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Microencapsulation for low cost, high volume, pharmaceutical applications

Objective


The project set out to produce a guidance manual containing all the experimental microencapsulation Work carried out by the partners. This was completed successfully and is fully accessible on a ftp site: www.microlithe.com/manual A network web site was also created and contains such information as: partners web site links, events, contacts, and a members section which is accessible by means of password only.
Microencapsulation is of interest to a wide range of industries, including pharmaceutical. cosmetic, food, chemicals and printing. This network will provide a focus for research into microencapsulation in the EU. There are three main issues which the network will address: * the high cost of microencapsulation which limits its use for many applications; * the confusing number of microencapsulation techniques; * the need for more environmentally friendly microencapsulation. The network will therefore evaluate low cost and solvent free microencapsulation techniques, and will provide a guidance manual for EU industry to indicate which technique is most suitable for particular applications. For additional focus, most of the work of the network will have a pharmaceutical/healthcare orientation. This is also because companies in this sector are more likely to cooperate in a network. However, as the same microencapsulation techniques are used in many industries, the results of the network will be of immediate multi-sector use. The network comprises 30 members which have been organised into four clusters grouping members with similar interests. The profile of the network membership by type is as follows; SMEs : 15. Large industrial companies : 3. RTOs : 6. Universities : 6. The network includes SMEs specializing in microencapsulation and related technologies, materials suppliers, large and medium sized pharmaceutical companies, and universities or research organisations with interests in microencapsulation, pharmacy and pharmacology. There are also several members interested in applying microencapsulation outside the pharmaceuticals sector. There is representation in the network from nine EU member states with a good balance of responsibility and input to the network from each nation. The network is therefore considered to be well balanced, multidisciplinary and complementary in nature. Microencapsulation holds great promise for increased product value and effectiveness, particularly within the pharmaceutical field but also in other industries. This network will aid its exploitation and speed benefits worth up to 600 MECU to the EU economy over the long term.

Coordinator

MICROLITHE SA
Address
111,Zone Industrielle Athélia Iii, Voie Atlas
13705 Marignane
France

Participants (29)

ALPHA BIOVERFAHRENSTECHNIK GMBH
Germany
Address
Zapfholzweg Biotechnologiepark Luckenwalde Tgz
14943 Frankenforde
ASTA MEDICA AG
Germany
Address
Weismuellerstrasse 45
60314 Frankfurt Am-main
Altaquimica A A
Spain
Address
Caspe 86
8010 Barcelona
Ascor Chimici Srl
Italy
Address
Via Piana 265
47032 Capocolle Di Bertinoro
Asesoria Cientifica y de Investigation aplicada
Spain
Address
Colle Valle De Ordesa 4-40
8031 Barcelona
Biomedical Innovation - Bio Innovation Contract Research & Consulting
Germany
Address
Schmidtbonnstrasse 8
53115 Bonn
Brace GmbH
Germany
Address
Taunusring 50
63755 Alzenau
British Textile Technology Group
United Kingdom
Address
Wilmslow Road 856
M20 2RB Manchester
Centre de Microencapsulation
France
Address
Rue A Boquel 8
49100 Angers
DNA Technology AS
Denmark
Address
10,Gustav Wieds Vej
8000 Aarhus C
EGLI RESEARCH LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Egli House Meadfoot Road
TQ1 2 JP Torquay
Eurhema Srl
Italy
Address
Via Leopardi 2
42025 Cavriago
GLAXO WELLCOME S.A.
Spain
Address
Severo Ocha 2
28760 Tres Cantos
INSTITUT NATIONAL POLYTECHNIQUE DE LORRAINE
France
Address
Avenue De La Forêt De Haye 2
54505 Vandoeuvre-les-nancy
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
Address
2,Kasteelpartk Arenberg, 44
3001 Heverlee
MERCK KGAA
Germany
Address
Frankfurter Strasse 250
Darmstadt
Melotec_SA
Spain
Address
Parc Technologic Del Valles
8290 Cerdanyola
Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
United Kingdom
Address

NR4 7UQ Norwich
Norton Healthcare
United Kingdom
Address

CM19 5TJ G Harlow
Separex Chimie Fine SA
France
Address
Rue Jacques Monod
54250 Champigneulles
Smithkline Beecham PLC
United Kingdom
Address
St Georges Avenue
KT13 0DG Weybridge
Société d'Exploitation de Produits pour les Industries Chimiques
France
Address
Quai D'orsay 75
75321 Paris
Stiftung Max-Delbrück-Centrum für Molekulare Medizin
Germany
Address
Robert-rössle-straße 10
13125 Berlin
TECHNOLOGY CODES LTD
Ireland
Address
Main Street 19
25 Blackrock
UNIVERSIDAD COMPLUTENSE DE MADRID
Spain
Address
Avda Complutense, Ciudad Universitaria
28040 Madrid
UNIVERSIDADE CATOLICA PORTUGUESA
Portugal
Address
Rua Dr Antonio Bernardino De Almeida
4200 Porto
UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE
United Kingdom
Address
Taylor Street 27
G4 0NR Glasgow
Universit degli Studi di Parma
Italy
Address
Viale Delle Scienze
43100 Parma
VEREIN ZUR FOERDERUNG DES TECHNOLOGIETRANSFERS AN DER HOCHSCHULE BREMERHAVEN E.V.
Germany
Address
Am Lundedeich 12
27572 Bremerhaven