Event Review: Disrupting Technologies Day Two

06 February 2019

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The second day of the SCI Formulation Forum event on Disruptive Technologies on 21-22 January 2019 was filled with interesting and varied talks by a range of speakers from across academia and industry.
Cassie Sims

The second day of the Formulation Forum event on Disruptive Technologies was filled with exciting talks on a wide-range of topics.

Each session was used to look at disruptive innovations that are currently working in industry and opportunities for the future. To kick-off the second day of talks, Formulation Forum Chair Dr Malcolm Faers from Bayer AG spoke about oil dispersion formulation design, and showed fascinating videos demonstrating the collapse of different suspensions.

Professor Simon Blackmore of Harper Adams University showcased his robotic farming devices that can detect weeds and precisely spray them with pesticide. These devices can reduce glyphosate use to as little as 1g per hectare and are ready for use in precision agriculture.

One of the most inspiring sessions of the day was ‘Personalised delivery in formulation’, given by a range of speakers from academia and industry. There were many talks on biological innovations that have been used to produce personalised formulations – from pharmaceuticals to tissues. Professor Jayasinghe discussed tissue engineering approaches for regenerative medicine, demonstrating electrospray and electrospin techniques that have led to many developments, including novel insulin therapies.

3D printed formulations were also covered, and Dr Laura Ruiz Cantu from the University of Nottingham gave a talk on new 3D printing inks for pharmaceutical formulation. Finally, Dr Faz Chowdhury talked about the work of Nemaura Pharma Limited in microneedles on a revolutionary medicine delivery system.

The final session of the event looked to the future, with talks on ‘Opportunities for disruptive dcience’. Professor Cait Macphee from the University of Edinburgh gave an exciting talk on a new, unusual bacterial protein which has a wide range of uses in stabilising formulations and coatings, and Dr Malgorzta Sqadzba-Kwasny from Queen’s University Belfast spoke about the potential of ionic liquids in formulation.

The day also included a panel discussion on spotting new disruptive innovations, in which speakers discussed what really makes an innovation disruptive and how barriers such as policy and risk can be overcome in the future.

Overall, the second day of the Formulation Forum event was filled with vibrant discussion of a wide-range of multidisciplinary topics, showcasing the innovation occurring in the formulation area. ‘Formulation is a horizontal science,’ said Dr Graeme Cruickshank, Director of the National Formulation Centre at CPI, highlighting how it brings together so many aspects of scientific research.

A big thanks goes to the organising committee from the SCI’s Formulation Forum and event sponsors CPI, Surface Measurement Systems and Malvern Panalytical.

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