Inkjet printing could have a place in the manufacture of tomorrow’s medicines.
Stephanie Sutton |
Although our September cover feature focused on 3D printing, it is not the only printing technique that is being investigated in pharma applications; inkjet printing could also have a place in the manufacture of tomorrow’s medicines. Inkjet printing technology has the ability to deposit very precise amounts of drugs and excipients onto suitable substrates and can be used to produce controlled release formulations. Each deposit of drug could have a different release profile, depending on the needs of the patient.
Niklas Sandler, Professor of Pharmaceutics at Abo Akademi University in Finland, has conducted extensive research about printable formulations, from oral film formulations, to enhancing poorly soluble drugs, to printing biomolecules. We spoke to Sandler to find out more.
How did you get interested in printing drugs?
I was fascinated by printing because of its ability to deposit accurate and minute amounts of material. I thought that if we could use a similar technique in drug manufacturing, then perhaps we could use it for personalized dosing and for printing drugs on demand. There is so much potential in this area, particularly when you think about all the different materials that can be printed, and their endless combinations.
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