Volker Hessel receives ERC Proof of Concept

The European Research Council (ERC) has granted prof. Volker Hessel Proof of Concepts. This ‘top up’ grant, worth €150.000 is designed to help ERC-funded frontier research maximize value.

The ERC Proof of Concept study allows the researchers to assess the options for marketing and to set up a concrete business plan for a spin-off company. This will ben PICASCOPiloting Cascaded Continuous Flow Synthesis for the Pharmaceutical Industry.

PICASCO aims to deliver the commercial proof of concept of a novel end-to-end flow manufacturing and a novel corresponding compact mini plant. This is performed through the first continuous 3-step solvent-free flow manufacturing of a pharmaceutically relevant compound at an industrial scale. Currently applied batch manufacturing techniques leave much room for improved quality, efficiency, cost-effectiveness and environmental friendliness. Flow multi-step manufacturing can address all these issues simultaneously, but to date has not been brought to an industrially useful scale. PICASCO sets out to scale this final barrier.

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July 25, 2017