Improved Pharma is pleased to announce the return of this popular and informative workshop. Registration and additional information can be found here: SPS-XRPD Workshop

Over 20 guest lecturers have been gathered to present on the following topics:

  • Regulatory aspects
  • Role of polymorphism in intellectual property rights
  • Synchrotron advanced instrumentation and applications in pharma
  • Electron diffraction, SAXS, and complementary techniques
  • Pair Distribution Function instrumentation and applications

A tutorial section will be held at the beginning of the workshop to provide a primer on the topics of polymorphism, synchrotron XRPD, and Pair Distribution Function. In addition, round table discussions will be held throughout the workshop to discuss the various topics. The full schedule can be found here.

We are extremely grateful for the generous support of our sponsors, especially Materials Development Inc. for supporting the attendance of several students.

“Pharmaceutical development has benefited greatly from synchrotron techniques,” remarked Professor Stephen Byrn of Purdue University and CSO of Improved Pharma. “We are pleased to be able to gather once again to share and discuss the latest advances in this very exciting field.”

The organizing committee consists of representatives from Argonne National LaboratoryExcelsus Structural SolutionsImproved Pharma, and Purdue University

About Improved Pharma
Improved Pharma is a research, consulting, and information company dedicated to improving pharmaceutical methods, formulations, and processes. Services include solid-state form studies, formulation design, synchrotron techniques, analytical testing, and expert consulting for the development and defense of intellectual property matters. The company was founded in 2006 by Stephen and Sarah Byrn, who also founded SSCI.

For more information about Improved Pharma’s services, please contact us at 1-765-463-9951 or

About Excelsus Structural Solutions
Excelsus Structural Solutions is a spin-off company of the Paul Scherrer Institute, which offers analytical services and scientific consultancy to the pharma and chemical industry based on synchrotron radiation. Services include ab-initio structure solution from powder diffraction data, qualitative and quantitative structural analysis at state-of-the-art Level of Detection and QuantitationSmall Angle Scattering. The company was founded by CEO Fabia Gozzo in 2012.

For more information about Excelsus’ services, please contact us at +41-79-8303201 or

About The Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory
The Advanced Photon Source (APS) at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory provides ultra-bright, high-energy storage ring-generated x-ray beams for research in almost all scientific disciplines. These x-rays allow scientists to pursue new knowledge about the structure and function of a wide range of materials including the development of new pharmaceuticals.

More information about the Advanced Photon Source can be found here.