Q4 STORY BY NUMBERS

Q4 Stats

SMART LABS DEVELOPMENTS 

In this quarter, significant milestones were reached in the development of SmartLabs, a teaching platform which will allow students to engage hands-on with different layers of industrial automation, including a digital twin of a manufacturing process, in a live, remote laboratory. The SmartX interface for simulation execution was updated to allow users to manually configure simulations of crystallisation reactions. This is a significant step on the path to allowing SmartX to run digital twins. In parallel, the SmartLabs team executed a full factorial Design of the Experiment using the crystallisation reaction rig to validate the crystallisation simulation developed in Q3.

The SmartLabs project was demonstrated to students of the DigiSkills Africa Workshop, to help prepare them for an interactive, hands-on session in Q1 of 2023. They learned about crystallisation, analytical and process technologies, how SmartX can be used for automation and control and now for simulation. The demo generated lots of interest for the hands-on session to come. 

SmartLabs Demo
Map

LECTURES FROM THE TECH TEAM

The Tech division have been giving lectures in the Digital Transformation Masters which seems to be going well and according to plan.

The Technology team has hosted several virtual and in person lectures, demonstrations and tours of the QC and Process labs for the part-time and full time PGDip and MSc in Digital Transformation. 

INNOPHARMA TECHNOLOGY EDITORIAL FEATURED IN PHARMA FOCUS EUROPE INAUGURAL EDITION

An editorial by Chris O’Callaghan, Caroline McCormack and Ian Jones was featured this month in Pharma Focus Europe’s first-ever issue. Pharma Focus Europe marks an expansion of the popular Pharma Focus Asia magazine into the European market.

The article, “Additive Manufacturing as a Problem-Solving Tool in Pharmaceutical Processing” presents an interesting look at how some of the less broadly applied aspects of Industry 4.0 technologies can also be used to great effect in Pharma. It outlines a case study of rapid-design and prototyping of a hybrid-design mixing impeller to solve issues mixing a problematic suspension during a Wurster coating process, and was conducted right here in our Process & Applications Lab in Dublin. Through the use of 3D printing the lead-time to produce a solution to the issue is reduced from weeks to hours.

See pages 58 to 65 here to read the article: https://www.pharmafocuseurope.com/latest-ebook

Smart X
NEW STARTERS

We have a new starter for the software team, Dymtro . "My name is Dmytro. I'm 22 and working as a Frontend Developer at Innopharma Technology in Dublin. I completed my Computer Science Degree at Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute in Ukraine. My favourite hobbies are reading, listening to music and swimming.  I am crazy about mountains and dream of moving there one day." 

We have a new starter on our Data Analytics team, Blessing Fufeyin who is working on the smart labs project. Blessing holds a BSc in Chemistry from the university of science and technology Port Harcourt Nigeria and is currently enrolled in Postgraduate Diploma in Pharmaceutical Business and Technology with Innopharma. She has years of experience in the Oil and Gas service sector in Nigeria and has worked with Norbrook laboratory in Northern Ireland. She is currently interning with the Smart Labs project.

Parimala Palinasamy, a Marie Curie research fellow, has also joined us for her industrial placement, on secondment from UL. 

Linkedin Updates

SALES 

This quarter we have sold 4 Eyecon2s. Two are going to Chanse in China, one to Hungary through our Glatt Germany connection and one going to the FDA in Maryland, US. 

EXPANSION

We are expanding our Distributor network in Europe and are in talks with both a Spanish company and an Italian company who visited the office this Monday. 

FUNDING & INNOVATION 


We have signed the Grant and Consortium Agreement for the Horizon Europe Project we were awarded last year. The Kick off Meeting of the project will be next February 2023 in Seville (Spain).

Within the research framework of the Project Innopharma will lead activities around the development of reconfigurable cyber-physical production modules (RCPM) integrated with breakthrough AI-based digital tools. We will directly contribute with the integration of Innopharma’s Process Analytical Technology devices and of the SmartX interface in a fully automated and data-driven manufacturing system for the agrifood and pharma sector. 

Innopharma will also lead one work package focused on Human and Sustainability Impact Assessment, which will bring crucial benefit from scaling up of the Digital Maturity and Sustainability Assessment tool.

EDITORIAL

PROCESS CONTROL DEVELOPMENTS AT UL

This December marks 1 year since the kick-off of the first research project at UL based around their SmartX-equipped fluid bed system. The project is exploring opportunities for product quality and process control improvements presented by the advanced control system, and has covered some very significant ground led by Dr. Samuel Solomon.

