Unlocking the potential of new technologies, such as Lab-on-a-chip, to cut manufacturing costs and boost product development
The investigation and development of new drugs is a time-consuming and rigorous process with many challenges. Every step and each new method is developed with the intention of bringing effective medicines to patients in the shortest possible time, while ensuring the highest possible level of safety. Good product design, as well as good manufacturing practice (GMP), can lead to more efficient development. Aside from the mass manufacturing process, the integrity of the bioprocess itself may also limit product quality in the final stage.
New technologies such as Lab-on-a-chip (LOC) have economic advantages of lowering the costs of manufacturing processes and improving the efficiency and accuracy of product development. Lab-on-a-chip is currently one of the most powerful technologies employed, with huge potential to impact healthcare, medicine and biopharma. After much development over the past quarter of a century – and with commercialisation starting to take off1 – the ability to shrink sample quantities to micron levels has the potential to speed up the study of many drugs designs and biopharma products. For example, LOC enables automated liquid injections using microchannels down to 50μm in width to transfer picolitre amounts of liquid in milliseconds.
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