Thursday, 2 June 2016

MIT makes continuous manufacturing unit small enough to fit in a pharmacy

More and more drugmakers are giving continuous manufacturing a try, seeing it as the future in small molecule drug production, in part, because the plants for the process are much smaller than those for batch processing. Now, scientists at MIT have a prototype of a continuous manufacturing device so small it might be used by pharmacies to produce their own generic drugs.

The work for the unit is being funded by the Defense Department, which sees its potential to be put into field hospitals or dropped into combat zones to produce some drugs, MIT scientists told NPR. But there could be lots of other uses for a unit the size of a refrigerator that can produce 1,000 pills in 24 hours, say, pharmacies or hospitals that want to produce their own drugs.

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