Lessons of Failure library

Feb 2020
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Help Solving Manufacturing Process Problems

Russell Madsen and Maik Jornitz have assembled and edited fascinating stories of incidents from their own experiences and those of other long serving industry practitioners and experts. Reprinted from their text: Lessons of Failure: When Things Go Wrong in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, these vignettes offer both what can go wrong and key problem-solving points to take away and apply.

  • The Curious Case of Three Missing Containers of Starting Material in a Batch
  • A 12-Step Program for cGMPs: Lessons of a Pharmaceutical Lifetime
  • Contamination of an Aseptic Fill

If you find these lessons interesting and useful you will find 63 more in the complete text. For a full text description, Table of Contents and purchasing details please visit: go.pda.org/LOF

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents:

  • The Curious Case of Three Missing Containers of Starting Material in a Batch
  • Contamination of an Aseptic Fill
  • A 12-Step Program for cGMPs: Lessons of a Pharmaceutical Lifetime

About the Authors

About the Editors

Russel E. Madsen is President of The Williamsburg Group, LLC, providing expert pharmaceutical consulting services including CGMP compliance, quality systems, aseptic processing and sterilization, sterilizing filtration, design review, due diligence, and regulatory liaison. Prior to forming The Williamsburg Group, he had served PDA as Acting President and was Senior VP Science and Technology. Before joining PDA, he was employed by Bristol-Myers Squibb Company as Director, Technical Services, providing technical and general consulting services to Bristol-Myers Squibb operations, worldwide. He is Vice-Chairman of ASTM E55.03 General Pharmaceutical Standards, a member of the USP Microbiology Expert Committee, Chairman of the USP Visual Inspection of Parenterals Expert Panel, a member of Pharmaceutical Technology's Editorial Advisory Board, and an Honorary Member of PDA. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Lawrence University and a Master of Science degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Maik W. Jornitz is is the Founder and Principal Consultant of BioProcess Resources LLC. BioProcess Resources LLC, is a consulting group specialized in sterilizing filtration, integrity testing and single-use technology. Jornitz has close to 30 years of experience in separation and single-use technologies, the related regulations and validation requirements. Jornitz supports the biopharmaceutical industry on a worldwide basis. As a former member of the PDA Board of Directors (former Chair of the Board of Directors) and member of the Science Advisory Board (SAB), Jornitz has been part of multiple PDA task forces, for example the Technical Report # 26, #40, #41, #45, mycoplasma task forces, and program co-chair for the 2008, 2013 and 2016 Annual Meeting. He is also member of the ISPE, ASTM, ASME, and is faculty member of PDA TRI and Global Compliance. Jornitz authored and co-authored over 100 scientific papers. He is co-editor and author of 9 books for example Filtration and Purification in the Biopharmaceutical Industry, Sterile Filtration — A Practical Approach, Pharmaceutical Filtration and received 5 distinguished author awards, 2 PDA Special Service, the Michael S. Korczynski and Martin Van Trieste award. He has contributed in total 15 chapters to various technical books, including the Encyclopedia of Pharmaceutical Technology. He holds over 30 patents related to biopharmaceutical process equipment (single-use technology) and integrity testing. He formerly worked for Sartorius Stedim in various positions for over 25 years, is Science Advisory Board member of Artemes Technologies and member of the Biotechnology Industry Council. Mr. Jornitz received his M.Eng. in Bioengineering at the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg, Germany and accomplished the PED program at IMD Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland.