Computer-Aided Applications in Pharmaceutical Technology

Computer-Aided Applications in Pharmaceutical Technology

1st Edition - April 10, 2013

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  • Editor: Jelena Đuriš
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781907568275
  • eBook ISBN: 9781908818324

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Research and development in the pharmaceutical industry is a time-consuming and expensive process, making it difficult for newly developed drugs to be formulated into commercially available products. Both formulation and process development can be optimized by means of statistically organized experiments, artificial intelligence and other computational methods. Simultaneous development and investigation of pharmaceutical products and processes enables application of quality by design concept that is being promoted by the regulatory authorities worldwide. Computer-Aided Applications in Pharmaceutical Technology covers the fundamentals of experimental design application and interpretation in pharmaceutical technology, chemometric methods with emphasis of their application in process control, neural computing (artificial neural networks, fuzzy logic and decision trees, evolutionary computing and genetic algorithms, self-organizing maps), computer-aided biopharmaceutical characterization as well as application of computational fluid dynamics in pharmaceutical technology. All of these techniques are essential tools for successful building of quality into pharmaceutical products and processes from the early stage of their development to selection of the optimal ones. In addition to theoretical aspects of various methods, the book provides numerous examples of their application in the field of pharmaceutical technology.

Key Features

  • A comprehensive review of the current state of the art on various computer aided applications in pharmaceutical technology
  • Case studies are presented in order to facilitate understanding of various concepts in computer-aided applications


Research and development scientists in the pharmaceutical industry; University researchers and postgraduate students in the field of pharmacy and technology.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Quality-by-design in pharmaceutical development
    1.1 Introduction
    1.2 ICH Q8 guideline
    1.3 Regulatory and industry views on QbD
    1.4 Scientifically based QbD - examples of application
    1.5 Conclusion

    Chapter 2: Computer-aided formulation development
    2.1 Introduction
    2.2 Application of computer-aided techniques in development of pharmaceutical emulsions
    2.3 Application of computer-aided techniques in development of microemulsion drug carriers
    2.4 Conclusion

    Chapter 3: Experimental design application and interpretation in pharmaceutical technology
    3.1 Introduction
    3.2 Theory
    3.3 Examples

    Chapter 4: Chemometric methods application in pharmaceutical products and processes analysis and control
    4.1 Introduction
    4.2 Theory
    4.3 Examples

    Chapter 5: Neural computing in pharmaceutical products and process development
    5.1 Artificial neural networks
    5.2 Fuzzy logic
    5.3 Decision trees
    5.4 Evolutionary computing and genetic algorithms
    5.4.1 Theory
    5.5 Self-organizing maps
    5.6 Conclusion

    Chapter 6: Computer-aided biopharmaceutical characterization: gastrointestinal absorption simulation
    6.1 Introduction
    6.2 Theoretical background
    6.3 Model construction
    6.4 Parameter sensitivity analysis
    6.5 Virtual trial
    6.6 Fed vs. fasted state
    6.7 In vitro dissolution and in vitro-in vivo correlation
    6.8 Biowaiver considerations
    6.9 Conclusions

    Chapter 7: Computational fluid dynamics: applications in pharmaceutical technology
    7.1 Introduction
    7.2 Theoretical background
    7.3 Application of CFD in pharmaceutical technology
    7.4 Conclusion

Product details

  • No. of pages: 300
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2013
  • Published: April 10, 2013
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781907568275
  • eBook ISBN: 9781908818324

About the Editor

Jelena Đuriš

Dr. Jelena Đuriš graduated at the University in Belgrade – Faculty of Pharmacy in 2007 with an average mark of 9,71. In 2010 she received her PhD in Pharmaceutical Technology at the University of Belgrade – Faculty of Pharmacy with PhD thesis entitled "Characterization of hydrophilic and lipid matrix tablets using in silico methods". The thesis was rewarded as the best doctoral dissertation in 2010 by the Chamber of Commerce of Belgrade. Jelena Đuriš defended the thesis in academic specialization studies in Industrial pharmacy entitled "The application of Quality by Design concept in in the process of fluidized bed granulation" in 2011 at the University of Belgrade – Faculty of Pharmacy. Since 2007 she is employed at the University in Belgrade – Faculty of Pharmacy as: teaching associate (2007-2008), teaching assistant (2008-2012), and assistant professor (from 2014 - to date) at the Department of Pharmaceutical Technology and Cosmetology. She is involved in the teaching activities in integrated academic studies (Pharmaceutical Technology II and Industrial Pharmacy courses), specialization academic studies in Industrial Pharmacy and both specialization and doctoral studies in Pharmaceutical Technology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Technology and Cosmetology, Belgrade University, Serbia

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