Welcome to the website of the Pharmaceutical Solid State Research Cluster (PSSRC).

Researchers from the universities of Cambridge (United Kingdom), Copenhagen (Denmark), Düsseldorf (Germany), Ghent (Belgium), Graz (Austria), Helsinki (Finland), Leuven (Belgium), Lille (France), Lisbon (Portugal), Ljubljana (Slovenia) and Otago (New Zealand). have teamed up to collaborate on overcoming current limitations in the formulation of solid dosage forms. The focus of their work is on the development of novel pharmaceutical dosage forms and strategies to ensure the quality of medicines.

The research activities in the different groups cover all areas of solid dosage form development. Current areas of particular interest are solubility enhancement, stability of medicines, physical pharmacy, process understanding and process analytical technology (PAT).

Our Research

Within the cluster the research activities are addressing two main areas: the development of novel analytical technologies and their use for advanced process engineering of typical unit operations during pharmaceutical manufacture.

In order to achieve this we aim at understanding the fundamental physics and chemistry behind phenomena regularly encountered during pharmaceutical manufacturing. In a second step we then develop approaches to use this knowledge for the control and optimisation of solid dosage form production.

About the cluster

The Pharmaceutical Solid State Research Cluster (PSSRC) was founded at the 2006 AAPS Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX.

It has since gradually expanded and is now linking eleven research centres in the pharmaceutical sciences from the Universities of Cambridge (United Kingdom), Copenhagen (Denmark), Düsseldorf (Germany), Ghent (Belgium), Graz (Austria), Helsinki (Finland), Leuven (Belgium), Lille (France), Lisbon (Portugal), Ljubljana (Slovenia) and Otago (New Zealand).

The cluster was formed to catalyse research activities in the solid state by sharing facilities, collaborating on specific projects and giving research students the possibility to engage with other researchers in the area.

The PSSRC receives no funding through any government or industrial sponsorships. The cluster does not sponsor any research itself. It is purely a joint platform for collaboration between the different groups and to engage with the wider community including our colleagues in industry and the regulatory agencies.

Future Expansion of the Cluster

At present we have no plans to further grow the cluster to include further groups. We would like to stress that we have taken this decision not in order to alienate or exclude any other members of our research community but purely based on the fact that the unique interaction within the PSSRC, and in particular during the annual symposium, is built on mutual trust between all members which can only be ensured if we all know one another very well and are able to maintain an active and close working relationship.

We would like to highlight that all cluster centres are always very keen to extend and diversify their individual collaborations as their research activities evolve and that the policy of the cluster in no way represents any exclusivity of research interactions between cluster members.

Please feel free to contact us individually and we are happy to share our expertise and interest with you.

Cluster Alumni

All former members of the cluster, no matter whether they now still work in academia elsewhere or have moved to industry or beyond, are always welcome to join us for our annual symposium. You can all still consider yourselves members of the cluster and we would be happy to see you both during the closed days of the meeting and the open day!