Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Single-Use Standardization on the agenda for BPSA at BPI Boston, 2015

“The BioProcess International Conference has always been a good venue for the Bio-Process Systems Alliance to work with industry to identify issues and define next steps”, say Todd Kapp, BPSA Board Member and Sales & Market Development Manager of Parker domnick hunter – North America.

The Bio-Process Systems Alliance is a leading trade association which facilitates the implementation of single-use bioprocessing through networking opportunities, creating a safe harbour for dialogue between industry and business leaders, providing forums for end-users and suppliers to work together and producing best practice guides.

“The BPSA has become a recognized leader in the industry for bringing users and suppliers of single-use technology together to discuss and educate one another on best practices and guidelines for implementation”, Kapp observes.

Single-Use Standardization

Along with other industry organizations such BPOG, PDA, ASTM and ASME BPE they will be participating in a Town Hall Forum Discussion on Single-Use Standardization at the BioProcess International Conference andExposition 2015 in Boston.

Standardization of single-use assemblies is an objective for many biomanufacturing organizations as they seek to reduce inventories and working capital. Historically, standardization exercises within the processing industries have been somewhat protracted affairs as various players try and agree on the preferred solution to standardize upon.

Todd Kapp (Parker domnick hunter & BPSA Board Member) 
EPICSolutions™ for Single-Use Technologies

Successfully implementing single-use technologies into biomanufacturing processes raises a number of issues that end-users are having wrestle with including the safety of the materials used, whether they shed particles or can maintain integrity and an increased reliance on the quality systems of their suppliers including their change notification procedures.

To help end-users address these issues the BPSA will be leading or contributing to sessions along the theme of EPICSolutions™ which stands for Extractables, Particles, Integrity, Change and Sustainability and was the main theme of the BPSA Summit held in Washington DC last week.

Kapp explains, “BPI has been and continues to be a great way for BPSA to communicate with the market and spread the word about the value it brings to industry”.

Without doubt BPI will be a richer learning experience for bioprocess engineers on their journey to implement single-use technologies by the inclusion of the BPSA in the program.

Dr Nick Hutchinson

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Dr Nick Hutchinson has a Masters and Doctorate in Biochemical Engineering from University College London, UK where he focused on laboratory tools for rapid bioprocess development and characterization. He then worked at Lonza Biologics in an R&D function investigating novel methods for large-scale antibody purification before moving to an operational role scaling-up and transferring manufacturing processes between Lonza sites in the UK, Spain and USA. Nick now works in Market Development at Parker domnick hunter where his focus is in bringing Parker's strengths in Motion & Control to Bioprocessing. This will enable customers to improve the quality and deliverability of existing and future biopharmaceuticals.

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