innopharma quarter three newsletter 2021

 

 

2021 Q3 STORY BY NUMBERS

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Innopharma Education

LET'S BEGIN WITH SOME EXCITING UPDATES FROM THE EDUCATION TEAM 

SEPT/OCT 2021 COURSE RECRUITMENT

Our Springboard, HCI and private recruiting has been in full swing in Q3 and we have seen a great uptake in many of our courses. Brilliant to see such a healthy class list for our brand new Certificates in Process Digitisation. These Certs are Innopharma's first accredited courses independent of another college and it was fantastic to get official QQI accreditation for these courses this quarter!

Well done to all of the programme leads and lead owners on your work over the last few months!



ENGINEERS IRELAND NEWSLETTER 

As part of our Sept/Oct promotions we advertised some of our courses on Engineers Irelands website and in their newsletter which is sent to their 24,000 members with a high percentage of these being within the biopharma, chemistry, tech and mechanical engineering space. You can access our pieces below: 

                 Newsletter Promotion 1 - Our new Certificates 

                         Newsletter 2 - Our HCI programmes



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WEBINARS

We continued with our weekly webinars for Sept/Oct recruitment. There was a big focus on our new Certificate courses as these were not only new to us and our potential students but also new to the industry in general! Thanks to Ann, Finbarr and Kevin and anyone who helped with support on these along the way. We have seen a great return on these webinars over the last number of months and are looking forward to continuing these over our coming recruitment cycles. We are always looking for volunteers to host or help with these webinars to mix things up and any suggestions in terms of content, interesting additions etc. are welcome!  

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SPRINGBOARD OUTCOMES

We have seen some great outcomes in relation to students progressing from one programme to another and also in terms of graduates progressing in their career by breaking into the sector, joining new companies and getting promotions. 

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PHARMA AWARDS

We are delighted to be sponsoring the Pharma Industry awards once again this year which will be taking place on November 11th. The awards hosted their first ever shortlist show where Luke announced the companies shortlisted for our sponsored award on behalf on Innopharma. You can watch the shortlist announcement below!


TEACHING AND LEARNING UPDATE 
 


TRANSITION TO INNOSKILLS & ZOOM

Thank you to everyone who has participated in our move to Innoskills and Zoom as our integrated V.L.E. Classes have been running on this new system for a few weeks now, with the last to start soon. There have been very few major problems reported, and that’s down to the fantastic work you’ve all been putting in to learn and adapt to this new environment!

The new V.L.E. is a future-ready environment for our programmes. Innoskills gives us an easily scalable environment with enhanced features and new functions, including an individually configured calendar, a customized and accessible interface, audio/video feedback tools, and more. All of our TUD programmes and our own Innopharma programmes are housed here.





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COMING SOON..

Lookout for the launch of our Careers Hub in Innoskills - a dedicated jobs board and career development space.

Keep an eye on your email for upcoming training and development opportunities.

Staff workshops in Q4 will be focused on using tools to support academic integrity (Zotero, Turnitin), assessment design, feedback practices and making the most of Zoom for live teaching.





GET IN TOUCH WITH THE T&L TEAM!

Cathy – Head of Teaching & Learning – peckc@innopharmalabs.com

Danielle O’Rourke – Learning Technologist – orourked@innopharmalabs.com

Alexandra Anton – Learner Support Co-Ordinator – antona@innopharmalabs.com

Colm O’Connor – College Librarian – oconnorc@innopharmalabs.com

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LIBRARY AND LEARNER HUB NOW LIVE!

The Innopharma Library is now live on Innoskills. Take a look around and explore our resources on Academic Integrity, Referencing, Zotero, Academic writing, Information Literacy and more!

Please contact library@innopharmalibrary.com with any comments , questions or suggestions.

The Learner Hub is also live on Innoskills and has had lots of traffic since its launch in August. The Learner Hub is a one stop shop for learners where they can find information about their programme as well as various resources to aid learning.

Please contact learnersupport@innopharmalabs.com with any comments, questions or suggestions.




NEW ACADEMIC & STUDY SKILLS WORKSHOP SERIES

We are excited to launch a new workshop series for all our learners this October! Workshops will take place on Wednesdays at 6pm and offer learnings on a range of topics. They will be 20 minutes long followed by 10 minutes for Q&A. Workshop topics have been carefully selected to be relevant and useful at various points throughout the semester – have a look below:

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Technology

        GREAT NEWS FROM THE TECHNOLOGY TEAM 




LIGHTHOUSE - DIGITAL MATURITY ASSESSMENT


Over the summer we have been working closely with the Lighthouse Partnership in Disruptive Technology for small molecule manufacturing, a cluster of Irish Manufacturers, Service Providers and Government agencies in performing a Digital Maturity and Sustainability Assessment which the Innopharma Team and designed based on current best practise. It is intended that the assessments will benchmark current state, identify best practise exemplars and areas of opportunity that will enable the development of a data rich strategy that considers the unique technological and organisational direction, roadmap and destination.  

