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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 10:31:10 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

Choosing an Automated RMM Technology, Part 2: Critical Details

Posted by Rapid Micro Biosystems

Oct 2, 2014 9:30:00 AM

expand_rmm_testing_volumesThere are many considerations to make in choosing an automated rapid microbiological method (RMM), and  the decision can seem daunting. However, asking the right questions can narrow your choices and provide  confidence and peace of mind as you make your decision.

In the first installment of this series, we discussed some of the initial questions any lab should consider  as the microbiologists sift through the large number of technologies on the market. We also covered the utility  of the decision matrix in further narrowing those choices, as well as some of the key considerations for the few  systems that make the cut. This time around, we'll help you arrive at a conclusion by considering a few more  critical details.

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Topics: Rapid Micro Methods, RMM

Rapid Micro Biosystems Announces New Corporate Headquarters In Lowell, Massachusetts

Posted by Rapid Micro Biosystems

Oct 1, 2014 11:29:00 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

Posted by Rapid Micro Biosystems

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

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