Industry News: Blacktrace launches Particle Works – the new dedicated particle engineering brand

Particle Works combines a strong heritage in engineering with scientific knowledge, microfluidic expertise and in-house chip fabrication

10 May 2022


Blacktrace Holdings Ltd – a world leader in Productizing Science® – is excited to announce the launch of Particle Works, a spin-out of Dolomite Microfluidics. The official launch of this new brand will take place at the LNP Formulation and Process Development Summit in Boston, MA, from the April 12-14th 2022.

Particle Works’ game-changing particle engineering platforms are set to revolutionize the way customers discover, develop, and scale-up particle production for a wide range of applications. The brand draws on Blacktrace Holdings’ 20+ years of experience in particle engineering and microfluidic technology to offer novel systems for the consistent and reliable generation of various particle types for use in medical, biotechnology, and materials science industries.

Previously, nanoparticles – such as liposomes, lipid nanoparticles (LNPs), and polymer-based nanoparticles – have been produced using batch methods that are inconsistent and difficult to control, risking damage to encapsulated products and leading to polydisperse particles to produce variable in vivo results. Particle Works will solve this challenge by using proven and reliable microfluidic technologies to create pioneering systems capable of consistent and tuneable particle generation. This will enable the manufacturing process to be more stable and efficient, with a lower chance of particle damage, further reducing the time of development cycles compared to traditional batch methods. The brand will initially focus on enhancing drug encapsulation and vaccine delivery, opening previously inaccessible extremely performant, and precision solutions to its customers.

Lee Jeffries, Managing Director of Particle Works, explained: “As leaders in the field of particle technology, we understand the needs of our customers, and Particle Works is the direct result of the growing demand for reliable and scalable solutions for nanoparticle production. From formulation, screening, and process optimization to scale-up manufacturing, Particle Works will provide scientists with innovative and automated platforms to speed up their processes, enabling customers to produce nanoparticles with unrivaled precision, consistency, and control. This will help to minimize sample use and shorten timelines from discovery to manufacturing. ”

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