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Recent Article: Rapid Microbiological Methods in Pharmig Winter Edition

Posted by Rapid Micro Biosystems

Apr 22, 2015 8:30:00 AM

bioburden_samplesDavid Roesti, Senior Facilitator RMM+Global Support, Novartis Pharma Stein AG recently published in article in the Pharmig Winter Edition (free download for Pharmig members) that discusses his company’s use of an RMM Launch Center to “evaluate, validate and implement rapid microbiological methods (RMMs) for microbiological QC testing.”  The article discusses the various rapid methods that have been evaluated at the center. The article presents details on different methods that have been validated.

According to the article, in 2009, Novartis established the RMM Launch Center, a center of excellence in Stein, Switzerland, to evaluate, validate and implement rapid methods without duplicating efforts across multiple Novartis sites.  The center was established to address the common challenges associated with the implementation and validation of RMMs, specifically that the process can be time consuming and require specific expertise.


Topics: rapid microbiological method, RMM

Avoid These 4 Potential Errors in the QC Lab with Automation

Posted by Rapid Micro Biosystems

Apr 15, 2015 8:30:00 AM

incubation_errorsThe traditional test for microbial colony enumeration is a proven method, but has several opportunities for errors, which can create costly investigations and user retraining.  With the increased adoption of rapid microbiological methods, labs are addressing these potential risks.

One of these methods is automated, growth-based RMM (rapid microbiological method). This system automates the compendial method with robotics and imaging systems that reduce resource requirements to perform testing, and eliminate many of the manual steps that can create errors. Following are four potential errors microbiologists can address through automated, growth-based RMM in their quality control labs.


Topics: Automation, QC Labs

RMM and Commercial Preparations: Comparing Performance with Growth Direct™

Posted by Rapid Micro Biosystems

Apr 8, 2015 9:00:00 AM

RMMandCommercialPreparationsThe Parenteral Drug Association's Pharmaceutical Microbiology Conference was held in Berlin last month, bringing the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical community together to promote scientific advances, as well as regulatory and educational information. Rapid Micro Biosystems’ Andrew Sage was on hand to present a poster titled “Performance Comparability of Commercial Preparations of Test Organisms Used in the Validation of RMMs: Not All Bugs are Created Equal .”


Topics: The Growth Direct System, RMM

Getting Lean – The Benefits of Automation in the Microbiology Lab

Posted by Rapid Micro Biosystems

Apr 1, 2015 9:00:00 AM

GettingLeanTheBenefitsofAutomationintheMicrobiologyLabAt the PDA Berlin Event in February, Kevin Walsh, Technical Services Manager at Rapid Micro Biosystems presented a poster entitled, “Getting Lean: Benefits of Automation in the Microbiology Lab .” The poster discussed the principles of lean and how they relate to the microbiology lab.  He went on to explain the processes in the microbiology lab that generate waste from a lean perspective, and how they can be addressed through process improvements.  Finally, the poster highlighted the additional benefits that automated technologies can bring to a lean program.  The poster can be downloaded here and some details are below.


Topics: Lean Lab, RMM, quality control

Webinar: Best Practices for Integrating Automated, Rapid Technology to LIMS

Posted by Rapid Micro Biosystems

Mar 30, 2015 8:00:00 AM

freewebinar2Like most microbiology labs, you likely have a laboratory information management system (LIMS) to help support and manage the day to day lab operations.  You may also be part of the growing group of microbial quality control professionals that are considering or implementing automated, rapid microbial methods (RMM) for your lab.  If you are interested to learn about the benefit of combining these two technologies through integration, you won't want to miss our upcoming webinar, “Best Practices for Integrating Automated, Rapid Technology to LIMS.”

An increasing number of microbial quality control labs are adopting automated RMMs to increase efficiency, reduce time to results and reduce the potential for errors. An additional opportunity exists through the interface of data between the automated RMM and LIMS. LIMS and automated RMM integration boosts the timesaving benefits for the lab by eliminating time-consuming, error-prone data entry and potentially reducing the paperwork involved the testing process.

