Category Archives: Knowledge & Training

Back to the Future of Biotech Automation

By | January 3, 2018

What’s currently happening in automation and where are we going? Will batching be gone forever in favor of single-use components in a continuous process? Will we be wearing Google glasses and following instructions from some brainy robot with our heads in the electronic cloud? The biotech industry has benefited enormously over the past 30 years… Read More »

Single-Use vs. Stainless: Experts Weigh In…

By | December 15, 2017

By Bill Garvey and Howard Sneider: Single-use technology has exploded onto the scene in the last two decades to offer a practical alternative to costly stainless steel process systems. But will single-use systems render a mature and reliable technology eventually obsolete? This outcome is unlikely as a large group of ISPE members and other industry… Read More »

Stainless Steel and Single Use – More Similar than You Think…

By | November 27, 2017

Over the past 20 years, the benefits and detriments of single use technologies for the manufacturing of biologics have been stated by proponents and detractors throughout the industry. Some issues are well defined (capital investment) while other topics lack clarity. This post will address a couple of often misunderstood facets of stainless steel and single… Read More »

Fermentation Powers Biopharma…and Breweries

By | November 21, 2017

The fermentation process used in beer brewing is similar to the process used in the biopharmaceutical industry to produce therapeutic molecules. To see fermentation up close and personal, make sure you register for the November 30th brewery tour and networking social at Lord Hobo Brewery in Woburn. In a few words, fermentation is the process… Read More »

Critical Utilities De-coded

By | November 2, 2017

The following information has been provided by Chapter Young Professionals Committee members Christopher Ciampa and Kevin Keating: Attendees learned the basics of two systems critical to life sciences at Northeastern University on October 19, thanks to the ISPE Boston Area Chapter Young Professionals. The program was designed to ensure that process engineers and other industry… Read More »

How to Deal with Difficult People – The Crucial Conversation

By | October 30, 2017

The following post was co-authored by Stephanie Fedak and Amber Galou, both of whom will be presenting at the Chapter’s upcoming educational program on November 8. It’s inevitable. We all have to deal with difficult people from time to time. And sometimes that difficult person is in a position of influence – you need that… Read More »

Product Show Keynote Highlights Oligonucleotides

By | October 26, 2017

The Product Show’s keynote speaker, Detlef Rethage, President of Nitto Avecia introduced a rapt audience to a regionally “hot” topic with his presentation  Oligonucleotide Therapeutics: The Promise and Reality from the Manufacturing Partner’s Prospective.  The crowd of ISPE members and guests learned the history, the science behind how “oligos” can regulate disease-causing proteins, and some… Read More »

Utilities not Included! Yes, it’s a play on words to introduce the topic of this educational program arranged by the Boston Area Chapter Young Professionals

By | October 5, 2017

Two of the most important utilities that tend to be taken for granted in facilities are the air handling system and the high purity water system.  Come spend an evening with two industry experts who will help you understand the jargon, technologies, considerations, and limitations associated with purifying and controlling the air and water used… Read More »

When Good Bugs Go Bad – Contamination Detection in a Mixed Fermentation Brewery

By | June 5, 2017

Fermentation is a science dating back to the first known civilizations on this Earth, and has helped to shape the world as it is today. From bread and beer to sauerkraut and yogurt, fermentation has shaped cultures and traditions across the world. The vast diversity in fermentation is being rediscovered in the beer industry as… Read More »