Thursday, July 18, 2013

Slavka Tarzian Awarded Patent from US for Innovation in Pharmaceutical Development

Slavka Tarzian has patented an innovative technique at her company, Schering-Plough Pharmaceuticals

Fort Lauderdale, Florida - In the world of science, most people hope to do something as impressive as to patent one’s innovative invention. Accomplished chemist Slavka Tarzian has done just that! A graduate of Monmouth University in New Jersey and employee of Schering-Plough Pharmaceuticals, Slavka Tarzian officially patented one of her discoveries in 2007, confirmed the US Patent Office.

“It was one of the most exciting experiences I’ve had,” said Slavka Tarzian. The patent Slavka Tarzian received is for her new method of determining the smoothness of canisters containing medicaments that must be inhaled. “I hope that this will be beneficial for the many people in the country who take medicine through inhalation,” says Slavka Tarzian. “That’s one of the greatest things about working in pharmaceuticals. We’re basically working to make medicines effective and practical.”

Slavka Tarzian’s patent includes a unique patent number, and was issued on March 6, 2007. “Patenting something is an accomplishment that most scientists will accomplish only once during their careers, if that,” said Slavka Tarzian. “We’re always working to move forward with new inventions for patient care. My hope is that my design will be implemented by other researchers, for the ultimate goal of creating more efficiency for people who need inhalation-based medicines.”

The patent Slavka Tarzian received is for a technique she mapped out herself. In an accompanying drawing, Slavka Tarzian breaks down the method for new users. Using a microscope, a digital camera, and a digital computer, explains Slavka Tarzian, a research scientist can photograph a sample of the inner core of the canister. Then, says Slavka Tarzian, the image is projected onto a computer. Slavka Tarzian also came up with a useful formula: Slavka Tarzian divides the amount of light reflected from the sample surface by the amount of light reflected from aluminum foil. This, says Slavka Tarzian, is how she and other scientists can determine something called the “smoothness index,” or the overall smoothness of the canister material.

Slavka Tarzian’s fellow research scientists report that her invention brings a new level of efficiency and precision to their work, and they are excited to see a technique that has been so successful in their lab implemented elsewhere.

About: Slavka Tarzian, research scientist at Schering-Plough Pharmaceuticals, is the author of a patent for an inhalation-based medicine canister measurement technique.

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