Myself, Duncan Stacey and Ricky Patel recently visited Glasgow for the international ResearchPharm exhibition. The event was held at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) from 4th - 7th April and was organised to coincide with the tenth anniversary of the PBP (Pharmaceutics, Biopharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Technology) World Meeting. It was the first time Linkam has attended and the focus was on a variety of areas including laboratory equipment, Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs), excipients and analytical instruments.
On the Linkam stand we displayed our differential scanning calorimeter DSC600, freezing drying system FDCS196 and our humidity controller RH95. The instruments proved popular, especially the RH95 which created such a buzz that we ran out of enquiry forms on the third day.
An area which caused much excitement among the pharmaceutical community was 3D printing. One talk in particular, “Printing APIs”, focused on additive manufacturing as a mechanism to print medication directly at the doctors’ surgery, or even at home. Work is already well under way into researching and testing the polymers required for such a feat.
With this area expanding, Linkam’s THMS600 and DSC600 will be extremely useful to measure and visualise the thermal properties of these additive materials such as glass transitions and melting temperatures.
On the Wednesday evening we were invited to the conference dinner, which was held in Glasgow’s Hunterian Museum. As well as live Scottish music, Ricky Patel and I explored the wide variety of collections on display, ranging from Triassic fossil records to Roman architecture.
Overall, the event was a productive one and it highlighted the demand for our products in this market. We hope to see many of you again at another pharmaceutical conference.
By Tabassum Mujtaba