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Metered Dose Inhaler (MDI) Technology Training Course

A comprehensive overview of MDIs including development, manufacture, regulation and market potential

★★★★★ "I was hoping for further improvement of my understanding of the matter of inhalational drugs, especi... more"

27-30 Mar 2023
+ 2 more dates

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  • Format: Live online, Classroom
  • CPD: 12 hours for your records
  • Certificate of completion

Course overview

This interactive seminar will provide a comprehensive overview of metered-dose inhaler technology past, present and future, giving participants a valuable insight into market potential and recent industry trends. The programme will clarify the therapeutic targets and look at the various delivery technologies available. There will be detailed coverage of the current environmental, regulatory and economic pressures and how these impact, development, manufacturing process, equipment and options, together with quality and inspection requirements, human factors and bioequivalence. Our highly experienced trainer will address the regulations applying to inhalation products and provide guidance on the regulatory pathways to follow.

The event will benefit those new to this area and will also be of value to anybody who requires a refresher on the opportunities available with this technology. The seminar format will include practical workshops, which past delegates have found invaluable, and ample opportunity for discussion on any specific issues with an expert in this field.

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Who should attend?

  • Respiratory pharma professionals who need to understand MDI technology and its opportunities
  • Medical device professionals new to working in the area of MDIs or those who need a refresher
  • Development and regulatory professionals, with a development or product portfolio including MDIs, who need an understanding of future demands
  • Medical device business development managers
  • Respiratory professionals in R&D
  • Medical device manufacturers working in the respiratory market

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The Metered Dose Inhaler (MDI) Technology course will cover:

Therapeutic targets

  • A brief history of inhalation and MDI therapy
  • The lung as a target
  • Respiratory diseases
  • Systemic delivery
  • Therapeutic considerations
  • Life limiting Vs Life threatening

Markets past, present and future

  • Geographic - Challenges and opportunities
  • Disease prevalence
  • Economic considerations
  • International demand
  • Modelling opportunity (what to consider)

Delivery technologies

  • Inhalation
    • MDI
    • DPI: unit dose, multi-dose, reservoir
    • Nebuliser: energy source, SMI, other
  • Other
    • Oral
    • Injectable
    • Nasal
  • Cost considerations 
    • Design
    • Scale
    • Investment
    • Cost of goods
    • Typical breakdown
    • Sensitivities

Workshop I

  • Ranking of competitive technologies for different opportunities

The MDI – overview

  • Hardware
    • Valves
    • Canister
    • Actuators
    • Sources
  • Formulations
    • Solution
    • Suspensions
    • Other

The MDI – manufacturing process

  • Process
    • Single-stage
    • Multi-stage
    • Cold
    • Flow
    • Areas

The MDI – manufacturing equipment

  • Scale
    • Lab
    • Small
    • Medium
    • Large

The MDI – quality and inspection

  • Incoming
  • Release 

The MDI – other performance

  • Prime and re-prime
  • Thermal

Challenges and opportunities for the MDI – development and technical

  • Performance
  • Stability
  • Compatibility
  • Hardware availability
  • Manufacturing processes/equipment

Challenges and opportunities for the MDI and DPI

  • Co-ordination
  • Breath actuation
  • Breath co-ordination
  • Training
    • Deposition
    • Spacers
    • Holding chambers
    • Enhancements
    • Changing therapeutic approaches
    • Once daily
    • Combinations

    Workshop II

    • SWOT MDI vs multi-dose DPI
    • SWOT MDI vs soft mist inhaler

    Regulation of inhalation products

    • Regulatory landscape (EU, US, RoW)
      • Generic
      • New combination
      • New chemical entity
      • Time to market
      • Success rate
      • Key expectations
    • Changing environment
      • Combination product approaches
      • Human factors
      • Bioequivalence

    Workshop III

    • Predictions for inhalation products
      • What? When? Why?

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    David Howlett
    Pharma Delivery Solutions

    In 2003 David established PharmaDelivery Solutions Ltd as a specialised consultancy service in the field of drug delivery combination products (especially respiratory) device technology. This has led to involvement in projects with focus in pulmonary, nasal and other delivery routes, with an international client base. Much of the activity of PharmaDelivery Solutions Ltd is focused in the area of development programme support, regulatory GAP analysis and generation of documentation supporting development and test programmes, together with data review and contingency evaluation.

    David has over 35 years experience in the development, industrialization and approval of inhalation drug delivery systems, combination products and medical devices.

    PharmaDelivery Solutions Ltd has provided input ranging from GAP analysis and comment to complete remedial implementation in areas including

    • Design Control
    • Risk Management
    • Materials strategies
    • Regulatory documentation
    • Technical reviews and opinion

    In addition to activities supporting commercial organizations, David has been involved in the following roles;

    Honorary Teaching Fellow in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Manchester and is author/ tutor for the Pharmaceutical Industry Advanced Training (PIAT) MSc module on Inhalation dosage forms.

    A UK national expert representing the British Standards Institute on ISO TC84 developing new international standards for pulmonary and nasal delivery devices syringes and catheters.

    David has also worked with the United Nations and various national governments to develop and establish transition strategies from the use of CFC in Metered Dose Inhalers and to secure appropriate budgets from the Multi-lateral fun for the implementation of the Montreal Protocol in emerging markets around the world.

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    27-30 Mar 2023

    Live online

    13:30-17:15 UK (London) (UTC+01)
    14:30-18:15 Paris (UTC+02)
    08:30-12:15 New York (UTC-04)
    Course code 12529

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    • EUR 1,589 1,869
    • USD 1,817 2,129

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    22-23 Jun 2023

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    13-14 Sep 2023

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    09:30-17:15 UK (London) (UTC+01)
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    04:30-12:15 New York (UTC-04)
    Course code 12307

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    Reviews of IPI's Metered Dose Inhaler (MDI) Technology training course

    I was hoping for further improvement of my understanding of the matter of inhalational drugs, especially MDI, and this expectation was fully met. The speakers had superb knowledge of the subject, vast experience and a great sense of humour.

    Sep 18 2019

    Robin Boehm
    Team Leader Regulatory Submissions - New Products, STADA Arzneimittel AG

    Feb 20 2019

    In general good for content and presentation.

    Celestino Ronchi
    President, Delim Cosmetics & Pharma s.r.l.

    Feb 20 2019

    Very good course for those who has no previous experience in this Topic...Thanks to the organisers.

    Sami Qassim
    Senior Vice President , Tabuk Pharmaceutical Research Co.

    United Kingdom

    • 3M
    • Avillion LLP
    • Chiesi Ltd
    • Chiesi SA
    • Lupin Healthcare UK
    • Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
    • MHRA
    • Presspart Manufacturing Limited
    • Presspart Manufacturing Ltd
    • Vectura


    • RPC Formatec GmbH
    • STADA Arzneimittel AG


    • Delim Cosmetics & Pharma s.r.l.


    • H&T Presspart
    • Presspart


    • Geolab Pharmaceutical Industry


    • Croatian Agency for Medicinal Products and Medical Devices


    • Teva Pharmaceuticals Ireland


    • Tabuk Pharmaceutical Research Co.

    United States of America

    • Glenmark Pharma

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