The eighth Compaction Simulation Forum (CSF2018-EU) was held at University of Cambridge 17- 19 September 2018. Sponsored by Huxley Bertram, the Forum gathered 60 attendees from the UK, Europe and the USA. Sixteen universities from eight countries were represented, as well as eight pharmaceutical companies and ten equipment/services vendors. Leading UK companies such as GSK, Pfizer, BMS and Johnson Matthey were in attendance. The scientific programme included keynote addresses, podium presentations, flash presentations and posters. Martin Bennett, Huxley Bertram’s compaction expert, presented on the important effects of rotary tablet press elasticity.
Once again the CSF reflected a growing interest in numerical simulation as a companion to experimental simulation. Other important trends displayed at the event included:
- Terahertz-based porosity assessment of pharmaceutical tablet
- Continuous tablet production
- The importance of servo-hydraulic compaction simulators in the field of tableting research.
Two similar events are in the planning process for 2019.