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Validation of Virus Filtration

Virus filters are important in the safety of biopharmaceutical products. Validation of these is not straightforward and the testing organisation needs to be equiped for virological work and personnel trained in the required methods. The virus removal capability of a filtration process is evalutated by a virus challenge or a virus spiking study using a qualified scale-down model of the filtration process.

More information can be found here.

APS PharmSci Conference 2013

The APS PharmSci 2013 conference will be held in Edinburgh from the 2nd to the 4th of September.  Professor Dame Janet Thornton, DBE, FRS has been confirmed as a plenary speaker, talking on 'The impact of Genomics on Medicine'.  More information can be found on the website.

£38 Million National Biologics Indusrial Innovation Centre

The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) has announced the establishment of a £38 million National Biologics Industrial Innovation Centre (NBIIC) as part of the UK Government's "Strategy for UK Life Sciences". The NBIIC will focus on providing assistance to companies in the manufacture of new biologic medicines.  More information on this and other work at the CPI can be found in the May 2013 Newsletter.

A recent update on the National Biologics Industrial Innovation Centre can be found here.

CE Marking Seminar 

Pharma SIG Chair Keith Plumb was among the presenters at the CE Marking Seminar, held at University College Cork on the 25th of April 2013.  Further details of the event and links to the presentation slides can be found here.

Why more women?

It was somewhat ironic that when I opened the August issue of TCE that I should have opened it an article by Helen Tunnicliffe, "Why more women?". It is ironic because I am currently working with Jacobs in Dublin and the Process Department has a high percentage of women. In fact the project that I am working on has been roughly 50/50 from the start.

The number of women in the Process Department is a result of two factors. Firstly, the recruitment policy of Kevin Smyth, the head of department and partly because of the availability of good women candidates. A recent articles in the Engineers Ireland Magazine “Generation Pharma – graduates find what they are looking for in thriving industry” gives the background to a number of chemical engineers who have recently joined companies in Ireland the majority of whom are women. You can find the article here.

Keith Plumb
Chair – Pharma SIG

My IChemE

IChemE is a registered charity in England & Wales (214379), and a charity registered in Scotland (SC 039661).