[Funny Pharm] You write the caption & win: May 2022

Pharma Manufacturing presents "Funny Pharm," featuring drawings by award-winning cartoonist, Jerry King.

★Winning Caption★

Well, management did say they wanted more bodies on the production line...

— Corin Angel 

The winning cartoon caption will be featured on the Pharma Manufacturing website and the winner will be mentioned in upcoming e-newsletters. The winner has a choice of a $25 Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts gift card.

Please submit your caption to Arielle ([email protected]) with the subject "Funny Pharm May 2022" Thank you for your contributions!

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Contending submissions

Please note: Funny Pharma caption contests are for entertainment purposes only. Reader submissions reflect their own personal experience and opinions. Winning submissions are chosen for their humor and industry relevance; Pharma Manufacturing reserves the right to delete any entries deemed inappropriate.

  • "All this mass production is getting to me. Print out a couple of aspirin and a glass of water."
  • "I'll vote for the 3D-printed pipeline candidate that will advance to clinic in the next few years."
  • "This conveyor leads to the river. That's how we take care of those who refuse to follow GMP."
  • "We should, however, be aware of the current downsides of human 3D printing technology before investing too heavily."
  • "3D technology has already crept into the marketplace in the form of polypills, excipients, nanosuspensions, hydrogels and now, THIS."
  • "Growing demand for customized pharmaceuticals and medical devices makes the impact of people manufacturing increase rapidly in recent years."
  • "Current achievements in pharma include multifunctional people delivery systems with accelerated characteristics."
  • "A comprehensive analysis of extrusion-based methods is needed for 3D people printing."
  • "The diversity of physicochemical and biopharmaceutical characteristics of active pharmaceutical 3D people printing have to be considered and studied through each stage of product development."
  • "That's not enough. Print out four more lab technicians."
  • "These are all adults. I thought 3D printing was still in its infancy."
  • "This is the ultimate in personalized medicine."
  • "I never thought personalized medicine would lead to manufacturing persons."

  • "Infill percentage is the degree to which the internal space of lab technicians will be filled from 0%, hollow, to 100%, solid)."
  • "A change in infill percentage was exploited to create gastroretentive lab technicians."
  • "In this study, lab technicians were fabricated using SLS with gyroid lattice structures and demonstrated the ability to achieve customizable characteristics based on the geometry selected."
  • "We showed, for the first time, the application and capability for SLS to produce, simply by changing the laser speed at which lab technician particles were created."

  • "Due to the strict regulations on patients’ health and safety, only a few 3D printed humans are currently commercially available."

  • "Although still primitive, the use of 4D printing within pharmaceutics could make it possible to create humans that were previously challenging to produce."
  • "Customization of specific persons may enable cost reduction depending on intra-individual profiling and equally in the rapid rate of production of on-demand humans."

 —Bill Russo

  • "I’ve had it with employees laying down on the job."
  • "3-D printing isn’t for everyone.”
  • "…and here we have our lithium conveyor bed for anxious workers."

 —Tara Bronson

  • "Here is our state of the art Great Resignation exit interview process."

—Kevin Eggebeen

  • “It’s our solution to the pharmaceutical manufacturing talent shortage: lyophilized scientists.”

—Jay Bernsley

  • “That it is OK to lie down on the job was NOT the message we wanted to convey here…” 

Alex Packard

  • "Well, management did say they wanted more bodies on the production line..."

—Corin Angel 

  • “We believe in a flat organization here!” 
  •  “We follow a flat workflow here!”

Vahé Ghahraman

  • “Our viable sampling methods continue to show staphylococcus aureus contamination, but we haven’t nailed down the source yet.”

—Dan Lamb

  • “With our new formulation, we were able to reduce a dimension. This makes packaging and shipping much easier.”

David Cronin

  • “The Smart Conveyor for Human Digital Transformation”

Ajay Gangakhedkar

  • “Must be a non GMP batch - look at the variability”

Shawn Comella

  • "On the last performance review, a number of our staff asked to elevate their position."
  • "Yes Jane, you are just ingenious. I was dead scared when I knew about that Government inspection, but your idea worked perfectly well again. Still, nobody knows that we have two people working in the laboratory while getting funding for seven positions."
  • "In the first Phase I trial of our new slow-release sleeping pill, the duration of its action went beyond expectations, but the Committee decided to continue the experiment in order to ascertain the compound's maximum potential."
  • "We prepare the bodies here, and Dr. Frankenstein adds the 'final touch' in his lab upstairs."
  • "In the time of recession, the Board was reluctant to let our highly qualified scientists go, so cryopreservation was considered."
  • "After the first postponement of FDA approval of our leading drug, we had to freeze salaries; after the second postponement, we have to freeze the staff."
  • "Our 'Just Add Water' line of lyophilized scientists has proved popular with biotech startups."

Vlad Rozenkov

  • “We still to be working harder at the flattening the cost curve with our workforce.“

—Rob Clark

  • “Thought leaders suggested flattening the organization. This is our proof of concept.”

Judy Baushke

  • "We’ve found an efficient new technology to imprint all their required training in one smooth process."

—John O'Neill

  • "Please no more Japanese quality terminology with the Packaging Engineers, they thought 'Go see the Gemba' literally means 'Be the carton.'"

Michael Skidmore

  • "When our new board said they were going to have lay it on the line-they really meant it!"

Romuald McSweeney

  • "I think we established root cause with Sally's email typo inviting the wrong agency. Do we really have to wait for the FAA to send their audit to the FDA before implementing the CR to change back our controlled entry? Maybe it's just me, but this seems excessive."

Patrick Johnson

  • “They have been forced into early retirement”

Bruno Romero

  • “Oh my, they are so pressed for time”

Cornelius Watson

  • “I don’t know.  I still think buses did a better job moving people.”
  • “You know, there’s got to be a better way to showcase our diversity.”

Greg Cauchon