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Details for Patent: 7,510,730

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Details for Patent: 7,510,730

Title:Apparatus and method 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:Jul 16, 2007
Application Number:11/826,533
Claims:1. A method of preparing microparticles, comprising: combining a polymer solution and a drug solution to form an organic phase, wherein the polymer solution comprises a poly(lactide-co-glycolide) polymer and a solvent, and the drug solution comprises risperidone; combining the organic phase with an aqueous phase in a first static mixer to form an emulsion; combining the emulsion and a first extraction liquid for extracting the solvent from the emulsion in a second static mixer, wherein the first extraction liquid comprises ethyl acetate; and combining an outflow of the second static mixer with a second extraction liquid.

2. The method of claim 1, wherein the second extraction liquid comprises ethyl acetate.

3. The method of claim 1, wherein the second static mixer comprises a plurality of individual static mixers configured to provide a plurality of parallel flow streams.

4. The method of claim 3, wherein the second extraction liquid comprises ethyl acetate.

5. The method of claim 3, wherein the poly(lactide-co-glycolide) polymer has a molar ratio of lactide to glycolide in the range of from about 85:15 to about 50:50.

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

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

8. The method of claim 1, wherein the poly(lactide-co-glycolide) polymer has a molar ratio of lactide to glycolide in the range of from about 85:15 to about 50:50.

9. The method of claim 8, wherein the second extraction liquid comprises ethyl acetate.
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