FACILITES AT RUTGERS

The Pharmaceutical Engineering Laboratory at Rutgers-New Brunswick includes over 15,000 square feet of dedicated research and development space: 

  • 6,400 square feet specifically designed for pharmaceutical manufacturing research

  • 1,100 square feet of space devoted to Test Bed 1, the continuous manufacturing commercialization project

  • 8,400 square feet of laboratory space for nano-catalysis and reaction engineering activities

  • 2,000 square feet of laboratory space for powder materials storage  

The pharmaceutical manufacturing research area, complete with GMP-quality, seamless epoxy flooring, has capabilities for controlling temperature and humidity, thereby enabling the maintenance of environmental conditions conducive to pharmaceutical manufacturing.  The nano-catalysis research area is outfitted with over 13 laminar-flow hoods, and three of the lab rooms also have temperature and humidity controls.  The two-story pilot plant area for continuous manufacturing is equipped with specialized equipment, controls, and safety interlocks designed to eliminate the safety hazards associated with the explosivity of powder/air mixtures often encountered in processing, and with the toxicological effects linked to APIs and inert dust particles.

In addition, CSOPS at Rutgers also features the 2,000 sq. ft. Continuous Pharmaceutical Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory (CpAML), a fully integrated, control-enabled, commercial scale pilot plant for continuous manufacturing.  This facility, which is the only one of its kind at a university anywhere in the world, is capable of manufacturing pharmaceutical products by any of the major modes (direct compression, wet granulation, roller compaction, and hot melt extrusion, as well as capsules). The equipment comprises a number of  major units  (three  blenders, 10 feeders, two roller compactor, two tablet presses, a continuous granulator, a continuous drier) that have been received (mostly as in-kind contributions of ERC industrial members), and a seamless floor and air handling equipment. In addition, CpAML is also equipped with specialized equipment, controls, and safety interlocks designed to eliminate the safety hazards associated with the explosivity of powder/air mixtures often encountered in processing. The Rutgers facility served as the model for the INSPIRE facility by Janssen in Gurabo, Puerto Rico, and has been also the starting design point of numerous other facilities at companies around the world.

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List of Equipment:

Combined, the laboratories contain a wide spectrum of measurement devices and solids-processing equipment typically found in most major pharmaceutical companies for the formulation of new products:

  1. Schenck Accurate Powder Feeders, Model # ModPharma

  2. Fitz Mill Roller Compactor, Model # IR520

  3. Quadro Conical Screen Mill, Model # 197-S

  4. Glatt Conical Screen Mill, Model # GCF-60

  5. Readco Continuous Mixer Granulator

  6. Rheoscientific Rheometer, Model # SP 200n

  7. Thermo Fischer Near IR Analyzer

  8. Pharma Laser Pharma LIBS 250

  9. Pharmatron Tablet Hardness Tester, Model # 6D

  10. Van De Graaf Generator

  11. TREK Amplifier/Controller 610E  & TEKTRONIX Digital Storage Oscilloscope, DS 03062A

  12. Quantchrome AutoTap

  13. Resodyn Acoustic Mixers LABRAM

  14. Fisher Convection Oven, Model # 250F

  15. Feund Hi-Coater (Tablet Coater), Model # HCT-30

  16. Innopharma Lab Eyecon

  17. Bruker MPA

  18. Handpress

  19. Octagon Sieve Shaker, Model #2000

  20. Glatt Twin Axial Mixer, Model # TAM 40

  21. MCC Shear Rheometer

  22. Patterson Kelly V-Blender Blend Master, 4, 8 and 16 qrt shells

  23. Zanazi Capsule Filling Machine, Model # Zanazi 2

  24. Lab Mill Drum Rollers, Model # 8000

  25. Glatt Fluid Bed Coater Granulator, Model # Mini Glatt -5

  26. Glatt Fluid Bed Coater Granulator, Model # GPCG1

  27. Gravitational Displacement Rheometer

  28. Freeman Technology Powder Rheometer, Model # FT – 4

  29. X-Rite Colorimeter, Model # VS450

  30. KTRON Feeders, KT-20

  31. KTRON Feeder, KT-35

  32. KTRON Feeder, MT-12

  33. Glatt Continuous Mixer Granulator, Model # GCG 70

  34. Quadro Conical Screen Mill, Model # 197-S

  35. Lodige Continuous Mixer Granulator, Model # CM-5

  36. Agillent HPLC, 1100 series

  37. Patterson-Kelley Liquid Solids Blender, Model # LIB-6919

  38. Kikusui Tablet Press, Model # Libra 2

  39. Varian UV-Visible Spectrophotometer, Model # Carry 50 

  40. Agilent Dissolution Apparatus, Model # 708 DS

  41. Agilent Fraction Collector, Model #  8000 Dissolution Sampling Station

  42. Agilent Peristaltic Pump, Model # 810

  43. Shimadzu HPLC System

  44. MCC Compaction Simulator

  45. Textronix TDS digital oscilloscope, 3052 C & Olympus Square Pulse Receiver, 5077PR

  46. Pharmatron Tablet Hardness Tester, Model # 6D

  47. Bohle Roller Compactor, Model # BRC25