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The workshop will begin with a survey of technology uses for contamination monitoring, including spectrometric and optical methods that are used for sensing. Operating principles will be discussed and related to microbial attributes being interrogated. The Pros and Cons of the methods will be discussed with respect to the currently available technology offerings on the commercial market. Finally, the practical aspects of implementation, validation, pitfalls and regulatory considerations will be discussed.

  • Synopsis of technologies used in Rapid Microbial Methods to the industry
  • Technical description of sensing of contaminants in production
  • Advantages and limitations of contamination sensing
  • Barriers to implementation
  • Comparison to traditional methods

Advanced Sterilization Products (J&J); Aequor Inc; Ajinomoto Althea Inc.; Allergan; Amgen; AntriaBio; B. Braun Medical Inc.; Battelle Memorial Institute; Baxter Healthcare Corporation; BGH International; Bimeda; Bimeda Inc.; Biomerieux; Cenexi; Charles River; Copan Diagnostics Inc; Excellent Pharma Consulting Inc; Genentech; Genentech Inc; Genentech, Inc.; Genzyme ; Global Drug Development Consulting; GSK; Janssen; JD Technologies, LLC; Microbiologics; Microrite; Millipore Sigma; Nipro PharmaPackaging; Pacira Pharmaceuticals Inc; PSC Biotech; Rapid Micro Biosystems; Regeneron Pharmaceuticals; Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc.; Renaissance Pharma; Sanofi Pasteur; Shire plc; STERIS Corporation; Steri-Tek; University of California San Diego; University of Salford;

Workshop LEADER


Andrew Bartko

Research Leader, Battelle Memorial Institute

Dr. Andrew P. Bartko received a B.S. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997 and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry in 2002. His graduate work consisted of deciphering spatially heterogeneous relaxation dynamics of glass forming systems using novel rotational single molecule microscopy techniques. In 2002, Dr. Bartko joined the Softmatter Nanotechnology and Advanced Spectroscopy Team at Los Alamos National Laboratory where he studied the ultrafast photophysics of semiconducting quantum dots. Dr. Bartko is a senior scientist in Battelle’s Technology Development Group where he contributes to several applied spectroscopy efforts that focus on biological and chemical sensing. He now leads Battelle’s Rapid, Enumerated, Bioidentification System development program.

Battelle Memorial Institute

Every day, the people of Battelle apply science and technology to solving what matters most. At major technology centers and national laboratories around the world, Battelle conducts research and development, designs and manufactures products, and delivers critical services for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio since its founding in 1929, Battelle serves the national security, health and life sciences, and energy and environmental industries. For more information, visit www.battelle.org

Workshop programme

13:30 Registration and Coffee

14:00 Opening Remarks and Introductions

Andrew Bartko

Andrew Bartko, Research Leader, Battelle Memorial Institute
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14:10 Session 1: Introductions and technology options

Andrew Bartko

Andrew Bartko, Research Leader, Battelle Memorial Institute
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  • An introduction to the current technologies used for microbial contamination control
  • The current technology options available to the industry
  • Pros and cons of methods with respect to current availability in the commercial market
  • 14:40 Session 2: Technical aspects of sensing

    Andrew Bartko

    Andrew Bartko, Research Leader, Battelle Memorial Institute
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  • Spectrometric methods
  • Optical methods used for sensing
  • Operating principles and their relation to microbial attributes
  • 15:00 Afternoon Tea

    15:30 Session 3: Implementation of strategies

    Andrew Bartko

    Andrew Bartko, Research Leader, Battelle Memorial Institute
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  • Practical aspects of the implementation of these strategies
  • Hurdles to overcome during and after implementation
  • Case studies of implementation
  • 16:00 Session 4: Validation pitfalls to avoid

    Andrew Bartko

    Andrew Bartko, Research Leader, Battelle Memorial Institute
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  • The best validation methods to use
  • Pitfalls and issues which need to be circumvented
  • Regulatory considerations
  • 17:00 End of Workshop


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