IP support

Comprehensive screening

Increasing drug development costs, weak product pipelines and greater competition, are forcing the pharmaceutical industry to explore the true potential of existing molecules in order to maintain or extend patent protection.

The quest to stretch a molecule’s lifecycle has become at least as important as the discovery and development of new drug candidates.

At Ardena, we use our solid state research capabilities to provide insights and techniques to assist with lifecycle management.

Our comprehensive screening programs are designed to obtain the whole range of solid forms of drug substances (polymorphs – including solvates and hydrates, salts, co-crystals and amorphous solid dispersions).

By combining experimental design expertise, high- and medium-throughput screening and chemometric analysis with state-of-the-art analytical techniques our screens provide the best chance of success.

Pharmaceutical Intellectual Property consulting

Intellectual Property (IP) of the relevant solid forms is vital to defend innovator patents. Our thorough screening techniques ensure identification and characterisation of the solid form landscape of a drug substance, as well as detection of potential patent infringement.

Additionally, with over a decade of experience in drafting patents for drug substance solid forms we help customers ensure their molecules are protected in the most effective manner.

Counterfeit and substandard drug testing

In cases of substandard and counterfeit medicines, investigation of the solid form of the drug substance, or any of the ingredients of the formulation, is essential and may reveal differences in quality or even violation of IP.

We use our analytical equipment to characterise the solid state of the drug substance or excipients of both the genuine and suspicious products in order to pinpoint the differences.