Back to basics: Particle size analysis for pharmaceutical development and manufacture

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We might be biased, but we see the impact of particle size everywhere! 

From the flavor of your morning coffee to the smoothness of your favorite chocolate, not forgetting how quickly you can charge your phone!

For pharmaceuticals, the particle size distribution of both active ingredients and excipients is important throughout the development and production process. In the early stages, the ease of development can be improved by reducing the particle size of active ingredients to improve solubility, or by changing the physical form through spray-drying or milling. In later stages, particle size distribution is often a critical quality attribute to be measured and controlled throughout the lifecycle of the product. Laser diffraction is a very common technique for measuring particle size in the pharmaceutical industry. 

It’s a flexible technology, measuring particles suspended in liquid or in air and over a size range from below a hundred nanometers up to several millimeters in diameter. If laser diffraction is new to you or you’ve always wanted to know more about particle sizing, this webinar is the right place to start. We’ll show you how laser diffraction instruments work, and how the data they produce can help you throughout the drug development and manufacturing process.


  • Dr. Anne Virden - Product Manager Micro-materials - Malvern Panalytical
  • Dr. Robert Taylor - Segment Marketing Manager, Pharmaceuticals - Malvern Panalytical


Who should attend?

  • Anyone engaged in developing methods for particle size analysis, for example using laser diffraction or image analysis
  • Anyone who is developing pharmaceutical formulations
  • Anyone engaged in producing or setting specifications for pharmaceutical raw materials, intermediates or drug products

What will you learn?

  • Learn how particle size analysis is applied in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Understand the regulatory guidance relating to particle size analysis and method development
  • Understand how specifications may be set for particle size analysis