SMIMM1151U Process Development and Production of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API)
Master's Programme in Industrial Drug Development -
Compulsory for Master of Industrial Drug Development (MIND) students, elective for other part-time master's students at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences (subject to study board approval) and open for freelance students who meet the admission criteria.
The course is intended for drug development professionals with contact to chemical process development.
*This course originally scheduled in Autumn 2020 is moved to Spring 2021.
All relevant subjects related to the chemical process development of biologically active compounds used as pharmaceuticals will be discussed. The course will begin with the discovery synthesis and end with the full-scale production process.
Basic conventions terms and definitions will be discussed. Focus will be placed on scale-up, process optimization, yield considerations, purification, validation, registration, and regulatory approval for new processes.
Various strategies to achieve a safe, more economical, and defensible process will be covered. Other topics to be covered include: Design of Experiments, route scouting, telescoping, 2nd generation processes, process monitoring, selection of appropriate in-process controls, process analytical technology (PAT), thermogravimetric analysis, reaction calorimetry, and differential scanning calorimetry.
Examples of process developments will be given both for small molecular compounds and biopharmaceuticals.
Further subjects are quality assurance, GLP and GMP considerations, Quality-by-Design (QbD), environmental considerations, life cycle management, emission limits and monitoring, resource consumption and CO2-emission, safety, hazard and operability, risk assessment and handling excessive reaction conditions.
The development of a safe and efficient manufacturing process of
an active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) or bulk drug substance is
a substantial undertaking. A successful endeavour requires solving
problems within synthetic organic, bioorganic, physical organic,
analytical and environmental chemistry, engineering, and economics.
An understanding of chemical development and the particular
challenges during each phase is the primary focus of this course. A
combination of theory and practice using fresh examples from
industry and the literature will create the foundation for solid
decision-making skills and an understanding of the trade
Upon successful completion of the course, participants are expected to:
- The course will make the participants familiar with the terms, principles and methods used in developing a chemical or biological process from discovery to routine manufacturing.
- The participants will be able to discuss different aspects and solutions to problems in a broad range covering scale-up, organization, planning, process monitoring, validation, life cycle management, registration, resource consumption, environmental and safety issues.
The course provides a solid introduction to working in process development. The successful participant will have the necessary knowledge in the area to
- Closely interact with specialists and work as project leader where process development is a part of the project
- Identify and explain common risks and problems in process development
- Compute and critically apply various process metrics
The syllabus corresponds to about 200 pages in the textbook Practical Process Research and Development by Neal G. Anderson, Academic Press Inc., U.S., 2000. (ISBN 0-12-059475-7). In addition, 2-3 case studies reported in current journal articles will be subject to analysis. Lecture materials will be provided as handouts. Purchase of the textbook is optional; however, process chemists will find the text highly useful in their daily work.
• A relevant bachelor degree or equivalent
• A minimum of 2 years of relevant job experience
• Proficiency in English
Lectures are based upon a combination of selected material from the textbook, scientific papers and the lecturers' own work and experiences. The workshops encourage the participants to actively propose solutions to challenges that often occur during process development, based on relevant examples found in the current literature.
- Theory exercises
Application deadline is 8 weeks before the first day of instruction.
- 3 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Written examination, 2 hours under invigilationExamination design: The examination consists of a multiple choice test and of 1-2 literate problems based on a case story.
- Only certain aids allowed
The standard programs and IT tools listed under The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at KUnet is allowed.
You are not allowed to bring your own calculator, but Excel and windows calculator is available as standard programs. Students will at this exam have access to use Digital Notes (It is allowed to upload notes for the ITX exam via digital exam. You will find a link to this feature from your exam in Digital Exam).
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- External censorship
- Exam period
Announced on the MIND programme's webpage
Announced on the MIND programme's webpage
Criteria for exam assesment
The examination will monitor the knowledge, skills and competences of the participants using the following criteria:
- the understanding of the terms, principles and methods used in developing a chemical or biological process from discovery to routine manufacturing.
- the ability to discuss different aspects and solutions to problems in a broad range covering scale-up, organization, planning, process monitoring, validation, life cycle management, registration, resource consumption, environmental and safety issues.
- the competence to identify and explain common risks and problems in process development
- to compute and critically apply various process metrics