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Details for Patent: 7,300,671

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Details for Patent: 7,300,671

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, Inc. (Cambridge, MA)
Filing Date:Jun 22, 2005
Application Number:11/158,078
Claims:1. A method of preparing microparticles, comprising: dissolving an active agent in a first solvent to form an active agent solution; dissolving a polymer in a second solvent to form a polymer solution; blending the active agent solution and the polymer solution to form an organic phase; combining the organic phase and an aqueous phase in a first static mixer to form an emulsion, the emulsion forming an outflow of the first static mixer; combining the outflow of the first static mixer and a first portion of a starting volume of an extraction liquid for extracting the first and second solvents from the emulsion in a second static mixer; and combining an outflow of the second static mixer with a second portion of the extraction liquid to extract the first and second solvents from the emulsion.

2. The method of claim 1, wherein the step of combining the outflow of the second static mixer with the second portion of the extraction liquid comprises: allowing the outflow of the second static mixer to flow into a vessel containing the second portion of the extraction liquid.

3. The method of claim 1, wherein the step of combining the outflow of the second static mixer with the second portion of the extraction liquid comprises: combining the outflow of the second static mixer and the second portion of the extraction liquid in a third static mixer.

4. The method of claim 3, further comprising: allowing an outflow of the third static mixer to flow into a vessel.

5. The method of claim 4, further comprising: continuing the step of combining the outflow of the second static mixer and the second portion of the extraction liquid in the third static mixer until the organic phase is depleted; and transferring a remainder of the starting volume of the extraction liquid to the vessel.

6. The method of claim 1, wherein the step of combining the outflow of the second static mixer with the second portion of the extraction liquid comprises: combining the outflow of the second static mixer and the second portion of the extraction liquid in a third static mixer and repeating this combining step until the starting volume of the extraction liquid is depleted.

7. A method of preparing microparticles, comprising: dissolving an active agent and a polymer in a solvent to form an organic phase; combining the organic phase and an aqueous phase in a first static mixer to form an emulsion, the emulsion forming an outflow of the first static mixer; combining the outflow of the first static mixer and a first portion of a starting volume of an extraction liquid for extracting the solvent from the emulsion in a second static mixer; and combining an outflow of the second static mixer with a second portion of the extraction liquid to extract the solvent from the emulsion.

8. The method of claim 7, wherein the step of combining the outflow of the second static mixer with the second portion of the extraction liquid comprises: allowing the outflow of the second static mixer to flow into a vessel containing the second portion of the extraction liquid.
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