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The Elephant in the Lab Room - The Path to Resolving Storage Space Issues

April 2, 2014 | by Deborah Suzan Huff, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, SSOE Group | Comments

It seems simple enough . . . when planning a new laboratory facility, ensure that there is adequate storage space and that it is located in the right place and arranged to accommodate access based upon frequency of use. And yet, much can go wrong…and often does.

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Tablet Coating Musts

April 16, 2014 9:21 am | by Mike Tousey, Techceuticals | Comments

When it comes to coating tablets there are musts that really count and then there are the other things.                         

Flexible Packaging - Growth and Flexibility Make Reed-Lane a Valuable Packaging Partner

March 27, 2014 9:07 am | by Mike Auerbach, Editor-in Chief | Comments

No two packaging projects are alike and in order to make it all work and to keep everything on track and everyone happy you need to have a flexible, responsive and quality-driven organizations. Reed-Lane has deftly combined these qualities along with recent investments to create a truly flexible contract packaging operation.


High-Performance Exosome Purification and Characterization via Density Gradient Ultracentrifugation and Dynamic Light Scattering

March 12, 2014 2:06 pm | Comments

Exosomes purification and analyses comprise a fast evolving research area; more than 70% of published research on exosomes has been done within the last six years. Challenges to researchers working with exosomes include setting up density gradients by hand, because it is tedious, time-consuming and subject to user, lab, and method variability.


Personalized Testing - BioReliance Builds a Biologics Clearance Service Facility That’s a Home Away from Home

March 11, 2014 4:09 pm | by Mike Auerbach, Editor in Chief @PharmProEditor | Comments

BioReliance, a company that provides testing and manufacturing services to pharmaceutical/biopharma companies, realized that the absence of full featured and customizable biological clearance testing facilities was an opportunity. The company’s recently opened facility in Rockville, MD offers their clients private and secure work lounges along with fully modular lab spaces that can be designed, equipped and ready-to-go upon their arrival.

Outsourcing to the Emerging Markets

March 7, 2014 11:24 am | by Bikash Chatterjee, President and CTO, Pharmatech Associates | Comments

The movement toward transparency is global, touching almost every aspect of society. Whether the topic is NSA eavesdropping in the U.S. or banking practices in the European Union, transparency and accountability go hand in hand. The pharma industry is no different.


Enhancing Capsule Filling Efficiencies

March 4, 2014 2:15 pm | by John Davidson, Manager of Quality Engineering Services, Capsugel Americas | Comments

The right combination of equipment, capsule, and formulation can bolster yields, speed up filling, and cut downtime for faster market delivery and higher profits.               


Norwich Recognized for Equipment Investments

March 3, 2014 12:59 pm | by Jeff Reinke; @JeffReinkeABM | Comments

The Norwich Pharma Services manufacturing facility in Norwich, New York is as varied in its capabilities as it is its equipment investment strategy. This dedication to growth through equipment and technology investment has led to it being recognized as one of Pharmaceutical Processing’s Facility Excellence Award winners for 2014.


Custom Processing Services Recognized for Excellence in Manufacturing

March 3, 2014 12:45 pm | by Jeff Reinke; @JeffReinkeABM | Comments

Custom Processing Services has a strong track record of contract manufacturing in the pharmaceuticals marketplace. And on November 11, 2011 that legacy was strengthened with the opening of a 42,000 square foot facility dedicated to GMP processing, with two unique GMP processing stations. This commitment has led to it being recognized as one of Pharmaceutical Processing’s Facility Excellence Award winners for 2014.


Caliber Recognized for Excellence In Technology

March 3, 2014 12:28 pm | by Jeff Reinke; @JeffReinkeABM | Comments

The Caliber Biotherapeutics manufacturing facility in Bryan, Texas offers an interesting look at the development and integration of Plant Made Pharmaceuticals. This commitment to new and innovative drug development strategies has led to it being recognized as one of Pharmaceutical Processing’s Facility Excellence Award winners for 2014.


Pharmaceutical Processing Announces 2014 Facility Excellence Award Winners

March 3, 2014 12:15 pm | by Jeff Reinke; @JeffReinkeABM | Comments

New development technologies, expanded contract manufacturing and service capabilities, as well as innovative equipment investment strategies highlight leading practices from the best in pharmaceutical processing comprise the 2014 Pharmaceutical Processing Facility Excellence Award winners.


Unlocking Efficiencies in Plant Processing Equipment

February 26, 2014 8:44 am | by Paul McClune, Global Product Manager, ITT Engineered Valves | Comments

In the biotechnology and pharmaceutical processing industries, maintaining diaphragm valves is considered the primary bottleneck of the maintenance process. A typical diaphragm change-out can easily take a full week of plant downtime, resulting in significant hours of lost production time.


Softgel Success - Optical Inspection System Verifies Softgel Quality

February 19, 2014 8:26 am | Comments

GNC, the largest specialty retailer of nutritional supplements in the world, is respected for its focus on quality. They rely on their subsidiary, Nutra Manufacturing, to apply their “quality first” principle to manufacturing. Over the years, Nutra has turned to Symetix® for high performance optical inspection systems that verify product quality.


Plug-N-Play in Biopharma Processing

February 14, 2014 1:52 pm | by A. Mark Trotter, Marketing Manager, 3M Purifications Inc. | Comments

The use of disposables in biopharmaceutical production facilities started in the late 1990’s and has evolved to include innovative Single-Use Systems (SUS) products from upstream bioreactors/clarification filtration to downstream separation and purification applications, TFF, membrane chromatography, and virus removal.


Barrier Isolation - The “Must Have” Technology for 2014

February 11, 2014 3:59 pm | by James Hirt, RA, Kezlo Group, LLC | Comments

Barrier isolator technology is one area of pharmaceutical manufacturing where the latest and greatest technology is becoming a driver of business necessity.               


Sealing Lined Piping Systems

February 4, 2014 2:03 pm | by Matt Tones, Director of Market Intelligence, Garlock Sealing Technologies | Comments

One of the most cost-effective ways of dealing with severe, corrosive chemicals or process media whose purity must be maintained is to use equipment with process-specific liners.            


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