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Daller, Sarah; Friess, Wolfgang; Schroeder, Rudolf (2020): Energy Transfer in Vials Nested in a Rack System During Lyophilization. In: Pharmaceutics, Vol. 12, No. 1, 61
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Small batch sizes are a consequence of more personalized medicine and reflect a trend in the biopharmaceutical industry. Freeze drying of vials nested in a rack system is a tool used in new flexible pilot scale processing lines. Understanding of heat transfer mechanisms in the rack loaded with vials not in direct contact with each other is necessary to ensure high quality. Lyophilization in the rack vial system enables a homogeneous drying with a reduced edge-vial-effect and shielding against radiation from surrounding components, e.g., the chamber wall. Due to the separation effect of the rack, direct shelf contact contributes approx. 40% to the overall energy transfer to the product during primary drying. Hence overall the rack is a flexible, robust tool for small batch production, which ensures a controlled heat transfer resulting in a uniform product.