Dr. Solomon’s research has focused on deriving and demonstrating first-principles techniques for optimization of two key process variables during execution of a granulation batch, airflow rate and spray rate. Previous advanced control approaches including those developed at Innopharma have focused on modelling an existing processes as a means of calculating optimized airflow and spray rates. UL’s pioneering method on the other hand removes the need for these preceding batches, instead using offline-measured characteristics of the raw materials to inform the generic process prediction models.

Research has so far focused on:

  • The interaction of particles of varying sizes with the fluidizing airstream, allowing airflow rate to be tuned and optimized based on particle size data measured in real time by the Eyecon2 and

  • Moisture mass balance equations to allow spray rates to be adjusted in real time to account for the drying effects of the above airflow rate controls, ensuring consistent moisture content profiles batch-to-batch

The project continues, but the first peer-reviewed paper covering the work done to-date is planned for February 2023.

NEW STARTERS
OUR EDUCATION DIVISION HAVE BEEN BUSY RECRUITING FOR THE FIRST INTAKE OF 2023

 

It has been a very busy time in the Education division preparing for the Spring 23' intake. Our weekly webinar series is continuing to be very popular. We have had Open Days in Limerick, Cork and Dublin which were well attended. Ann Ryan has been busy setting up Canteen Sessions in Alexion, Abbie, Takeda, Cambus Medical and Zoetis which is a great opportunity to speak to those working in the sector and helping them figure out their education journey. And lot's more! Continue reading for a breakdown across the regions of all that has happened.




Our Graduate
PROGRAMME VALIDATION 

 

The MSc in Medical Device Technology and Business (in collaboration with Griffith College) went through a QQI panel recently and the panel recommended the programme for validation (subject to conditions). It was a very successful day overall and much work was put into preparing for this day

 We were also successful in a panel review of our first micro-credential programmes through QQI which were also recommended for validation (subject to conditions) . These five programmes are subsets of our current Innopharma Higher Certificate in Process Digitisation. It is intended to commence the delivery of these programmes in March through our collaboration with the Louth & Meath ETB.

The 5 micro credential programmes are as follows:

  • L6 Certificate in Supply Chain

  • L6 Certificate in IT & Industrial Automation

  • L6 Certificate in Data Visualisation and Analysis

  • L6 Certificate in Transversal Skills for a Digital Workplace

  • L6 Certificate in Operational Excellence

  • These are short programmes that will be certified by QQI to support industry needs.

QQI Conference
GRADUATIONS


Throughout the month of November, we held four graduations in Griffith College in Dublin, Cork and Limerick and in TUD. Across all the gradations there were 23 students from every subject discipline interviewed for testimonial videos, during which many graduates spoke very highly of both staff and their experience with Innopharma Education. It was great to get back out to graduations again and meet with these people to hear about how our programmes have been a benefit to them, their careers and life in general.

Mary Jane & Jennifer

Jennifer & Mary Jane
REGIONAL UPDATES
 

It has been a very busy quarter for the Midwest Region. Our 7 programmes that commenced in Limerick in September are all now preparing for their upcoming exams in January. 

We are actively recruiting for our next intake of Programmes on Jan 23 and had a very successful Open Day on November 29th and Ann & Kevin joined us for the event .

We have attended a number of events, Expos and site visits attended.  It has been great to network and engages with Intreo DSP & employers within Med Tech, Biopharma and service sectors. This has also been a great opportunity for continuing to raise our profile and generating brand awareness.

Aisling & Anne with Monica Redmond & Samantha Malynn at Medtronic (see photo below). This was the second site visit  to Medtronic and another very successful event . Aisling and Anne met with 25 of their employees whom are interested in taking up one of our programmes  and we are now in the process of guiding them through same.

TUD Graduation Nov 5th:  L7 BSc in Process Technologies Limerick class Graduates

Nora & I I attended the SNS Expo 2022 , focus on growing a sustainable business With Jamie Meehan IDEAM & Joe Ledddin Regional Skills

Nora  & I I attended the SNS Expo 2022 , focus on growing a sustainable business    With Jamie  Meehan  IDEAM  & Joe Ledddin Regional Skills
 

PHARMA INDUSTRY AWARDS 2022

Following on from previous years, Innopharma sponsored the Pharma Industry Awards 2023. A group from across the divisions attended on November 10th in the new Radisson Blu convention centre. It was an enjoyable and busy night networking. Kevin presented our sponsored award "The Partnership Alliance" of the Year Award to Roche Diagnostics and Centric Health.

