In early 2015, the EPSRC launched the “Future Formulation for Complex Products” call, to address challenges in formulation following the realisation that much science had been developed which had still to be applied which would make formulation a predictable manufacturing process.
Formulation is a major driver of economic activity in the UK and a very successful export through both formulated products and through the formulation expertise which underpins much of global formulation manufacturing. In recognition of this, in 2014 it was announced that CPI would establish a National Formulation Centre which would enable companies to meet tough formulation challenges in a collaborative, non-competitive environment.
“I am excited to see the coherence of vision behind the funding of projects across a wide range of technologies, all using state of the art science to bring predictability to formulation manufacturing, which have been funded by the EPSRC’s Future Formulation call” said Simon Gibbon, Chair of the Society of Chemistry’s Formulation Science and Technology Group (FSTG), “The FSTG is looking forward to hearing about the outputs at our future meetings. Future Formulation is riding the wave generated by the advances in both characterisation equipment capabilities and the scientific understanding of complex systems such as formulations. This is already enabling improvements in formulation, which FSTG will be showcasing at our April meeting ‘Clever Characterisation for Smarter Formulation’ ”
Dr Graeme Cruickshank, Director of CPI’s National Formulation Centre said “It is extremely encouraging to see such investment going into projects that will be supported by major players in the formulating industries. CPI hopes to be able to support and coordinate with all funded consortia through the National Formulation Centre. We are particularly pleased to see that 5 out of the 7 funded are those where we provided input and support to the bid, which confirms that we have a shared strategic vision and intention to collaborate.”
Projects include a study to better understand and develop the formulation of Complex Oral Health Products led by University College London with partners, GlaxoSmithKline and Xaar plc, and the development of a Virtual Formulation Laboratory for advanced solids based formulations led by the University of Leicester which includes partners such as Proctor & Gamble, KP snacks and the Nestle Foundation. The RSC’s FSTG has published an overview guide to the seven projects on their website. View brief abstracts and word clouds for each project.
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