New Xcelolab™ Powder Dispenser from Capsugel

February 10, 2010

Saves Clinical Trial Manufacturing Time, Resource and Money While Improving Accuracy with Laboratory Weighing Applications

Cambridge, UK: Capsugel, the world's leading provider of dosage form solutions to the pharmaceutical and related healthcare industries, is pleased to announce that the benchtop Xcelolab™ powder dispenser is now available, offering scientists a rapid and reproducible solution for precise weighting tasks. The Xcelolab™ dispenser, the latest addition to Capsugel's market-leading Xcelodose® precision powder micro-dosing range has been created in response to demand from existing Xcelodose® system customers. To avoid losing valuable clinical trial manufacturing time, resource and money, pharmaceutical company development teams can now perform method development, powder dispense head selection and powder characterization studies in the laboratory environment using the Xcelolab™ dispenser. The data produced and methods developed can then be directly transferred to their Xcelodose® system so they can continue manufacture of clinical trial materials without interruption or unnecessary downtime. The Xcelolab™ dispenser uses Capsugel's proven and precise powder dispensing technology which builds "micro-bridges", making it ideal for scientists who repeatedly weigh small amounts of any type of powder by hand or need to dispense amounts too small to be accurately dosed by conventional techniques. Using the "micro-bridge" technology it is possible to dispense any type of powder, whether cohesive, micronized, free flowing or inhalation powder. The unique Xcelolab™ dispenser offers unprecedented flexibility, allowing users to dispense powder weights as low as 100µg up to 230g precisely with a typical RSD of ~2%. A range of interchangeable balances makes it easy to dispense into a variety of receptacles including capsules, vials, beakers and flasks, etc. The simple, touch screen operation, featuring a color-coded progress bar means scientists can run fully automated dispense cycles as soon as the system is installed, as well as easily program and store multiple settings for different samples. The Xcelolab™ dispenser has many dispense options from a manual one button dispense right through to full method development, making applications such as powder characterization, sample preparation or stability testing both quick and easy to set up. Mike Savill, Manager, Pharmaceutical Technology Group at Capsugel stated: "Many laboratory scientists manually dispense small amounts into vials or capsules by hand, a task that is difficult to perform reproducibly and adds a risk of sample contamination or degradation. Our precision powder dosing technology, which is currently only available to top pharmaceutical facilities, is ideal for these smaller scale laboratories, making it suitable for a scientist to dispense any type of powder." Savill added: "The Xcelolab™ dispenser is a significant development and means our unrivalled technology is accessible to laboratories needing to improve the speed and accuracy of their powder dispensing applications."