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Introduction to Formulytica

Formulytica is a specialty research organisation with expertise in contract formulation development services, analytical method development and validation. Our expertise focuses on topical application including creams, gels and foams for dermatology, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, veterinary and personal care products, such as skincare and haircare.

Our team of scientists each have an average of 20 years’ experience working across the Australian, US and EU markets. Formulytica was formed in response to a global market demand from companies wanting to outsource their topical formulation development. We service companies who lack the internal resources, time or the skill set to develop new formulas and prepare products for market.

Based in Australia, the company laboratory is attached to a TGA and APVMA registered manufacturing plant. This provides the ability for Formulytica to deliver unmatched topical product development services, including clinical and stability registration batch preparation.

Formulytica is your “other lab” supporting your business with expert formulation development services without the head count.

Please note: we specialise in topical applications and do not undertake solid dose oral product development.



Formulytica specialises in:

Formulation Development

Topical skin formulation development is our heritage and developing new formulation technologies is what we excel at. We are experts at understanding the chemistry of the active ingredient to then plan a pathway suitable not only for pre-formulation, but also for packaging, manufacturing, clinical, the patient and therapeutic indication.


Formulytica excels at providing analytical support for topical formulations. Method development and validation are integral activities for formulation development. We have the tools to undertake this formula analysis with a focus on monitoring drug stability and formulation physico-chemical properties.

Manufacturing & Technical Transfer Support

To develop a formula suitable for manufacture, filling and packaging we must first understand all the critical process parameters. This is included in a technical package in line with the capabilities of the manufacturer. To ensure your product is successful it is critical to understand prior to manufacturing whether the formulation is fit for use and it’s intended indication.

Consulting Services

Regulatory solutions and advice, troubleshooting and training are provided by our team of experts. This can be undertaken in conjunction with a project or as a standalone activity.


Our latest news 
Wins best lecture Australian Society of Cosmetic Chemists (ASCC) conference Cairns May 2017. Lecture tour in October 2017.
Robert Houlden (Formulation Director) presented on Viscosity vs. Rheology. What’s the difference? Why it matters to the formulation chemist.

The presentation described the use of viscosity and rheology measurement and then application for sensory and formulation performance function.

Catch the presentation in Sydney Feb 22, Brisbane Feb 28, and Perth March 16th

Rheology of semi solid topical formulations – new insights and applications

Robert Houlden Formulation Director at Formulytica will give a number of talks this year. The talks will be based on Formulytica’s work utilising rheology to understand formulation physical properties of semi solid dosage forms, including cream, gel, ointment, thickened solutions and foam. Particular applications in comparison to the reference listed drug form, predicting physical stability and understanding spreadability and effect on aesthetics of these topical formulations.

During February and March 2018, Robert will speak at ASCC (Australian Society of Cosmetic Chemists) members in Sydney, Adelaide Brisbane and Perth. In July 2018 Robert will be a speaker at the International Skin Care Conference in Thailand to talk on rheology and topical formulations. Details of the conference in Thailand can be found here

Expansion of capabilities at Formulytica

Formulytica has started to explore beyond the development of semi solid topical formulation and analytics for our clients.

While our expertise lies in developing and analysing all forms of topical products, we have the expertise and internal capabilities to also develop oral solutions,  injectables and vaccines for our clients and partners.

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