Published: Friday, 08 January 2016 07:06
How to Outfit a Dynamic Lab in Flux
Imagine yourself as a startup company. As part of your preliminary business plan you determine the need for a productive analytical laboratory in order to thrive as a leader among your business sector. You then discover during your projections that there will be a need to expand your real estate and working area within a year or two. After five years of developing the science behind their KinetiSol® technology and bringing their product to market, DisperSol Technologies found themselves in this exact situation.
Designing and building a productive and efficient modern laboratory requires meticulous planning and often a heavy budget. When combining this planning with the understanding that you will be moving to a larger space in the near future, a project becomes even more complicated. Dave Miller, PhD, Vice President of Research and Development at DisperSol was tasked with this exact challenge.
We spoke to Dr. Miller about his thought process and decision-making in attacking the new lab development.
Editor: We would like to talk to you about your lab decisions. The challenges you faced during initial setup, expansion, and relocation are difficult. Although your action plan to face these challenges is unique, the challenges themselves are known across many industries. Before we discuss how you embraced and found solutions, please first tell us a bit about DisperSol Technologies.
Dr. Miller: DisperSol Technologies was born out of years of research done at the University of Texas on improving the solubility of pharmaceuticals. Many new drug candidates have problems with solubility. Poor solubility makes drug delivery difficult and reduces efficacy due to poor absorption. Our key product, KinetiSol® is a unique process for creating soluble, drug-polymer composites. Imagine the difference between trying to dissolve sand or sugar into water. We work with pharmaceutical companies to turn their ‘sand’ into ‘sugar.’ This has tremendous impact on the manufacturability of a drug, its bio-availability, dosage profiles, safety and efficacy.
Editor: So, KinetSol® is a solubility-enhancing process. Who does the processing?