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|Title:||Method and apparatus for preparing microparticles using in-line solvent extraction|
|Abstract:||Apparatus and method for preparing microparticles using in-line solvent extraction. An emulsion is formed by combining two phases in a static mixer. The emulsion is combined with an extraction liquid in a blending static mixer. The outflow of the blending static mixer is combined with additional extraction liquid. The additional extraction liquid and the outflow of the blending static mixer can be combined in a vessel, or through the use of a static mixer manifold that includes a plurality of static mixers.|
|Inventor(s):||Lyons; Shawn L. (Cincinnati, OH), Wright; Steven G. (Madeira, OH)|
|Assignee:||Alkermes Controlled Therapeutics, Inc. II (Cambridge, MA)|
|Filing Date:||Dec 16, 2002|
|Claims:||1. A method of preparing microparticles, comprising: preparing a first phase, the first phase comprising an active agent, a polymer, and a solvent; preparing a continuous second phase; combining the first phase and the second phase in a first static mixer to form an emulsion; combining the emulsion and a first extraction liquid for extracting solvent from the emulsion in a manifold, wherein the manifold comprises a plurality of individual static mixers configured to form a plurality of parallel flow streams, each of the plurality of parallel flow streams comprising at least one of the plurality of individual static mixers; and combining an outflow of the manifold with a second extraction liquid to extract solvent from the emulsion. |
2. A system for preparing microparticles, comprising: a first pump; a second pump; a first static mixer in fluid communication with said first pump and with said second pump, wherein said first pump is configured to pump an organic phase into said first static mixer, and said second pump is configured to pump a continuous phase into said first static mixer; a manifold in fluid communication with said first static mixer, said manifold comprising a plurality of individual static mixers configured to form a plurality of parallel flow streams, each of said plurality of parallel flow streams comprising at least one of said plurality of individual static mixers; a third pump in fluid communication with said manifold, wherein said third pump is configured to pump an extraction liquid; and a second static mixer in fluid communication with said manifold, wherein an outflow of said first static mixer and the extraction liquid flow through said manifold and through said plurality of parallel flow streams and then through said second static mixer.
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