To learn how LIMS integration can benefit your QC lab, join our free webinar April 2 at 11 AM EDT. Kham Nguyen of Rapid Micro Biosystems will lead the webinar and address the following questions:


Topics: LIMS, webinar

Improving Quality Control Microbial Testing with Automated, Growth-Based RMM

Posted by Rapid Micro Biosystems

Mar 25, 2015 9:00:00 AM

ImprovingQualityControlMicrobialTestingwithRMMIf you are considering implementing rapid microbial methods in your quality control lab, it is important to note that RMMs approach the detection of growing colonies using different methods.  Not all systems are appropriate for every type of microbial test, and some systems may provide a rapid result, but will require additional steps or resources.

It is important to understand your business’ specific needs and measure any new technology against those needs. Some points of consideration are the level of automation of the method and the preservation of microcolonies.


Topics: microbial testing, RMM, quality control

Realizing the Benefits of Automated, Growth-Based RMM

Posted by Rapid Micro Biosystems

Mar 18, 2015 8:30:00 AM

automatedgrowthbasedHave you decided to add a rapid system to your micro lab? Or are you still on the fence about the merits of automated rapid microbiological methods (RMM)? Either way, it's imperative you learn not only the benefits of the technology in general, but the specific pros and cons of different options. There a quite a few RMM systems on the market, and many of them involve completely different procedures and materials from the compendial method.

One method that mimics the traditional tests, however, is automated, growth-based RMM. This technology involves familiar processes for sample prep and automates the incubation, enumeration and results collection while producing results in about half the time compared to the traditional test. The use of automated, growth-based technology such as the Growth Direct TM System also eliminates many of the resources required to manage incubation, enumeration and recording of results. Read on to learn how this technology has solved many company’s common problems, and how it can boost productivity and efficiency within your own QC lab.


Topics: Micro QC, RMM, QC Labs

Rapid Micro Biosystems to Present at 2015 Annual PDA Meeting in Las Vegas

Posted by Rapid Micro Biosystems

Mar 13, 2015 9:00:00 AM

rapidchangeswithinpharmaceuticalmanufacturingNext week,  March 16 and 17th, Rapid Micro Biosystems will be exhibiting at the Parenteral Drug Association's 2015 Annual Meeting at the Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa in Las Vegas, Nevada. This year's conference will focus on the rapid changes within pharmaceutical manufacturing: increasingly complex products, evolving regulations, new technologies and the resultant need to improve performance and streamline workflows.

Rapid Micro Biosystems is proud to be an exhibiting sponsor at booth #421.

In addition, two scientists from Rapid Micro Biosystems will be presenting posters during the event.


Topics: Rapid Micro Biosystems, pda annual meeting

5 Ways to Accelerate the Microbial Quality Control Process

Posted by Rapid Micro Biosystems

Mar 11, 2015 8:30:00 AM

automate-qcTime saved is money earned for any business, and the pharmaceutical industry is no exception. Opportunities to accelerate microbial quality control testing should be of the utmost importance to manufacturers. Beyond just speeding the process, finding ways to minimize or eliminate investigations as a result of data capture errors or incubation transfer errors in the microbiology lab can avoid other delays and costs in the manufacturing process. By accelerating the quality control process in the lab, pharmaceutical manufacturers are equipped to cost-effectively boost production or introduce new production lines with additional lab resources.

Here are five of the best ways to reduce the time spent testing samples while increasing efficiency in the microbiology lab.


Topics: quality control process

Considering Rapid Methods? A Valuable Fundamentals Presentation

Posted by Rapid Micro Biosystems

Mar 4, 2015 9:00:00 AM

rapid_methodsRapid microbial testing methods have great potential for increasing efficiency and reducing costs, but many companies are still trying to understand the value of adding rapid methods to their labs. If you’re still on the fence about using rapid methods, Pharma Manufacturing’s Rapid and Alternative Microbial Testing Methods presentation may help. In it, Kevin Jensen, Director of Laboratory Operations at Nelson Laboratories, discusses the different test platforms and benefits of adding rapid methods to your lab, as well as some of the key actions to take when considering a new method.

“I get a lot of questions from [customers] that say, ‘What’s the best rapid type or rapid method for what we’re doing?’” starts Jensen, an expert in rapid test method implementation who manages testing for bioburden, product sterility and more. He notes that because each method offers something different, “It comes down to what you need for your product and for your data.”


Topics: Rapid Methods

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