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Freeze dried products are well established in the market and there is an increasing trend in aseptically produced lyophilized products, including peptides and proteins. The workshop will give an introduction into the Physics and Thermodynamics of Freeze Drying; including both presentation of topics and an open discussion within the group. The session will support a better understanding of the Freeze Drying process with the different methods available in the market, including technical aspects for consideration. The session will also discuss an alternative Freeze Drying process for consideration.

This workshop is aimed at individuals from various backgrounds within the pharmaceutical, animal health and diagnostic industry including, but not limited to, Process / Site Engineers, Production, Validation Engineers, Project Managers and Cycle Developers (R&D). The workshop will also be of interest to participants working in areas of manufacturing / final fill process and packaging. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in an in-depth discussion with industry experts from Optima on the latest technological developments in the Lyophilization industry. Participants will gain a better understanding of the most up to date freeze-drying technology which is available on the market, as well as what the future of this field looks like. Enhance your knowledge on controlled nucleation, available PAT’s and the future of flexible PAT processes, and alternative freeze dryer technologies including spray drying, spin freeze-drying and microwave drying.

Workshop programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Opening Remarks and Introductions

9:10 Theoretical Overview

Alexander Tambovzev

Alexander Tambovzev, Project Engineering and Development Leader, OPTIMA pharma GmbH
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• Description of freeze drying
• GMP, Aseptic Equipment Design
• Overview of required periphery systems
• Layout
• Automatic loading and unloading

10:15 Morning Coffee

10:45 Continuous manufacturing freeze drying process

Alexander Tambovzev

Alexander Tambovzev, Project Engineering and Development Leader, OPTIMA pharma GmbH
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• Overview of existing ideas of Continuous Manufacturing Freeze Drying Process
• GMP thoughts
• Niche market and other alternative market potential

11:30 Mass Spectrometer as PAT

Alexander Tambovzev

Alexander Tambovzev, Project Engineering and Development Leader, OPTIMA pharma GmbH
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• Brief Introduction in Mass Spectrometer Technology
• Useful Functions for Freeze Drying
• Integration in Freeze Drying Process

12:15 Closing Remarks and End of Workshop



Alexander Tambovzev

Alexander Tambovzev

Project Engineering and Development Leader, OPTIMA pharma GmbH

Alexander Tambovzev

Project Engineering and Development Leader, OPTIMA pharma GmbH
Alexander Tambovzev

Alexander Tambovzev, received Ph.D. in refrigeration technology in technical university of Dresden in 2008 with a focus on modeling of dynamic processes. He was working in research and development area of refrigeration systems for commercial and industrial applications. Currently he is a project engineering and development group leader at Optima pharma, Germany. The area of his responsibility is leading the project engineering of the freeze dryers as well as the R&D effort in the freeze dryer technology.

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