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Rapid Micro Biosystems Announces New Corporate Headquarters In Lowell, Massachusetts

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Oct 1, 2014 11:29:02 AM

Lowell, MA (October 1, 2014) – Rapid Micro Biosystems, a leading provider of automated, non-destructive, rapid microbial detection, today announced its recent move to a new corporate headquarters in Lowell, Massachusetts.  The move to this facility provides a new base of operations for Rapid Micro Biosystems. 

The new facility boasts 37,000 square feet (3440 square meters) of office and production space, including a LowellFacility-resizevalidated ISO 8 level cleanroom to support increased production of both the Growth Direct™ System and application-specific consumables for environmental monitoring, bioburden and sterility testing. 

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Choosing an Automated RMM Technology, Part 1: Finding Feasible Systems

Posted by Rapid Micro Biosystems

Sep 29, 2014 7:30:00 AM

choosing_RMM_automated_technologyWhile many pharmaceutical companies have embraced lean initiatives in manufacturing, they haven't historically applied lean principles to quality control labs – until now. Given today's greater competition, slimmer margins and pressures to bring products to market faster than ever before, pharmaceutical manufacturers throughout the world are now automating and streamlining traditionally manual microbial quality control testing processes. One of the greatest opportunities for improvement is microbial enumeration, and the century-old manual method is finally being updated with rapid micro methods (RMM).

Not all RMM are alike, however, and finding a method that suits the particular needs of a company can be a difficult task. Some technologies offer rapid results but can destroy the sample, making investigations more difficult, while others are similar to the traditional test, but more rapid and automated without destroying the  sample. If you're looking to include a RMM into your company's QC lab, here are a few factors you'll need to consider as you narrow your search.

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Topics: Rapid Micro Methods, Microbial Enumeration, RMM

3 Tips for Preparing A Large Number of Tests in the QC Lab

Posted by Rapid Micro Biosystems

Sep 24, 2014 7:30:00 AM

petri_dishes_large_number_samplesRapid Micro Biosystems has had the opportunity to speak with industry experts on a variety of topics of particular interest the QC microbiology lab. In this post the topic is managing a large volume of samples, a common challenge in environmental monitoring.

When it comes to microbiological testing, one of the most laborious, repetitive and time-consuming tasks is the preparation of large volumes of sample plates or cassettes for incubation. The incubation process consumes the most time, but sample preparation requires more manual involvement from microbiologists and other quality control personnel.

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Topics: Environmental Monitoring, QC Labs

Achieving Greater Buy-in for Cleaning and Quality Control

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Sep 18, 2014 7:30:00 AM

training_cleaning_quality_controlRapid Micro Biosystems has had the opportunity to speak with industry experts on a variety of topics of particular interest the QC microbiology lab.  In this post, we’ll be sharing their insight and thoughts on getting buy-in for cleaning and quality control.

While most workers at any given production site or testing facility may be cursorily familiar with microbial testing, cleaning procedures and the potential for contamination, it can still be difficult for quality control (QC) and sanitation personnel to achieve buy-in from other departments. Necessary cleaning or sample collections may seem excessive, precautionary measures may seem overly cumbersome, and some workers may fail to realize just how easy it is to introduce dangerous microbes into their environments. Ultimately, a lack of buy-in can result in a variety of losses and unnecessary expenditures: contaminated products, extra out-of-specification investigations and even long stretches of production downtime.

Still, there are plenty of ways for QC departments, managers and supervisors to achieve greater buy-in and make their facilities cleaner and more efficient. The following are a few strategies that successful labs have found may lead to greater compliance with sanitation and cleaning policies.

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Topics: Lean Lab, microbial contamination, quality control

Rapid, Automated Environmental Monitoring on the Manufacturing Floor

Posted by Rapid Micro Biosystems

Sep 16, 2014 7:30:00 AM

environmental_monitoring_manufacturing_floorEnvironmental monitoring (EM) is an important part of ensuring product quality in pharmaceutical manufacturing. For large companies with vast, campus facilities, however, it can also be one of the most time-consuming. Microbiologists often spend hours a day travelling from the microbiology QC lab to production lines, gowning in and capturing samples, then travelling back to the lab to begin incubation. The travel ads complexity to the process and presents additional opportunities for mishandling or lost samples.

