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First for Pharma invites you to the SEAL official opening, demonstration and lab tour. SEAL runs NEXUS, the EPSRC-funded national XPS (x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy) facility.  SEAL has the best facilities in the UK for the analysis of chemistry at surfaces and, in terms of its equipment base, is matched by few other labs in the world.

Events and lunch will be at the Great North Museum on Thursday 13th October 2016 from 11am – 2pm.  If you would like to attend, please let debbie.wilde@ncl.ac.uk have your contact details and she will send you further information.

Recent developments in XPS and SIMS (secondary ion mass spectrometry) techniques, long used in the electronics industry for fault-finding in semiconductor manufacture and processing, mean our techniques can now be leveraged for analysis of soft materials. Our healthcare applications – practical fault-finding applications for pharma, medical and diagnostic devices – are growing strongly and, even before we officially open, are regularly used by a top 5 international pharma company.

The strengths of SEAL’s spatial and chemical identification techniques help most with:

•             packaging problems / failures (e.g. why did that film not stick?)

•             particulate contamination of powders and liquids (e.g. what is in that particular black particle?)

•             surface contamination of vials, needles, implants etc. (e.g. what is that brown stain?)

•             analysis of controlled release materials and products (e.g. how much drug is in the coating of this stent?)

•             discolouration of products

•             development of API delivery systems

•             characterisation of coatings and coating structure

•             patent infringement

Do feel free to contact SEAL to discuss particular problems or applications.  

Contacts are listed on the website www.ncl.ac.uk/nexus.

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