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Design for Formulation: Products and Processes

24th September 2015: 12:00 am - 10th December 2015: 12:00 am BST

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Note: these workshops have already taken place but please let us know at info@iformulate.biz if you are interested in obtaining the course materials.

Two one-day training workshops:

24th September 2015 and 10th December 2015

Jury’s Inn Hotel, East Midlands Airport (formerly Thistle East Midlands Airport)

East Midlands Airport, UK

Proper design of formulated products – and of the processes used to make them – brings significant benefits to companies. Good design can:

  • Help to get your product to market more quickly;
  • Lead to more robust products and processes – reducing the risk of rejects and complaints;
  • Reduce the requirement and risk for capital expenditure at the manufacturing stage;
  • Help you achieve successful scale up from lab to plant;
  • Reduce your costs in manufacturing and product/process development;
  • Improve relationships with suppliers and customer;
  • Help you understand your formulation better – and help you design next generation products more effectively.

To help you with design for formulation, with the help of industry experts we’ve put together two new and linked one-day workshops. You can register to attend one or both of the workshops.


Who Should Attend?

  • Those in a technical function (e.g. R&D, Quality, Process Development, Manufacturing) in any formulating industry (e.g. pharmaceuticals, home/personal care, agrochemicals, paints, inks, adhesives, lubricants, food etc);
  • Others involved in the new product development process (e.g. purchasing, marketing) who may become involved in product or process design for formulated products.


How Will You Benefit?

You will benefit from attending “Design for Formulation” by:

  • Understanding the linkage between the business functions involved in product and process design;
  • Being able to devise and implement a product design strategy before you go into the lab;
  • Gaining a basic understanding of the principles and practice of experimental design (DoE);
  • Gaining insights into the key considerations on taking a product or process into pilot scale;
  • Learning how to plan to ensure a process is robust and suitable for commercial manufacture;
  • Ensuring your product and process are future-proof, i.e. capable of being adapted to meet future requirements.


Download “Design for Formulation” Course Flyer

You can also take a look at the recording of our short webinar in which Ian Jolliffe introduces “Design for Formulation“.


Workshop Programme:

Design for Formulation – Day 2: Scale-up, Manufacture and Realising the Benefits

10th December 2015

  • Reality Dawns, Scale Up, Risk Assessments Exercise. Dr Ian Jolliffe, Associate Partner, iFormulate Ltd
    • Refinement of risk assessment. Residual risks
    • Review of challenges from development and scale-up
    • Planning for industrial scale trials
  • Industry Case Study – Pilot Trials and Scale-up. Prof Phil-Threlfall-Holmes, TH Collaborative Innovation
    • Awareness of the potential pitfalls in scale-up can help you design an effective pilot programme, to mitigate the risk of expensive delays and failures when moving from lab to manufacturing scale.
    • The session will be illustrating by examples from industrial practice when things didn’t go quite to plan.
  • Processes and Control Strategies for Manufacturing Productivity. David Hood, The Excellent Partnership
    • Today, all organisations are using lean, six sigma, operational excellence or some other form of continuous improvement (CI) methodology.
    • When developing new products (NPD), we need to understand both the expectations of our production units in relation to CI, and how we can apply CI to the NPD process
    • David Hood – an renowned authority on CI – working for The Excellence Partnership Ltd, will help develop our knowledge of what’s required to make our NPD process effective.
  • Exploiting the Knowledge: Dr Ian Jolliffe
    • Future benefits
    • Robustness, high process capability and future proofing
    • Flexibility – equipment and materials
    • Regulatory agility

Design for Formulation – Day 1: Principles, Laboratory and Pilot Scale

This was held on 24th September 2015. Please ask if you are interested in receiving training or material on this subject.

  • Formulation Design: What’s in it for you and your business? Dr David Calvert, Director, iFormulate Ltd
    • What are the objectives and benefits of formulation design?
    • Terminology and process flows
    • Principles of process development and technology transfer
    • Co-operation with other key business functions
  • Getting Started: Before you go into the lab. Dr Ian Jolliffe, Associate Partner, iFormulate Ltd
    • Reviewing prior knowledge
    • Preformulation
    • Risk assessments
    • Development strategy – what, how and why?
  • Application of Design of Experiments (DoE). Dr Claire Beckett, Umetrics and Colin Sanders, Owner, Colin’s Cosmetic Consultancy Ltd
    • Principles of DoE
    • Benefits of using DoE, and some possible pitfalls
    • Maximising knowledge to help expedite the development programme
    • Practical case study and interactive session
  • Team Exercise. Dr Ian Jolliffe and Dr David Calvert
    • Risk assessment
    • Experimental development strategy
    • Experimental plan
  • Reality Dawns: Development to pilot scale. Dr Ian Jolliffe
    • Process design and process stretch
    • Preliminary process qualification and test methods



Design for Formulation will be held at the Jury’s Inn Hotel, East Midlands Airport, UK. The location is convenient for road (M1), mainline rail (East Midlands Parkway) and air (European and UK) connections. Further details on the venue and travel connections can be found here.


Registration and Further Information

Attendees will receive copies of all workshop materials on a USB memory stick. Lunch and refreshments will be provided for attendees.

If you would like to register then please provide full contact and billing details by e-mail to info@iformulate.biz.

If you have any further queries you please e-mail us at info@iformulate.biz.


24th September 2015: 12:00 am BST
10th December 2015: 12:00 am BST


Jurys Inn, East Midlands Airport
East Midlands Airport
Castle Donington, DE74 2SH United Kingdom