Our partnership with the cluster has afforded us an excellent opportunity to network with site leadership teams of the leading pharma manufacturing teams in Ireland, build our own expertise in business assessments and  exercise an informed view of the future skills and technology needs of manufacturing in Ireland. 

 

This To date we have completed assessments of 9 participants which is providing a wealth of information that is feeding into strategic and policy development for the cluster. Next steps include the development of finalised reports and preparation for cluster workshop in October.

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LIGHTHOUSE - DIGITAL MATURITY ASSESSMENT - PHARMA AWARDS SHORTLIST

We are delighted to announce that our Lighthouse Initiative was shortlisted for the Pharma Project of the Year Award - Small at the annual Pharma Industry Awards in November!




INTRODUCING THE EyePASS

The Eyecon2 our flagship technology, used to measure the particle size and shape of powders and bulk solids. The Eyecon2 is a direct imaging, non product contact,  particle analyser that reports data of your bulk powder processes in real time. 

More info here for those of you that are new!

One of the primary steps performed by our image analysis software EyePASS is particle segmentation i.e., the detection and delineation of particles from the images sent by the Eyecon2. All measurements reported by the software are based on the results of the particle segmentation step. To date EyePASS 2.0 uses traditional image-processing techniques to achieve the segmentation.

The EyePASS Artificial intelligence (AI) project is using cutting edge machine learning (ML) techniques to drastically improve the ability to segment particles, enhanced segmentation means a wider range or material types can be detected with superior accuracy in measurement results.

The machine learning approach utilises convolutional neural networks (CNN), It is a supervised machine learning method where learned features with input data are manually labelled for the task of identifying particles. To break that down a little more, EyePASS AI images of materials are labeled manually by in-house experts, then a CNN iterates and improve its feature extraction of the images. The features are not trained but are instead learned by the network. More and more datasets are been prepared as part of the project to challenge and improve the model.

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INNOPHARMA TECHNICAL SERVICES

TECHNICAL SERVICES UPDATES    


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It’s been another busy quarter in the Technical Services Division with the recruitment for and the delivery of our validation programme to cohort 16, one new client (and at least one more coming on board in Q4), six new starters at client’s sites (with three more with start dates confirmed for October – more in our next Newsletter), and our golf team supporting the Cuisle cancer support group fundraiser.

But firstly, some baby news.  Huge congratulations to Pedro De Grandis and Amanda on the arrival of their beautiful daughter Clara💞

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GOLF TEAM
The Innopharma Golf Team, comprising of Paul, Sandra, Caroline and Luke played in the Network Ireland Kildare Charity golf classic on Friday, September 3rd, helping to raise €23,000 in aid of Cuisle Cancer Support.

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MARKETING

On the marketing front we have continued to run campaigns through LinkedIn.  We are continuing to focus on building our brand throughout 2021 – Don’t forget to like and share!

We are continuing to work on full CRM implementation. 

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VALIDATION 

On the Validation front Cohort 16 are in the middle of programme delivery and interest from clients has been at an unprecedented level.  Interviews have been thick and fast with 3 start dates in October confirmed to date. 
We have added a new client to our portfolio with our first placing at Viatris, in Baldoyle, Dublin 13.
We are currently recruiting for Cohort 17 which is due to start at the end of Oct.  




NEW STARTERS

During Q3 we welcomed Tadhg Donnellon, Ciara Mellott, Colm O’Neill, Oyinda Arinde, Zainab Atobatele and Nikita Bhusa to the technical services team.

Tadgh and Colm have commenced roles with Regeneron, in Limerick in their CTU and Analytical Instrument qualification teams.  Ciara has started with Amgen in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin with their equipment qualification team on the qualification of CTC’s.  Both Oyinda and Zainab have commenced roles as cleaning validation engineers also at Regeneron, in Limerick.  Nikita has commenced as a QC Analyst role with Viatrais, in Dublin.

To get to know a little bit more about Tadhg, Ciara, Colm, Oyinda, Zainab and Nikita, see the “Get to know our new starters” section.

REGRETTABLE LEAVERS
We bade farewell to Myles Corrigan, Ayushi Gulabani and Patricia Murphy in September.  




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Ciara Mellotte

I am a science graduate with a BSc in Clinical Technology from LIT. I recently completed a H.Dip in Biopharmaceutical and Medical Device Manufacturing from Innopharma/TUD. I have worked part-time in hospitality and retail roles throughout my third-level education. I am currently working in Amgen in their Equipment Qualification team. I spend my leisure time reading books and partaking in activities to keep fit. I particularly enjoy spending time outdoors, I hope to climb Carrauntoohil this year.








