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  • All Aboard the Cold Chain

    As liability risks increase, drug manufacturers are assuming greater ownership of the “cold chain” for transporting valuable biologics. Stability testing, data logging and other technologies are helping to ensure product safety as the industry moves toward a whole new distribution model.

    Angelo De Palma, Ph.D., Contributing Editor
  • Redefining the Workforce

    As competitive pressures increase, drug makers are becoming increasingly concerned about their “other” pipeline: the human one. Is today’s workforce up to the challenges now gripping the industry?

  • Handling Downsizings Right

    Downsizing offers a quick fix, but has long-term costs—and can even damage the bottom line. Whether you’re on the giving or receiving end, the right approach is critical.

  • Realizing ERP’s Untapped Potential

    Pharma ERP has been an underachiever for years; savvy drug makers are turning that picture around by connecting ERPs more closely to the plant floor.

    Doug Bartholomew, Contributing Editor
  • Dust-tight Powder Conveying, with a Twist

    Macleod Pharmaceuticals put air quality first and installed a customized screw conveyer system to transfer blended materials.

    Paul Thomas, Managing Editor
  • Drinking Through a Dirty Straw: Five Myths About Gas Management Systems

    When gas chromatography problems arise, most people think the gas in the cylinder is the problem. It’s more likely to be the gas management system, as Frank Kandl of Airgas discusses in this myth-busting primer.

    Frank Kandl, national technical manager of specialty gas equipment, Airgas, Inc.
  • Where Are the Academics?

    Outside of M.I.T., academia hasn’t really been invited to the RFID party. Industry needs their objectivity, says Daniel Deavours, head of the RFID Alliance Lab at the University of Kansas.

    Daniel Deavours, RFID Alliance Lab, University of Kansas
  • Sound Off

    Sound Off is's blog, written by industry insiders and our editors. This Web log examines the industry and its manufacturing facilities to launch frank discussion of key issues that affect everyone in pharmaceutical manufacturing.

    industry insiders and's editors
  • Using Open Control to Optimize WFI

    Sanofi-Aventis used S88 and a distributed HMI to automate Water for Injection, boosting efficiency and compliance.

    Agnes Shanley, Editor in Chief
  • S88 Redefines Clean in Place Operations

    Class-based programming simplifies design, testing and validation of reusable modules, such as those found in CIP processes.

    Christie Deitz and Dan Lorenzo, Senior Principal Engineers, Emerson Process Management, and Sean Stephan, Senior Automation Engineer, Biogen Idec
  • Black Belt Not Required: Do you really know what they want?

    In the words of Dale Carnegie, “You can close more business in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.” Penelope Przekop discusses how to discern and respond to the needs of your internal customers — no matter how difficult they may be.

    Penelope Przekop, MSQA, CQM
  • What Patent Owners Should Consider in Filing for a Patent Term Extension

    The Hatch-Waxman Act clarified distortions in patent extension law, but manufacturers still need to tread carefully when considering the extension process. Heidi Kraus of Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox discusses the four essential points to keep in mind.

    Heidi L. Kraus, Esq., Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C.
  • Maintenance Management Joins the Party

    Pharmaceutical makers pursue more predictive and global technologies to improve output, ensure compliance.

    Doug Bartholomew, Contributing Editor
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