All-Star Innovators 2014

Pharma’s tech bench gets deeper with an All-Star lineup ready for the big leagues

By Steven E. Kuehn, Editor-in-Chief

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Hitting the field at Pittcon, Bio-Rad Laboratories’ KnowItAll ATR/IR and Raman ID Expert offer new technologies, says the company, that combine years of accumulated knowledge in the field of spectroscopy with advanced computational power to provide the fastest, most accurate answers possible to scientists identifying unknown infrared and Raman spectra. KnowItAll software offers users comprehensive solutions for spectral analysis, identification, search, data management and reporting. It supports multiple instrument vendor file formats and techniques including IR, Raman, NIR, NMR, MS, UV-Vis. Ready for cGMP and QbD-compliant operations, the spectral intelligence built into KnowItAll ATR/IR ID Expert, combined with the world’s largest spectral reference collection, provides a high level of expertise to any scientist.

Increasingly, mobile devices are bringing efficiencies to Pharma process and procedures, especially when it comes to paper-based SOPs in the lab. To help run down this issue and support mobile-device applications, BIOVIA, a brand of Dassault Systèmes (previously Accelrys) introduced Accelrys Capture at Pittcon 2014. Through a small mobile device, users can enter data quickly, find procedures and make instant procedural annotations at the bench without having to document changes outside the lab. BIOVIA’s technology helps ensure that laboratory data meets prerequisite requirements before being recorded, thereby reducing review time and rework loops. Automated compliance solutions include validation-ready wireless infrastructure, validation-ready handheld devices for tracking/tracing process-linked data and numerous instrument-to-procedure integrations running on handheld devices in regulated laboratory environments.

A hit at Spring Training, Biopharm’s BioSolve Process 5 process analysis and economic modeling platform provides insight that enables biopharma innovators to reduce manufacturing costs and make more informed process and operational decisions. Armed with data from a broad spectrum of sources, BioSolve Process can analyze a range of scenarios to support operations business planning, from building a business case for a fully integrated continuous biomanufacturing platform to the development of an integrated continuous purification process template for monoclonal antibodies.PM1405 thermo InnovateCard

Need a player who can deliver complete control over methods and SOPs from a single source, and one that combines SDMS, LIMS and LES into one integrated platform, and obsoletes paper-based systems? Thermo Fisher Scientific fielded its all-arounder Lab Execution System LES at Pittcon 2014 and is ready to play. The platform’s functionality is built on the Thermo Fisher Scientific SampleManager platform and is fully integrated with the newest SampleManager LIMS. It combines all the functionality and integration capabilities necessary to move toward a truly paperless lab, and lets lab managers automate their SOPs and methods, but with much deeper integration.

TruTag Technologies’ TruTag microtags are inert, edible and can integrate into the fabric of a product, independent of packaging and labels, much like fingerprints. Millions of optical patterns can be embedded into a “TruTag,” which is a dust-sized particle less than the width of a human hair. It can be used for the authentication of food, drugs and other commercial/consumer products. A security platform that will help prevent counterfeiting, TruTag’s technology etches unique “spectral barcodes” into a porous silicon wafer. The codes can be measured via a portable spectrometer-based optical reader and can reference a label in a secure database, where more information about the item (including lot number, expiration date, date of manufacture, authorized customer, or country of authorized sale) can be stored as desired.

Imagine a labeling system that could provide seamless, wireless, near-field communications and data capture along with temperature and time sensing. Thin Film Electronics did, developing the Thinfilm Near Field Communication Smart Label. The platform is designed to handle a variety of sensing elements, both printed and conventional, and depending on the application, labels may be fully printed or feature a combination of printed and surface-mounted elements. Furthermore, Thinfilm’s Printed-dopant polysilicon logic allows Thinfilm engineers to significantly compress the cycle time for new designs.

A solution that simplifies both resource management and a necessary operational chore in an innovative way is sure to find a spot on any team, in this case near a clean control zone’s locker room. CO2Nexus’ Tersus Cleanroom Laundering Solution enables simple, modular cleanroom laundry plants to be deployed virtually anywhere, liberating cleanroom garment end-users and service providers from the uncertainties associated with water availability, permitting, cost, validation and quality. Offering the world’s first CO2-based barrier (pass thru) system and the company’s cleanroom-specific process and chemistry, Tersus uses liquid carbon dioxide in place of water, 40-45 pound cleaning capacity, 30-minute cycle times, and 90-pound throughput/hour via an advanced control system.

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