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Discover the Power of Automated, Growth-Based RMM

Posted by Rapid Micro Biosystems

Dec 19, 2014 8:30:00 AM

power of automated growth based rmmAre you considering purchasing a rapid microbiological method (RMM) for your QC lab? Quality control labs worldwide are embracing rapid microbial methods (RMM) to help streamline workflows, save resources and provide for sustainable and cost-effective growth.

Are you struggling with which method to choose? While there are various methods for rapid detection, automated growth-based technologies such as the Growth Direct TM System simply automate the traditional method. This technology eliminates resources from the testing process, freeing the lab to devote more time to higher value activities. Click below to see the story of Webster, who works in a QC lab performing environmental monitoring testing and is looking for options to save time and energy in colony enumeration.  

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Topics: The Growth Direct System, rapid microbiological method, RMM, QC Labs

Rapid Micro Biosystems Announces Availability of Bi-Directional LIMS Integration

Posted by Admin User

Dec 17, 2014 7:00:00 AM

Lowell, MA  – Rapid Micro Biosystems, a leading provider of automated, non-destructive, rapid microbial detection, today announced the general availability of two-way integration to laboratory information management systems (LIMS) through its industry leading Growth Direct™ System. The new capability allows quality control microbiology labs to save time and reduce errors associated with entry of final test results of environmental monitoring, bioburden and sterility tests.   

The bi-directional LIMS integration uses widely supported comma-separated (CSV) files to communicate, allowing integration with most LIMS systems.  Due to the flexibility provided by the communication method, integration can be aligned to the specific needs of the quality control microbiology lab both initially and in the future.  

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Topics: LIMS, Integration, Press Releases

Reaping the Benefits of LIMS Integration

Posted by Rapid Micro Biosystems

Dec 9, 2014 2:00:00 PM

reaping the benefits of LIMS integrationIn addition to the rise of lean initiatives throughout the last few decades, businesses in most industries have transitioned from using siloed, departmental technologies toward more integrated systems. Pharmaceutical quality control labs have been slow to integrate with the rest of the business, often due to a lack of available technologies. However, solutions are now available that help integrate microbial testing results with the rest of the company.

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Topics: LIMS, RMM, Rapid Microbial Methods

New Technical Monograph on Bio-contamination from PHSS

Posted by Rapid Micro Biosystems

Nov 26, 2014 9:00:00 AM

new technical monograph on bio-contaminationContamination control is a vital part of producing safe, effective and sterile pharmaceuticals. Previously, we provided an overview of the PHSS Technical Monograph #20 “Bio-contamination characterization, control, monitoring and deviation management in controlled/GMP classified areas,” which offers guidance to pharma managers developing plans to minimize contamination in their operations. This week, we’ll delve further into the paper and discuss additional details.

The document details control strategies that include manufacturing, quality and contamination control and stresses that they’re interconnected and a robust strategy should blend all three, considering both facility design and daily operations. The control strategies are focused on, “product quality, efficacy, and patient safety.” 

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Topics: Pharmaceutical Microbiology, microbial contamination, QC Labs

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

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