February 4, 2016

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DEM Joins CMAC, to Provide Software for Bulk Solids Research

DEM Solutions, a Discrete Element Method (DEM) specialist, announced it has joined CMAC as a Tier 2 industry partner and will provide its EDEM software to integrate into the center’s research program.
CMAC is a world-class national center in advanced pharmaceutical manufacturing accelerating the adoption of continuous manufacturing for the production of high-value chemical products to higher quality, at lower cost and more sustainably.
Led by the University of Strathclyde, CMAC is a research platform supported by the EPSRC with teams working across seven UK Universities. Strong academic and industrial partnerships are the foundation of CMAC with support from Tier 1 industry partners GSK, AstraZeneca, Novartis, and Bayer, and a broad range of technology companies.
The new partnership with DEM Solutions will enable CMAC to get access to EDEM – one of the leading DEM software for simulation and analysis of bulk solids. EDEM will be used to get a better understanding of how different crystalline pharmaceutical materials behave in both wet and dry conditions, reflecting the environments and processes in which these materials are manufactured. By getting insight into how materials flow and interact when mixed with each other and with processing equipment, researchers can predict properties in advance of expensive R&D to ensure that development workflows are configured to provide the optimal drug product in the most efficient manner possible.
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“We are pleased to welcome DEM Solutions as new Tier 2 industry partner, joining our world leading consortium of industry users, technology providers, and research excellence,” said Craig Johnston, CMAC’s industrial director. “Simulation and modeling tools are key to accelerate development and optimize the design and operation of pharmaceutical manufacturing processes”.
“EDEM software will give us new and fundamental insight into the properties of crystalline materials and their behavior during processing,” said Professor Alastair Florence, EPSRC Centre director. “EDEM will be integrated into our existing in-house digital workflows providing non-DEM-experts with easy access to models and functionality in support of their research.”
“We are delighted to support CMAC’s innovative research program,” said Richard LaRoche, CEO of DEM Solutions. “In the pharmaceutical industry where bulk solids are involved in almost every stage of the manufacturing process, EDEM is a key tool that can model common processes such as mixing, blending, granulation, and tablet coating. The insight obtained can lead to optimized processes, innovation in product design, as well as reducing the need for physical prototypes and long product development cycles.”
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