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OOS Investigations topic of 2014 PharmaLab Congress in Dusseldorf

Posted by Rapid Micro Biosystems

Nov 19, 2014 1:00:00 AM

oos investigations topic PharmaLab Congress in DusseldorfRapid Micro Biosystems is exhibiting the 2014 PharmaLab Congress at the Swissotel hotel in Dusseldorf, Germany. The conference covers topics such as analytics, bioanalytics, microbiology and research and development. Attendees will also be able to get to know companies exhibiting between conference rooms, including Rapid Micro Biosystems at Stand 10.

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Topics: OOS Investigations, automatic rapid microbial detection, RMM

New Technical Document on Bio-Contamination from PHSS

Posted by Rapid Micro Biosystems

Nov 12, 2014 9:00:00 AM

179302756Contamination is a major issue for pharmaceutical manufacturers that want to mitigate risks that might compromise product quality, efficacy and patient safety.

On September 12th, the Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Sciences Society (PHSS) addressed this need by releasing “Technical Document No. 20 – Bio-contamination characterization, control, monitoring and deviation management in controlled/GMP classified areas.”  The document, five years in the making by the U.K.-based nonprofit, is guidance to developing control strategies for modern sterile pharmaceutical manufacturers.

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Topics: microbial contamination, quality control, Sterile Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

Incubation Protocol and Time to Results with Rapid Enumeration Methods

Posted by Rapid Micro Biosystems

Nov 5, 2014 8:00:00 AM

rapid_em_methodsYou know the compendial method for microbial enumeration is a critical step in ensuring the safety of raw materials, production environments and finished products in pharmaceutical manufacturing. In recent years, technological advancements in automated, growth-based rapid microbial methods (RMM) have allowed microbiologists to automate and accelerate the process without sacrificing accuracy. 

An important aspect as part of the implementation of a growth-based RMM is to determine the time to results (TTR). The team at Rapid Micro Biosystems has recently published a peer-reviewed article entitled, “Determining incubation regime and time to results for automated rapid microbiology EM methods” in the European Journal of Parenteral and Pharmaceutical Science.  The article discusses experimental design strategies for setting TTR, includes an illustrative case study for determining the optimal incubation regime and time to results specifically for environmental monitoring. 

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Topics: Microbial Enumeration, RMM

Blue LED Light Wins 2014 Nobel Prize for Physics—Helps QC Labs Garner Rapid, Non-Destructive Results

Posted by Rapid Micro Biosystems

Oct 29, 2014 8:00:00 AM

blue_ledOn October 7, the Royal Swedish Academy of Science awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics to Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura “for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes, which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources.” Because of the invention of the blue LED, white light can be used in a far more long-lasting and energy-efficient way compared to older light sources.

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Topics: The Growth Direct System, QC Labs

Workshop: Making Better Decisions in the Automated Microbiology Lab

Posted by Rapid Micro Biosystems

Oct 23, 2014 7:30:00 AM

microbiology_labOn October 30, experts from Rapid Micro Biosystems and Lonza will be hosting on a one-day workshop at the Killashee House Hotel outside Dublin, Ireland. Titled “Making Better Decisions in the Automated Microbiology Lab,” the event will focus on new technologies that offer microbial quality control labs the opportunities to manage data and resources more efficiently and make decisions with more accurate and timely information. 

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Topics: Benefits of Automation, automated qc lab

6 Benefits of Rapid Results You Can Get with Growth Direct™ System

Posted by Rapid Micro Biosystems

Oct 21, 2014 8:00:00 AM

growth_direct-1Many pharmaceutical companies are embracing automated, rapid microbiological methods (RMM) to reap the time- and cost-saving benefits of a more efficient and reliable technique for colony enumeration and reporting. Greater efficiency, automated reporting, and better use of resources are some of the benefits.

Automation and workplace and resource efficiency aren't the only ways RMM can improve a micro lab, though. The most common reason a lab starts to look for a rapid method is because they want to produce results faster than they can with the compendial method. In the case of growth-based, automated RMM systems, this can be about half the time. 

The following are six of the top benefits of automated, non-destructive, rapid results.

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Topics: Rapid Micro Methods, automated rapid enumeration

Rapid Micro Biosystems Announces New Chief Executive Officer

Posted by Admin User

Oct 20, 2014 10:31:00 AM

Seasoned Life Sciences Industry Veteran Joins Company

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Science and Practical Applications on Display at Booth 112 -- PDA Micro Conference

Posted by Rapid Micro Biosystems

Oct 17, 2014 12:00:00 PM

We are pleased to be an exhibitor at the PDA 9th Annual Global Conference on Pharmaceutical Microbiology on October 20th and 21st at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center.  As always the PDA has assembled a compelling program of speakers and sessions. 


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Topics: Announcements, rapid microbial detection, Sterility Testing, alternative media

Rapid Micro Biosystems to Present Poster on Alternative Sterility Media at PDA

Posted by Rapid Micro Biosystems

Oct 15, 2014 1:00:00 PM

pda-conferenceNext week, all levels of industry professionals will be gathering at the ninth annual Global Conference on Pharmaceutical Microbiology hosted by the Parenteral Drug Association. The conference will cover a wide variety of topics that “highlight the ever-evolving world of pharmaceutical microbiology.” During the poster sessions, Kate Shara, Ph.D., and Sommer Vogel of Rapid Micro Biosystems will be sharing the results of a study their team performed on the use of alternative growth media for the sterility test. 

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Topics: Sterility Testing, alternative media

Some Common Audit Observations Where Automation Could Help

Posted by Rapid Micro Biosystems

Oct 10, 2014 8:30:00 AM

automation_auditWe often discuss the value of automated rapid methods to pharmaceutical manufacturing.  One tangible area where automation could help is specific to certain observations from the FDA around audit trails and data quality.  

As is widely known, the FDA posts its observations on their website, including inspectional observation summaries for each year. 

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Topics: Automation, Benefits of Automation

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