsorb specific proteins when brought into contact with blood.

Bryan earned an Engineering degree in the field of Biomaterials Engineering from the University of Guelph.


    • 6:00 p.m. Registration/Networking
    • 7:00 p.m. Complementary Buffet Dinner
    • 7:45 p.m. PDA WCC Announcements
    • 8:00 p.m. Presentation by Bryan Wickson, Manager of Materials Sciences, Exova
    • 9:00 p.m. Closing Remarks

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Bryan Wickson


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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Francisco Airport North

5000 Sierra Point Parkway
Brisbane, CA


Registration Fees

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PDA Member (membership will be verified) $45 + $4.37 FEE
PDA Non-Member $50 + $4.67 FEE


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