Scale Up: Using Penicillin as an Example


How penicillin is produced in large quantities, and how it works.

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Producer: Filmed at Synpac Pharmaceuticals Ltd in Northumberland and Aston University in Birmingham.
Year Produced: 1997
Running time: 18 minutes
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As demand for penicillin has increased over the last half century, it has become necessary to look for ways to produce it in increasingly large quantities. Looks at how penicillin works and how, in the laboratory and pilot plant, new penicillium strains are identified. Shows the scaling up process from laboratory to industrial plant, how penicillin is extracted and how contamination is monitored and controlled in the production process.
‘This film is of historical interest and reflects the cultural attitudes and language of the time it was made. The imagery and film quality may not be to modern standards.’

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