Room for Optimization
Richard Bourne’s research group, located at the University of Leeds’ Institute of Process Research and Development, focuses on the optimization of pharmaceutical processes using automated systems. Recently, he has been working on developing automated flow systems that combine online analysis, feedback control, and evolutionary algorithms that help with process understanding and optimization.
What does your work focus on?
Continuous flow processes are more cost-effective than traditional production methods – and the pharmaceutical industry is becoming increasingly interested in their use. I’ve spent several years developing an automation platform that can help companies to more rapidly develop their processes. Pharmaceutical processes are fascinatingly complex, with many stages involved in the synthesis of therapeutics. I often work with innovator companies who generate new treatments, but face the pressures of limited development times due to patent lifetimes. Many companies also struggle with the challenges of clinical trials. Automated technologies can automate and optimize some processes, helping companies to more effectively develop their therapies.
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