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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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Topics: Rapid Methods

LIMS Integration of the Growth DirectTMSystem

Posted by Rapid Micro Biosystems

Feb 25, 2015 9:00:00 AM

lims_two_wayPharmaceutical manufacturers have used Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) for years to streamline workflows and share and track data through powerful but user-friendly interfaces. By integrating LIMS with a variety of automated systems in the manufacturing process, these companies have been able to save time, eliminate redundancies and reduce the potential for human error.

While the industry has been slow to apply the same innovations to quality control labs, LIMS integration is possible with automated, rapid microbiological methods (RMM) like the Growth DirectTM System. The technology can integrate with users' existing LIMS, automatically recording, and sharing test results with the rest of the organization.

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Topics: LIMS, Integration, The Growth Direct System

Upgrading pharmaceutical manufacturing – where automated, rapid detection can help

Posted by Rapid Micro Biosystems

Feb 20, 2015 3:30:00 PM

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal discusses the move by some pharmaceutical manufacturers away from traditional, batch manufacturing to a more continuous process with the goal of increasing output and reducing the risk of quality failures. 

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Topics: Sterile Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

UN Highlights Importance of Light-Based Technologies in 2015

Posted by Rapid Micro Biosystems

Feb 18, 2015 9:00:00 AM

light-based_technologiesThe UN General Assembly has announced 2015 is the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015).

Each year, the United Nations (UN) selects initiatives to stimulate interest and action in regards to important worldwide issues. With IYL 2015, the UN hopes to promote public understanding and raise awareness of the benefits of light-based technologies, and “highlight” how these technologies solve global challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health.

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Topics: The Growth Direct System

Rapid Micro Biosystems to Exhibit at the PDA Berlin 17-18 February

Posted by Rapid Micro Biosystems

Feb 11, 2015 9:00:00 AM

rapid_biosystemsOn 17 and 18 of February, Rapid Micro Biosystems will exhibit and present 2 posters at the Parenteral Drug Association's Pharmaceutical Microbiology Conference at the Hotel Palace in Berlin, Germany. The focus of this year's conference will be the “Current State and Future Focus” of the industry, and the event will include presentations from regulatory, industry and technology representatives worldwide.

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Topics: Rapid Micro Biosystems, RMM

Comparing The Growth DirectTM System Environmental Monitoring Cassettes vs. Conventional Media: Part II

Posted by Rapid Micro Biosystems

Feb 4, 2015 9:00:00 AM

rapid_growthEfficient environmental monitoring (EM) is critical for pharmaceutical manufacturers in today's competitive, tightly regulated industry. While traditional methods for EM are effective and time-tested, however, they can't provide the speed and efficiency offered by automated rapid microbiological methods (RMM) such as the Growth DirectTM System.

In Part I of this series, we discussed the parameters of the study completed by Dawn McIver, President of MicroWorks, comparing a variety of attributes of both traditional contact plates and the Growth DirectTM Cassettes. We identified the incubation parameters chosen and the results of growth promotion:

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Topics: Environmental Monitoring, The Growth Direct System, microbial testing

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