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The CPES's Team “EfferShield” won the BioNow Project of the Year Award for 2019

Experts in pharmaceutical formulation development

The Centre for Pharmaceutical Engineering Science (CPES) is an interdisciplinary research and industrial collaboration centre, which has expertise across the pharmaceutical sciences, chemistry and polymer engineering disciplines with an excellent reputation for contract research and working with industry.

CPES academic research is focused on developing an in-depth fundamental understanding of the influencing factors on both product and process development in the pharmaceutical and related industries, including use of Process Analytical Technology (PAT) and Quality by Design (QbD) approaches to pharmaceutical product development and process optimisation.

CPES offers expertise and contract research services in the areas of preformulation analysis, pharmaceutical formulation development, poorly soluble drugs, amorphous forms, melt technologies, crystal engineering and cocrystals, particle size reduction technologies and novel polymorphic transitions.

A key focus of the research undertaken at CPES is the development of innovative formulation technologies in the area of pharmaceutical and healthcare formulation.

For further details of our contract research capabilities please download the CPES brochure below.

Researcher using injection moulding equipment

Innovators in drug delivery

Our pharmaceutical formulation development services includes know-how over a range of enabling technologies focused on solubility enhancement of poorly soluble actives including melt technologies, spray and freeze drying and nanosuspensions covering a range of drug delivery systems including transdermal, parenteral, inhaled and more conventional oral formulations.

The Centre for Pharmaceutical Engineering Science is located across the University’s city campus having laboratories in the Norcroft Building and the Polymer IRC  providing a wide range of excellent research facilities and equipment enabling our scientists to design of novel formulation technologies for the development of enhanced pharmaceutical and related products.

Placing vials in freeze dryer

Commercialisation of novel technologies

A key focus of the research undertaken at CPES is the development of novel technologies in the general area of pharmaceutical and healthcare formulation. The centre has an excellent record of developing intellectual property for commercialisation through collaboration with appropriate industry partners.

We are currently seeking commercial partners for the following innovative technologies:

  • Non-hygroscopic effervescent solid dosage formulations
  • Novel abuse resistant systems for opiate drug delivery
  • Solvent free process for manufacture of co-crystals
  • Stable novel polymorphs of pharmaceutical actives

Postgraduate study

CPES offers a number of opportunities for students to engage in post-graduate studies. We welcome applications from students to undertake MPhil, PhD and MSc studies in the following areas:

  • pharmaceutical materials
  • drug delivery systems
  • novel process development
  • reactive extrusion
  • material characterisation
  • Process Analytical Technology (PAT)

MSc in Pharmaceutical Technology

The interdisciplinary postgraduate MSc programme in Pharmaceutical Technology has been developed to meet the current and future requirements of the global pharmaceutical industry. This unique course will provide students with a wider exposure to and understanding of pharmaceutical technologies, delivery systems and process analytics.

For more information on this course and how to apply 

PhD Opportunities

How to apply

If you would like to undertake a MPhil or PhD research programme with The Centre for Pharmaceutical Engineering Science please identify your area of interest by visiting the PhD in Pharmacy and Medical Science pages and viewing the current PhD programmes available under Medicines Development and Pharmaceutcial Sciences (MDPS) pages.

For more informationon PhD courses and how to apply

Placement Scheme

We are also able to offer practical lab based training for Undergraduate and Graduate students looking to enhance their laboratory skills and techniques. Please contact us if you would like to undertake a placement at The Centre for Pharmaceutical Engineering Science


postgraduates at shin etsu event

CPES “Effershield technology” wins the BioNow “Project of the Year Award”

The Centre for Pharmaceutical Engineering Science's Team “EfferShield” won the Bionow Project of the Year Award for 2019. Prof Anant Paradkar, Director of the Centre accepted the prestigious Award at the Mere Hotel on Thursday Nov 28th.

Health Innovations collaborated with the Centre for Pharmaceutical Engineering Science (CPES) to develop innovative granulation technology for nutritional supplements to replace imported pre-granulated materials. 

The team have been selected as finalists in the Innovate UK KTP best of the best awards 2019 in the Best Business Impact category

The team at CPES has recently developed “FastAct” Technology which is a ground breaking invention related to enhanced bioavailability of drugs. FastAct is targeted to address poorly soluble actives in the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and agrochemical sectors.

The team at CPES has recently developed “SelfGel” Technology which is a new bioadhesive gelling system. The novel technology was designed to address the challenges faced by current gel based formulations when used in topical applications

Meet the team

CPES Brochure

If you require this information in an alternative format, please contact our team.

General Enquiries

Professor Anant Paradkar - Director

T: +44-1274-233900

Dr Jason Jones - Business Development

T: +44-1274- 236193

Centre for Pharmaceutcial Engineering Science
Norcroft building
University of Bradford
Richmond Road