About the Masterclass

Lyophilisation, or freeze-drying is a key practice within the Pharmaceutical industry, as it is necessary for the effective long term storage and transport of biologics and other sensitive materials. However, though the theory is simple the practice is often fraught with challenges and difficulties, as problems such as; optimisation of freezing and drying times; ideal buffer selection; pH fluctuations, and excipient choice can all complicate the lyophilisation process.
As the Biopharmaceutical industry continues to grow, and the market for lyophilised products is reported to exceed 150 million units in 2010, there is a definite need for new rapid and cost effective lyophilising methods for large scale commercial usage.

This Masterclass aims to address the problems encountered during the lyophilisation process, as well as examining why the theory does not always match up to reality. 

Key benefits of attending:

By attending this Masterclass, you will be able to;

  • Identify the problems within your practice
  • Develop your understanding of the lyophilisation process
  • Discover ways to improve your current approach
  • Expand your network of contacts working in the field of lyophilisation

About the Masterclass Leaders:

Tony Auffret  is Chief Scientific Officer of taPrime Consulting , and has over 35 year of experience in academia and industry, in companies ranging in size from 1 person through to multinational giants.  Throughout a career encompassing protein structure and evolution, scientific instrumentation, biopreservation, and pharmaceutical materials science, he has been committed to creating, developing and managing innovation and science based industry.


taPrime Consulting, offers formulation and process development advice, and problem solving to the lyophilisation market .  It works on the premise that trial and error has no part in its business.



     Matthew Brown  is Director of R&D at Lyosolutions , and is responsible for all R&D activities, analytical work and preparation of reports. Prior to joining Lyosolutions Limited, Matthew spent four years at Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA, studying invasive mechanisms of pathogenic microbes.

Lyosolutions Ltd . is a specialist R&D company, with particular expertise in pharmaceutical product development and freeze-drying. They develop freeze-drying cycles and provide assistance during production failure, which primarily arises from cycle programmes that fail the technology transfer from R&D to production scale. However unusual your concepts or requirements we can be essential in finding the solution. http://www.lyosolutions.co.uk/ 


Masterclass programme

10:45 Registration & Coffee

11:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Tony Auffret

Tony Auffret, Freeze-drying consultant, taPrime Consulting

11:00 Welcome and introduction

Matthew Brown

Matthew Brown, Director of Research and Development, Lyosolutions Ltd

11:20 Group Discussion: Commonly encountered problems?

11:45 Group Exercise: Designing a process cycle

12:30 Cycle optimisation; the competing needs of development

13:15 What does the state diagram tell us about the edges of failure?

14:00 Networking Lunch

15:00 Group Exercise: Analysing a series of output charts

16:00 Afternoon Tea

16:20 Amorphous and crystalline states in freeze-dried products

17:00 Group Workshop: Avoiding commonly encountered problems

18:00 Close of workshop


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