Petit Institute researcher Blair Bettmann creating small particles for big pharma
Blair Brettmann is a Petit Institute researcher and assistant professor in Georgia Tech's School for Material Sciences and Engineering. Credit: Georgia Tech / Christopher Moore
A new trend is emerging in the pharmaceutical industry: continuous drug manufacturing. Traditionally, drugs are manufactured batch by batch, which is slow and inefficient. In fact, the FDA estimates that $50 billion is lost each year in manufacturing costs due to inefficient processes.
But continuous manufacturing process allows drugs to be made with little to no interruption, resulting in lower manufacturing costs, as well as more reliable, higher quality drugs. And ultimately, consumers will see an increase in patient access through price reductions.
Blair Brettmann, a researcher in the Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience at the Georgia Institute of Technology, urrently focuses her research on novel drug manufacturing processes. Her goal is to improve the continuous manufacturing process already on the market and develop a drug production system that can scale up for commercial use. Large pharmaceutical companies are sure to take notice of her work in order to capitalize on a more efficient manufacturing process.
In addition to process work, Brettmann is growing drugs in her lab that have more effective properties than those currently on the market. Rather than delivering drug powders in tablet form, she is crystalizing drugs to make them more digestible by the stomach.