Volume 92 Issue 21 | pp. 13-21
Issue Date: May 26, 2014

Cover Story

End-To-End Chemistry

After a slow start, pharmaceutical and fine chemicals manufacturers are scaling up continuous processes for production
Department: Business
Keywords: fine chemicals, pharmaceuticals, contract manufacturing, process chemistry, flow chemistry, continuous processing

A modern pharmaceutical manufacturing plant looks a lot like a classical chemistry lab. As has been the case for more than a century, most drugs that come out of these factories are made via stepwise reactions, purifications, and final product formulation. In a handful of plants, however, continuous-flow processes are starting to creep in.

Continuous processing offers several advantages over start-and-stop batch production. A continuous-flow reactor requires less space and less investment. It can provide . . .

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