This year we had also been shortlisted for two awards:  Our Validation Engineer Work Simulation Training Programme has been shortlisted for the Graduate Training Programme of the year and is being sponsored by Bio PharmaChem – Skillnet. Secondly, the Digital Maturity and Sustainability Leadership Programme has been shortlisted for the PharmaEducation and Training Award, sponsored by Sirus. Unfortunately, we didn't come home with an award ourselves but we had a great night and are proud to be invited as sponsors each year and also be shortlisted for two awards. It is a great event to spread the Innopharma name and maybe next year will be our year!

New blogs
NEW STARTER

My name is Caroline Wilson and I’m the new Receptionist/Administrator based in Sandyford.  I previously worked in Takeda Pharmaceuticals in Bray 18yrs+ supporting many departments with admin support, PA management support, document controller for QA, document management for Engineering Projects, procurement support, everything, and anything! My dad is from India and my Mum is from Tullow, they met at barn dance in Tullow long story 😊…and I grew up on Dublin northside but now living in Wicklow.  My hobbies are music, concerts, socialising, gym, adore animals and love to learn and there is a lot to learn at Innopharma! 

 
CAROLINE & CAT
GRADUATIONS
SPRING 2023 INTAKE


We have 14 Springboard + & HCI funded programmes starting over 4 different locations in the new year. The team has been busy recruiting, processing applications and running events over the past few weeks and we are nearly there, halfway to our target!  We look forward to welcoming the new cohorts to the Innopharma Education community in the new year.

QQI CERTIFICATE

QQI 10TH ANNIVERSARY CONFERENCE

Innopharma Education were successful in being selected to give a lightning talk presentation at a recent QQI conference held in Croke Park. The submission was made under the heading of Enterprise and Education in partnership: Connecting programmes and employability. Our entry was successful for both the poster submission and the opportunity to give lightening talk live on the day of the conference.

PRESENTATIONS

We were invited to speak at the Future of Medicines Forum in November was co-hosted with IPHA and NIBRT. This event was launched by Dara Calleary, Minister of State for Trade Promotion, Digital and Company Regulation (I hope to get a photo for this).

Graduations 2022

GRADUATIONS
EVENTS & OPEN DAYS

Over the last few months, we attended some Department of Social Protection events nationwide to promote all our courses and made good connections with staff in the Dublin region for future promotion opportunities.

At the end of November and beginning of December, we help open day sessions in Limerick, Cork and Dublin. A good attendance of potential students at each particularly in Cork and we hope to see a number of attendees from each across the regions commence our courses in 2023.

Programmes 2023

LIMERICK GRADUATION

There were 26 graduates from the PG Dip in Science & Medical Device Technology & Business and we had 9 graduates attend the ceremony. Orla McKiernan, Finbarr Sheehy, Sandra Mooney, Mary Jo & I attended the event. 

Athlone Medtronic site visit

Athlone Medtronic site visit
Pharma Awards
 MARKETING UPDATE

 

Overall our marketing activities have been performing very well. Google Analytics reported that all channel traffic was up for 17% YoY while leads were up 27%, excluding social leads with total to 350 leads, this brings it to a 133% increase. Paid social recorded 375 new social enquiries in November while search activities drove 131 leads as well as 9 phone calls. Email recorded 1,067 opens and 99 sessions as part of the 2 weekly newsletter in November.

Over the last few months, our blog articles on the Innopharma Education site have been performing very well, not only have they doubled the users visiting our website but we can see that the email campaigns that include article links are driving engaged traffic back to the site. These users are spending an average session duration of 3 minutes on the site – one of the highest across the channel. In order to continue this performance, we decided to change our strategy so that we can increase the volume of content we publish each month. This strategy involves Wolfgang creating 2 blogs per month and our Education team creating the other two assisted by a brief. As we are into the second month of our new content strategy, it is hard to see the results however one of our November blogs has already reached 10 unique page views with no additional promotions. A special thank you to all the team who have helped out with the content briefs so far. We look forward to creating new blogs in the new year so watch out you could be called a writer soon enough!

THE FINAL QUARTER HAS BEEN A BUSY TIME FOR TS!

