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The researchers will use 3D printing to design novel flow reactors and static mixers.
Almac Sciences, a member of the Almac Group, has initiated a new flow chemistry collaboration with Irish Manufacturing Research (IMR) to design and manufacture novel flow reactors and static mixers using 3D printing. The planned project takes advantage of the design freedom of additive manufacturing (AM) to make bespoke reactors, the groups said in a Nov. 2, 2021 press release.
Flow chemistry is being used in the pharma industry to allow reaction chemistry not possible in traditional batch mode. Flow chemistry can also enable development of processes where the target chemistry is inherently difficult to scale up because of safety concerns.
IMR is a manufacturing research and technology organization with labs and industrial pilot lines in Ireland. IMR aims to enable Irish-based manufacturers to be early adopters of new technology. “I am very excited about our collaboration with Almac Sciences where, with our expertise at IMR, we can support Irish industry to design and produce AM reactors and mixers locally, using the advanced additive manufacturing capability here in Ireland,” said lead collaborator at IMR, Tristan McCallum, in the press release.
“This collaboration enables us to move to the next step of our flow chemistry service allowing immediate access to printed reactors with unique properties,” added Megan Smyth, team leader, Custom and Flow Chemistry at Almac Sciences, in the press release. “This project will ensure we continue to offer our customers best-in-class technical solutions to address the many challenges that contract chemistry brings. As an industry, we need to develop innovative manufacturing routes that open up access to new raw material supply chains with more secure and mature options. Flow chemistry can assist with this, and we are delighted to be progressing it with IMR.”