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Manufacture Technology and Equipment, Small Molecules, Dosage Forms, Drug Delivery

Patient-Centric Printing

This article was published in our sister publication, The Small Molecule Manufacturer, which celebrates the field of small molecule drug development and manufacturing with interviews and articles focusing on success stories, equipment, and new processing techniques. Read more about The Small Molecule Manufacturer here https://themedicinemaker.com/manufacture/small-but-never-forgotten


Henrika Wickström, Researcher, Åbo Akademi University, Finland.
Henrika Wickström, Researcher, Åbo Akademi University, Finland.

In recent years, additive approaches to the manufacture of medicines have become more popular, offering companies the opportunity to develop flexible and tailored dosage forms that better meet patient needs. And while 3D and 4D printing are exciting avenues for the industry to further explore, stencil printing has thus far been overlooked.

Stencil printing refers to a low-cost, high-throughput printing technique that is used across various industries to produce everything from electronics to artwork – but it has not yet found its way into the pharma industry. In stencil printing, ink is transferred onto a substrate through a series of apertures in a printing plate. And, just like the stencils used by kids, the apertures determine the pattern and design of the printed product.

Figure 1. Stencil printing plate (top) and print result (right) of a flatbed process (left)
Figure 1. Stencil printing plate (top) and print result (right) of a flatbed process (left)

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Henrika Wickström

A Researcher at Åbo Akademi University, Finland.

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