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Japanese USP: From Micron to Nano
Concentrated efforts in particle technology have played a major role in the research strategies of pharmaceutical companies. The companies have developed their capabilities to characterise, control and optimise particle properties at every step of the manufacturing process to accelerate the development of new products, increased revenue and market share. In a tête-à-tête with Takeshi Okawara, President, The Association of Powder Process Industry and Engineering (APPIE), Japan, he shares an overview of Japanese powder technologies.

Global pharmaceutical industry’s incremental growth will come from the emerging markets. Indian pharmaceutical market is estimated to touch USD 20 billion by 2015. Indian pharmaceutical industry grew at 15.7 per cent in December 2011. The industry is frontrunner in a wide range of specialties involving complex drugs manufacture, development and technology. As pharmaceutical products become more complex, regulatory requirements for product uniformity and performance will correspondingly become increasingly demanding, requiring much better understanding and control of product properties and process attributes.

Concentrated efforts in particle technology have played a major role in the research strategies of pharmaceutical companies. This has a large effect on the profitability in terms of time to market and length of patent protection. As is well known in the industry, the profitability of a drug product drops substantially once it loses patent protection, so the impact of reduced time-to-market is enormous. The companies have developed their capabilities to characterize, control and optimize particle properties at every step of the manufacturing process to accelerate the development of new products, increased revenue and market share. With refined particle technology operations, in the drug development processes the process of drug manufacturing is becoming critical for the product performance. With increase in usage of nanotechnology in drug development towards improvement in product improvement, pharmaceutical industry is embracing these technologies rapidly.

India as a Market for Japanese Technologies
Okawara feels that the Indian market is very attractive for Japanese technology. Japanese people know that India is a big country and its population is enormous. They also know that India has large human resources in the field of IT. However details of inside are unknown to most Japanese. He says, “Observing Japanese companies entering India, I have the impression that it takes a long time for them to take root in the Indian society.

These impressions may come from multiethnic country, multiple language and difference in business custom. Looking at Japanese companies expanding their business in India, I believe that there is a continued demand for advanced powder technology."

Targeted Industries
Okawara reveals, "We are targeting all the industries, which require powder-handling processes. Firstly I think of process technology related to resource development such as mining, mineral and rare earths and others would include comminution, classification, drying, granulation, mixing, kneading, calcination, molding, dust collection, nanoparticle technology, medication, pharmaceutical industry, food, battery, static electricity technology and so on. Evaluation technology such as measurement and instrumentation also occupy important components for making up the processes. Our USP can be summed up in the following words; Reassurance, Safety & Reliability and from Micron to Nano."

Challenges to Address in Highly Competitive Indian Market
Okawara believes that the Japanese companies must really take root in India by establishing joint ventures or independent companies though it takes a long time. Also, it is important to make specs suitable for India and understand requirement of Indian market.