Cohort 20 programme is ongoing at present. 

Cohort 21 – currently recruiting 

Tech Services are currently recruiting for our next programme in Advanced Validation Practices due to commence in February 2023

There’s a lot of interest in the programme & a lot of applicants which is very positive.

INTRODUCTIONS 

Temi Olaoye-Williams

My name is Temi. I got my Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry from my Home Country- Nigeria.  I have worked previously in an Agro-Allied company for a year after my Bachelors’ where I assisted in the set-up of new  businesses entering into the agriculture sector. I earned a Master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Science from Anglia Ruskin University in the United Kingdom were I did research on novel (antibacterial) drug delivery into the lungs for 6 months. I trained and worked for a pharmacovigilance company as a Drug Safety Administrator. After 6 months, I worked for a non-governmental organisation that focuses on women and children’s health in Nigeria. In April 2021, I moved to Dublin, Ireland to further my education and continue my career in the pharmaceutical Industry. I recently graduated from Griffith College with a Master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Business and Technology. I started with Innopharma Technical Services in June 2022 where I enrolled for the Validation programme. I am currently working at Regeneron, Limerick as a QA Validation Consultant. I enjoy volunteering. I have assisted in an orphanage, where I taught kids how to read and write and I currently help with soup runs. I love photography, travelling (discovering new places), trying out new cuisine and watching movies. 

Karen Cuellar Tenorio

I hold a Degree Qualified Chemical Pharmacobiology and Masters in Pharmaceutical Business and Technology. I worked as Clinical Chemistry Assistant in Mexico City and as a Customer Assistant at B&Q, Ireland. Once I concluded my master, I had the amazing opportunity to be part of the Validation Engineer Program at Innopharma Technical Services. I started a new position as a Validation Engineer-C&Q Technical Writer at Eli Lilly, Kinsale, Co. Cork. One of my hobbies is aerial dance and I am currently an aerial dance student at Circus Factory Cork.

Christin Mathew

I am Christin Mathew, a Pharmaceutical Business and Technology Master’s Qualified Bioinformatics Engineer with more than 6 years of experience working within the pharmaceutical industry. I have industry experience in drug safety, global regulatory reporting, quality review, and clinical trial coordination. I am an effective communicator with a proven ability to engage and successfully contribute within a team. 

The Innopharma Technical Services validation program helped me to improve my technical writing skill, good documentation practice, and analytical thinking. Currently, I am working as a contract QA validation consultant at Regeneron, Limerick for Innopharma Technical Services. My hobbies are hiking and camping. I am also really passionate about serving public health and protecting nature.

New Starters

TREASURE OUR CHESTS AND INCREASE OUR STEPS

Thank you to everyone for supporting our 10k steps a day challenge raising €3000 in aid of National Breast Cancer Research Institute Ireland 

We ended this with a Blush Brunch at Sandyford & the ladies in Cork had a brunch at Fota Island!

Congratulations to the well-deserved winner with the most steps - Luke Kiernan! 

CHARITY FUNDRAISER
PHARMA AWARDS
Recruitment
WE WELCOMED NEW STARTERS

  • Temiloluwa Olaoye-Williams & Christin Mathew with roles in Regeneron.

  • Karen Cuellar Tenorio with a role in Eli Lilly.

  • John Costello & Ricardo Ibarra with roles in Grifols.

We also welcome Nicola Rice who has joined the Technical Services core team, taking up the role of Validation Programme Manager 

John Costello

Hello! My name is John. I am from a place in the middle of Ireland called Roscommon, a place full of bogs and sheep. My interests in education have always been based around science. I received a bachelor’s degree in Trinity College Dublin where I studied nanoscience. I learned about very small things, like very small.

I have just begun my first work experience in the pharmaceutical industry with Innopharma. I work with the pharmaceutical company ‘Grifols’ as a technical writer in their validation department! Their site is based in Grange Castle Business Park, outside Dublin City. Before my role at Innopharma, and during college, I worked in bars, hotels and restaurants. So, from these experiences, I now know how to pour the perfect Guinness and clean dishes properly.

Outside of work, I have several hobbies. I enjoy martial arts, football, stargazing, playing FIFA and eating fried chicken. So, during the week you can find me in the gym throwing kicks, and on the weekend, you can find me playing FIFA while eating burgers from Mad Egg (best burgers in Dublin, also don’t try to beat me at FIFA… you will lose). That’s all folks! Hopefully, I will get to meet some of you!

