Baxter Healthcare takes a unique approach to organizational excellence, treating each facility as if it were its own independent small company. Six Sigma has allowed the company to make tremendous strides in productivity. Allen Harmon, director of operations at Baxters Biologics facility in Hayward, Calif., explains how.
Most Lean Manufacturing training uses terminology from discrete manufacturing. The University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) offers courses geared specifically to pharmaceutical manufacturing professionals. Their students are already making a difference at Pfizer, Eli Lilly and other companies.
How does a pharmaceutical manufacturing plant marked for closing transform itself into a corporate model (and home to Pharmaceutical Manufacturings 2005 Team of the Year)? Lean, 5-S and Factory Physics were all important, but people made the real difference. Listen in as John Wellemeyer, director of Bristol-Myers Squibbs Indiana Technical Operations, shares best practices.
As Seinfeld put it, public speaking scares more people than death itself. Is it worth the sweaty palms and nervousness? Yes, says our career expert JoAnn Hines. In fact, it may be the secret to landing the ideal job.
Author: JoAnn R. Hines, PharmaManufacturings Career Expert
The mixing of biological products is delicate business, but concerns about shear sensitivity can be overblown. Rational process development, rules of thumb and tools like CFD can lead to fearless mixing.
Author: Thomas A. Post, Ph.D., Consultant, Post Mixing Optimization and Solutions
Filtration can be the quickest, most cost-effective means to achieve sterilization for large volumes of simple buffers or aqueous solutions. However, finding the right flow rate and filter sizing is essential to meeting FDAs aseptic guidelines.