Tadhg Donnellon

I started off my third level education at the University of Limerick studying the general engineering course. Growing up I would have always been interested in technology and equipment. I was really excited by the computer programming modules which led me to major in computer and electronic engineering for the remainder of my time at the University of Limerick.
I completed my university internship with Goodman Medical in Galway working in the automation department. This is where I got my first taste for the life sciences industry which I really enjoyed!
I worked as a production technician in Vistakon in Limerick throughout my time as a student as well as various other roles in the hospitality and retail sector. When I finished my degree I knew I wanted to make the transition to the life sciences industry.
To do so, I enrolled for the pharmaceutical business operations course with Innopharma and Griffith College. This led me to the work simulation validation program that Innopharma were running which i since completed. The course was fantastic giving a great insight into working as a validation engineer. I felt I was ready to begin my career working in the field of validation.
In July, I began working as a quality assurance consultant as a contractor for Regeneron. None of this would have been possible without Innopharma and I am so grateful for the opportunities they have given me.
I head back to the coast surfing whenever I can and I’m a big follower of pretty much all sports, GAA and football in particular.




Nikita Bhusa

Nikita has a Masters in Pharmaceutical Business and Technology through Innopharma Labs, Griffith College Dublin and a BA in Pharmacy from Mumbai University India.
Nikita completed a 4-month extensive training Quality Control Analyst program with Innopharma Technical Services and took on the QC Analysts Program Coordinator role to support the program.
Nikita has previously worked as a Pharmacy Intern in her native home prior to coming to Ireland to complete her Masters.
Nikita has joined the QC team in Viatris as an QC Analyst.

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Oyindamola Arinde

My name is Oyindamola Arinde, am from Lagos, Nigeria. I had my Bachelors of Technology in Microbiology from Ladoke Akintola university of technology, Nigeria and a MSc in Pharmaceutical Business and Technology from Innopharma/Griffith college .I had previously taught Science at secondary level and worked as a laboratory Assistant at De’Green Pearl general hospital in Lagos for 3years. Am currently working as a QA Validation Engineer contracted to Regeneron, Cleaning department.  My hobbies are travelling and cycling during summer while I love sewing during winter. Am delighted to join the team and looking forward to working and meeting you all.








Zainab Abolanle Atobatele

My name is Zainab Abolanle Atobatele, I am a Nigerian. I am a degree qualified Biochemist with Masters in Pharmaceutical Business and Technology with Griffith College Dublin.
I started my career as a laboratory technician in a university hospital in Nigeria and worked as quality control analyst and Sales executive with Getz pharmaceuticals and Matrix energy Ltd in Nigeria.
I currently work as QA validation consultant with Regeneron.
My hobbies include: Conducting research, cooking, music, travelling, reading, and meeting people.
I am very adventurous so I love to try new things and have fun when I am not working or studying






Colm O'Neill

I am an Engineering graduate having completed my BEng in Sustainable Energy Technology Engineering (CIR Cork).  I also completed a MSc in pharmaceutical business and technology (Innopharma/Griffith college Dublin), and a Health and Safety Diploma (CMI Ireland)
I spent almost 2 years working in as a process technician in Aenova OSD manufacturing facility in Killorglin, Co Kerry.  I then moved to Borgwarner in Tralee, Co Kerry as a design engineer and spent almost 5 years with Borgwarner.
I commenced my current role as a QA validation consultant in the Analytical Instrument team at Regeneron in July of this year.
I have a keen Interest in both GAA and soccer. Being a big Kerry and Liverpool supporter I am used to a lot of success on the field 😊. (Frequent attendee at Croke Park, although I haven't been to Anfield yet).  

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A WARM WELCOME TO OUR NEWBIES 


Jennifer Campbell

Following the completion of my BSc in human nutrition in UCD, I began working in the Irish food industry within various technical and quality assurance roles. Most recently I held the position of Assistant Technical Manager for Joseph Brennan Bakeries for three years. Although my access to copious amounts of fresh bread has come to an end, I was thrilled to join the Innopharma Education team in August 2021 as Programme Lead for the MSc in Food Business Management and Technology.

I come to the role having been a student of Innopharma myself back in 2019. Despite having finished my MSc in Food Business Management with Innopharma in August 2020, I remained involved with the induction process and thesis supervision since. When the opportunity arose to become a permanent fixture in Innopharma I was delighted and jumped at the opportunity.

Outside of work I enjoy travelling, walking, fitness bootcamp (enjoy may be a tad strong), and the occasional true-crime documentary.

It has been fantastic getting the opportunity to meet many of you in person already despite these challenging times, and I very much appreciate the warm welcome I have received from the entire team.

 




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SOCIAL COMMITTEE 


Thank you to all of the hard work from those involved in the social committee over the last year since working from home commenced. We are appealing to some new members to give the current committee a well earned break. Please contact Mary Jane if you would like to be part of the committee, we would love some fresh faces and ideas! There have been some whispers about those in the regions being the best crack when it comes to social events.... hint, hint..


LAYA HEALTHCARE EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAMME

A reminder to all staff to keep an eye on the Laya EAP website as they share a huge amount or resources in terms of articles, videos and webinars covering things like parenting, healthy eating, wellness during remote working and much more!


WELL DONE TO ALL ON A SUCCESSFULL Q3 AND BEST OF LUCK FOR OUR FINAL QUARTER OF 2021!