Ricardo Ibarra

Mechatronics engineer with a Master's degree in Pharmaceuticals. Experience in quality assurance in manufacturing sites such as the automotive and electronics industry. I currently work at Grifols as a Technical Writer in the Validation department. I really like cooking vegan Mexican food, playing board games and solving puzzles in escape rooms. My favourite animals are squirrels and donkeys, besides my 15 chihuahuas.

Nicola Rice

have a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Engineering Management from UCD.

I spent 3 years in the food sector, 10 years in solid oral dosage pharmaceutical, and a further 12 years in the voluntary sector teaching both adults and children.

In my spare time I train Border collies and German shepherds in competitive obedience and search & rescue. I also train and compete in endurance sports. Ironman distance and above. My most recent race was representing Ireland at the Swedeman Xtreme Triathlon in August 2022. I can normally be found on the side of a mountain with a dog and or a bike.

TREASURE OUR CHESTS

PHARMA AWARDS 2023

Tech Services were delighted to have been shortlisted as finalists for the "Graduate Training Programme of the Year" Award at the Pharma Industry Awards recently at the Radisson Blu Convention Centre in Dublin

Caroline Fanneran & Audrey Meehan attended from Tech Services – its was a great night!

CAREERS FAIR

TUS ATHLONE CAREERS FAIR
 

Caroline & Sonia met with graduates & current students on campus at the TUS Athlone Careers Fair in October.

There was great interest in our Validation & QC Training Programmes.

We are looking forward to meeting potential candidates at the Career Fairs at both University of Limerick & NUI Galway in January. 

Tech Services are looking forward to getting everyone together for this year’s Christmas Party in Kilkenny – our first since Covid! 

DIGISKILLS AFRICA

 

On the 7th of November, our InnoGlobal team; Ian, Sandra, Daniela, Gareth & Luke visited Cape Town, SA to deliver a successful in-person workshop as part of the Digiskills Africa programme.

The Digital Transformation Programme was run as a pilot project and delivered in partnership with the South Africa Radio Astronomy Observatory, SARAO. The funding for the in-person workshop was provided by the UK Newton Fund through the Development in Africa with Radio Astronomy (DARA) BIG DATA Project. The hosting and implementation of the course was led by SARAO and the African Institute of Mathematical Science (AIMS) South Africa.

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DIGISKILLS
WORKSHOP
QUOTES

SOCIAL NEWS


CIARAN COMPLETED THE NYC MARATHON

A huge shoutout to Ciaran who ran the NYC Marathon last month for the Irish Cancer Society raising over 10.6 K.   What an achievement. Where will he smash next?

 

THE INNO BOOK CLUB

The Innopharma Book Club finished the year with the book “Away with the Penguins” which was liked all around. If you wish to join next year please contact Alex Furbee, it is a great way to get all the best book recommendations! If your new year’s resolution is to take up reading or focus more on ‘down-time’ then give the book club a go!

 

CHRISTMAS FUNDRAISER

We are proud to be raising money for the Irish Heart Foundation and UNICEF this year with a total of €2,000 raised.

The purpose of the programme is to equip graduates in Africa with skills for the new technological era. We adopted the Innopharma Education: MSc in Digital Transformation programme to bring a short course to Science & Engineering Graduates in the African Continent. The course began online in September with Live Lectures and E-learning modules followed by the week-long in-person workshop in Cape town, in which some students streamed online. Post Cape Town it is continuing online with Live Lecturers, Smart Lab Demos and CV & Interview Coaching to help our students gain employment.

More than 40 participants from 8 African countries attended the in-person part of the Digital Transformation Programme in Cape Town and a further 20 participants attended online. The week included a range of guest speakers from research organisations such as the South African Medical Research Council and SARAO, covering topics of precision medicine agenda for SA, SARAO’s role in the National Ventilator Project and the skills needs for South Africa to develop Human Capacity and leadership on data-driven radio astronomy. We were also joined by guest speakers from ASPEN pharmacare, Global Multinational company DHL who spoke about Supply Chain Trends as well as the Irish Ambassador to South Africa who welcomed the participants on 9 November, drawing similarities between South Africa and Ireland society. 

Overall it was a huge success, we received positive feedback from all the participants as well as the guest speakers who offered some students jobs in the future. We look forward to seeing where our graduates end up in the new year and the next steps for this programme.

DIGISKILLS
Merry Christmas