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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

Comparing The Growth DirectTM System Environmental Monitoring Cassettes vs. Conventional Media: Part 1

Posted by Rapid Micro Biosystems

Jan 28, 2015 9:00:00 AM

scientist_comparing_environmental_monitoringEnvironmental monitoring (EM) is one of the critical parts of the overall microbial testing process performed in pharmaceutical manufacturing. With the traditional EM method, microbiologists use standard contact plates. Samples are captured, the contact plate is incubated and the number of colony-forming units are reported.

While the traditional environmental monitoring is a successful component of microbial testing of manufacturing, it is prone to handling and other potential errors. Because of the large number of samples typically associated with environmental monitoring, testing requires a great deal of time and effort from highly trained technicians – scarce resources in an environment that requires ever-greater efficiency and continual growth. A faster, more efficient and less error-prone alternative is the Growth DirectTM System, which automates and accelerates the compendial method using the same sample preparation techniques.

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

Accelerating Flu Vaccine Production, the Role of Automated, Rapid Detection

Posted by Rapid Micro Biosystems

Jan 23, 2015 2:00:00 PM

A recent article in Bloomberg highlights some of the challenges faced by manufacturers trying to respond to this year’s flu vaccine issues, noting that vaccine production is an “80 year old process now used to inoculate the population.” The article identifies the areas of production and distribution as two opportunities for improvement. 

For production, the article highlights companies that are leveraging innovative methods to “sell vaccines in the US that take just weeks to produce.”   These involve processes that differ from the traditional method of growing the virus by getting it to replicate in chicken eggs, which can take months, and allows the flu virus time to mutate, limiting the effectiveness of the vaccine.

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Topics: Vaccines

Determining Incubation Regime Article Wins George Sykes Memorial Award

Posted by Rapid Micro Biosystems

Jan 21, 2015 8:30:00 AM

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In late December, the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Sciences Society (PHSS) awarded their 2014 George Sykes Memorial Award to Andrew Sage, Nadine Timas and David Jones of Rapid Micro Biosystems for their scientific paper entitled, “Determining incubation regime and time to results for automated rapid microbiology EM methods”. The paper was published in the European Journal of Parenteral and Pharmaceutical Sciences 2014 Volume 19 Number 2.

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Topics: Environmental Monitoring

Applying Six Sigma (DMAIC) Tools to Routine Water Testing

Posted by Rapid Micro Biosystems

Jan 14, 2015 8:30:00 AM

six_sigma_processesLean and Six Sigma are two methodologies used extensively by manufacturers across industries to remove defects, minimize variability in their processes and reduce waste while increasing customer satisfaction and profits. Six Sigma tools can and have been applied by pharma and biotech manufacturers, who must produce safe, effective, consistent products with increasingly faster cycle times.

For those of you who are not familiar, Six Sigma makes use of the DMAIC method (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control) as a framework for improvement. That framework can be applied to many business processes to assess and evaluate improvements. Below is a discussion of the application of the DMAIC framework to the application of automated rapid detection technology to water sampling.

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Topics: Six Sigma, The Growth Direct System

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

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