Dr Andrew Ingham

Lecturer Pharmaceutics/ Drug Delivery
Dr A.Ingham


 PharmacyChronic and Communicable ConditionsAston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing (ARCHA)Member of the Pharmacy and Biology Teaching Programmes, Pharmaceutical; freeze drying , transdermal, and small molecule interaction research. 

School of Life and Health Sciences, Aston University, MB 341C - Aston Triangle, Birmingham B4 7ET, UK, Telephone: +44 (0) 121 204 3913, Inghamaj@aston.ac.uk

The Laboratory

We are a pharmaceutics laboratory which means we formulate medicinal products for a variety of end uses. One of the oldest roles of a pharmacist was to produce medicinal products. We have moved on since the early days of simple bottles and lotions, however somebody must actually make the product. My group and I do just that, we turn medicinal chemistry molecules into real products, intravenous (IV), oral (tablets), transdermal (patches) and a variety of other routes less easily discussed. We are true formulators. 

We have a focus on stabilisation of active molecules to provide long term Quality Assurance (QA) of medicinal products. Indeed this is the area I cover for the pharmacy programme within the Aseptic Pharmaceutical Technology module. 

At a research level we conduct lyophilisation (freeze drying) and spray drying of molecules studying the process of drying materials. This photosynth (you may need a plugin) is of one of the experimental freeze driers. It provides full product temperature control with shelf temperatures from -60 o C to +60 o C. Since this is an experimental machine its quite interesting to take a look at all its 'inner' workings.

     Best Wishes

          Dr Andrew Ingham. 

BSc(Hon), PhD, PGCE, MRPharmS.

Basic Introduction to freeze drying.

[click play for next step] - a very basic view is provided as to how materials can be dried at very low temperatures. 

Dr Andrew Ingham / Aston University / All copyright with original holders.