Course Description

Theory and Practice of Near Infrared in the Life Science Industries

March 20-21, 2018
New Brunswick, NJ

Course Offering 180320NJ1583
Course ID 1583

In-Person Course

Who Should Attend?
The course is intended for pharmaceutical and other life-science professionals who have a direct or casual interest in near-infrared, including:
  • Analysts and Managers
  • Spectroscopists and Chemists (QC, academic, R&D, Process Analysts)
  • Process Engineers
  • PAT/QbD Committee members
  • Quality Assurance professionals

Course Description
This course is designed to provide an overview of the applications of near-infrared in the pharmaceutical field for inexperienced or current users of NIR. It may be used to supplement instrument manufacturers’ courses which are often based on only one type of equipment. The course will show the wide assortment of hardware and software available, describe their uses as well as highlighting the strengths of these products. Current users of NIR will be shown a larger frame of reference and can add to the scope of understanding they already possess. Updates to commercial instruments will be discussed as well as sample interfaces for lab and process applications.

This course covers the fundamentals of NIR, the wide variety of equipment available, and introduces the student to the various types of software programs used in NIR. While not going in-depth in the algorithms, the students will receive sufficient information to intelligently choose and apply the proper software packages for their own applications.

All topics include examples of actual pharmaceutical analyses, how analytical techniques may be developed, how samples are chosen or made for calibrations, how to build and improve calibrations, and how these may be validated and reported to the appropriate agencies (FDA, EMA).

Participants are encouraged to bring one or more problems for discussion (with class or privately with the instructor).

Course Director
Emil W. Ciurczak, Near-Infrared Consultant to the Life Science Industries

Emil W. Ciurczak, holds advanced degrees in Physical and Analytical Chemistry from Rutgers and Seton Hall Universities and is a consultant in Near-Infrared, specializing in the pharmaceutical industry. He is currently developing instruments and applications for the industry while teaching courses in NIR and PAT/QbD in the US, Europe, Asia and Africa. Since 1970, Mr. Ciurczak has worked at Ciba-Geigy, Sandoz, Cooper Labs (Berlex), Merck and Purdue Pharma. He has consulted and worked for Technicon (Bran+Leubbe), NIRSystems (Metrohm), Infrared Fiber Systems, Brimrose, and CDI Pharma. He received the 2004 Eastern Analytical Symposium “Achievements in NIR” award.

Mr. Ciurczak has taught (adjunct) at Stevens Tech, College of St. Elizabeth, Hood College, and Mount St. Mary’s College. He is a founding member of the Council for NIRS, is on several USP Expert Committees, and was on the FDA’s Subcommittee for PAT. He is co-editor of the “Handbook of NIR Analysis” (3 editions), co-author of “Pharmaceutical and Medical Applications of NIRS” (2 editions) and has a number of other texts and chapters on NIR in print. He holds twelve patents on NIR equipment and software and has over sixty contributed papers published as well as over 250 oral presentations.

Venue Information
New Brunswick, NJ Area
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