From March 19 to 21, 2014 Bosch’s Waiblingen location hosted the Capsule School. Offered in collaboration with Capsugel (a leading manufacturer of hard gelatine capsules and HPMC capsules), this training first presented state-of-the-art know-how relating to various aspects of capsule filling before moving on to relevant practical training on two capsule filling machines. Following a facility tour through the location’s manufacturing areas, the 30 participants spent time at the machines being trained on selected aspects of trouble shooting and on how to implement good manufacturing practice (GMP).
The aim of the training was to shed light on how to produce hard capsules and how to develop formulations for them, as well as examining the various filling technologies and the pharmaceutical applications. The training opened participants’ eyes to a world of possibilities for capsules as a drug delivery system. It also gave them an opportunity to discuss everything from production to marketing with company and university research and development experts, who each gave a presentation on their area of expertise.
In the light of economic uncertainties, spiraling health care costs, and the expiry of patents, the pharmaceuticals industry faces turbulent times. With growth markets surging ahead, advances in research and development, extremely powerful pharmaceuticals, and innovative new production processes, the global pharmaceutical landscape is changing for good. But what does this mean for the hard capsules business? And what does it mean for you as a pharmacist? In order to promote the exchange of ideas between research and development, mechanical engineering, and producers, Bosch will be partnering with Capsugel to offer further Capsule Schools this year. The next trainings are scheduled for June, September, and November. Please contact us if you are interested in taking part (firstname.lastname@example.org) or leave us a comment.
Dr. Martin Opitz
Senior Market Expert