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Topics: Environmental Monitoring, quality control

Don’t Miss Rapid Micro Biosystems on the Seminar Circuit this Fall

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Sep 11, 2014 7:30:00 AM

Rapid_Micro__Biosystems_Upcoming_SeminarsLooking to learn more about the far-reaching benefits of automated, rapid microbial detection and enumeration? Our resources section is a great place to start, but you won't want to miss your chance to talk to our experts first hand during our presentations on the web and around the globe.

Here's where we'll be over the next couple of months:

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Topics: Rapid Micro Biosystems, rapid microbial enumeration, rapid microbial detection

6 Strategies for Communicating Quality Control Data

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Sep 9, 2014 2:00:00 PM

communicating_quality_control_dataRapid Micro Biosystems has had the opportunity to speak with industry experts on a variety of topics of particular interest the QC microbiology lab.  In the next part of this series, we discuss communicating results to the rest of the organization.

Aside from the manual, repetitive work involved in microbiological testing, one of the most time-consuming and often frustrating aspects of the quality control process is communicating data to other departments and stakeholders. Supervisors and investigators need access to out-of-specification results, manufacturing personnel need to know when products have been approved for shipment, and some executives may even want to observe trends in problem areas and cleaning procedures themselves.

Automated rapid methods that integrate to LIMS can remove almost all the manual data entry associated with testing.  Even at companies that use laboratory information systems (LIMS) or other electronic record-keeping systems, the inefficient use of those technologies can actually increase overall workloads.The following are six strategies that successful companies have found make data dissemination an easier, more efficient process.

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Topics: LIMS, automatic rapid microbial detection, quality control

How to Perform Faster, Effective Out-of Specification Investigations

Posted by Rapid Micro Biosystems

Sep 4, 2014 9:30:00 AM

qc-lab-oos-investigationsRapid Micro Biosystems has had the opportunity to speak with industry experts on a variety of topics of particular interest to the QC microbiology lab.  In the next few posts we’ll be sharing their insight and thoughts on these topics. The first of these concerns is out of specification Investigations.

Even the most well run and efficient pharmaceutical manufacturers will have Out-Of-Specification (OOS) investigations, and, for some manufacturers, the costs of these can reach the hundreds of thousands per year. While some OOS investigations uncover training and handling issues, the possibilities of in-lab and in-process contamination require quality control personnel to perform their due diligence every time a sample indicates an unacceptable level of microbial growth.

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Topics: OOS Investigations, QC Labs

Fungal Contamination: 3 Commonly Overlooked Issues

Posted by Rapid Micro Biosystems

Sep 2, 2014 7:30:00 AM

fungal_contaminations_QC_labsFor pharmaceutical manufacturers, contamination is an obvious cause for concern. Fungal contamination, specifically, poses greater hazards to manufacturing clean areas than some manufacturers may realize. As such, opportunities exist to better address fungal contamination. In fact, Dr. Tim Sandle, head of microbiology at Bio Products Laboratory, recently wrote an article on the subject entitled, “Fungal Contamination of  Pharmaceutical Products: A Growing Menace”, where he notes that, “Contamination risk posed by fungi to pharmaceutical products is greater than the level of industrial and academic interest would suggest.”

As part of the article, Dr. Sandle highlights some of the most commonly overlooked considerations related to fungal contaminations in QC labs:

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Topics: rapid microbial testing, QC Labs, fungal contamination

Time Management: 3 Time Consuming Activities in the QC Lab

Posted by Rapid Micro Biosystems

Aug 28, 2014 7:30:00 AM

time_management_qc_labBeing a microbiologist in a quality control (QC) lab can be both challenging and rewarding. You’re accountable for multiple activities that contribute to ensuring the quality of products being manufactured and delivered to end customers. You have your hands on multiple events of the lab—so time management can be critical. 

The following are some key activities that take time in the lab that could be handled by an automated, rapid technology such as the Growth DirectTM System. 

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Topics: RMM, QC Labs, time management

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