innopharma quarter one newsletter 2020



Updates from the Technology Division 

SmartX Updates

In December we commenced a research project with the DPTC using our SmartX intelligent manufacturing platform. The work demonstrates the utility of SmartX outside of Pharma. It will focus on optimising process conditions during spray drying to improve flowability of milk powder (currently a challenge in the industry for conveyance and product performance) by optimising process conditions during spray drying and will continue with the DPTC into 2020.

In December 2019, the software development team completed the last major aspect of SmartX software which is FDA

 21 CFR Part 11. SmartX software is now ready with technical control for its first test implementation journey.

PAT Update

Innopharma Technology has made some milestone achievements and improvements to PAT Technology. In the new year, Eyecon2 received ATEX 2/22 certification for use in explosive environment and ROHS 3 environmental Compliance. Also, shipped the first Eyecon2 unit with Autostage.

Eyecon2 now ensures fully automated benchtop analysis with the development of Autostage. Released in December, the robotic stage eliminated manual adjustment of sample disk. It can now be used both in inline and benchtop processes without an operator. Innopharma Technology has also released a new Verification Standard Kit based on certified laser pinhole technology for Eyecon2.

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Marketing and Events:

The marketing team launched the new technology website on October 30, followed by the creation of dedicated social media channels. The migration from the old site took around three months and currently enjoys better messaging and user experience. 

A happy moment to announce, the first SmartX application note on “Self-guided Control of a Fluid Bed Granulation Process” will be published by Pharmaceutical Technology Magazine in their January 2020 edition. An excellent opportunity for Innopharma Technology to showcase the smart control technology for fluid bed granulation. 

In November 2019, our Head of Engineering supported Glatt Air Techniques at a training seminar that GAT was hosting at their development center in New Jersey for the local Industry. It was an excellent opportunity to meet with North American customers and showcase the use of Eyecon for endpoint detection in novel processes such as Glatt CPS® Technology (Complex Perfect Spheres) based on fluid bed rotor technology.

In November 2019, our continuous manufacturing experts attended the Pharma 4.0 Conference organised by ISPE in Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester. ISPE provided a platform to connect with fellow Pharma 4.0 though leaders and gain insight from the industry.

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Analytical lab/Crystallisation:

Our last newsletter stated constructing a new Analytical/Crystallization lab for Validation training as well as SmartCrys Project. We are happy to share the lab is now ready and under operation where QC training is currently undergoing.

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Exciting News from the Education Division 

Our January 2020 Springboard programmes have all kicked off, reaching our highest number of Springboard Applicants to date. In the last two intakes we have over 850 student studying with us across Dublin, Cork, Limerick and also Waterford, Galway and Athlone for our Certificate in Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Operations. 

It was a another busy few months leading up to our January intake with numerous Open Evenings, Drop-in Session, Events, Webinars and Interviews to get our students on board. 

The Cork Jobs Expo took place in November where Ann Mitchell and Fiona attended on behalf of the Education & Validation divisions. It was a great successful day with lots of interest. We also attended the Galway Jobs expo which was another busy day!

Pharma Awards 2019

The Pharma Awards 2019 took place in October. Our ‘MSc in Pharmaceutical Business & Technology’ was shortlisted for the ‘Pharma Education & Training’ Awards and we also sponsored the ‘Partnership Alliance of the year’ award which was won by Pfizer Ringaskiddy & Indaver’. Although we didn’t win this year, it was a great night!

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The Griffith College Graduations took place in November in Dublin & Cork. It was great to see such a high number of graduates from the Innopharma faculty and to receive such positive feedback from them all and we wish them all the best in their future careers. We got great content from the day too!

The TU Dublin – Tallaght campus graduation also took place. We had a number of students from our Pharma, Medtech and Food Science programmes graduating. It was another great day.

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