From helping to create new drugs to designing delivery systems for patients to optimizing packaging, ANSYS tools can be leveraged by researchers and healthcare professionals all along the chain in the quest for groundbreaking cures for patients.

Assessment of changes in airways volume and resistance through functional imaging using CFD. ( Courtesy FluiDAnv )

Computational fluid dynamics, or CFD, software is a key tool in the pharmaceutical industry. This technology allows engineers to visualize and predict manufacturing processes, device performance and the effectiveness of drug delivery systems. And the regulatory approval process, the key step after years of investment in research and development, benefits greatly from the streamlined processes attained using virtual fluid dynamics analysis.

In the drug manufacturing sector, there are huge industry and regulatory requirements related to accuracy. Each batch must conform to the same specifications, and one variation on a product can result in the disqualification of an entire batch — which translates into time and money. Reducing these variations is a function of simulation software, which can conduct what-if studies for minimizing the risk of design failure. For instance, CFD can provide detailed qualitative information such as blend time, yield and gas distribution; it also can replace time-consuming processes that can lead to waste. Increasing the efficiency of the design process can result in reduced time to market for much-needed drugs along with the patent-expiration race.