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PDA New England Chapter: Rapid Micro Biosystems Site Tour and Educational Dinner Meeting, a Focus on Quality

Jun 13, 2023
Lowell, MA

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Tour by: Rapid Micro Biosystems

  • Tour start time: 4:30pm
  • Tour end time: 5:30pm

Rapid Micro Biosystems® (RMB) provides innovative products for fast, accurate, and efficient detection of microbial contamination in the manufacture of products. The company’s Growth Direct® is the only fully automated, non-destructive growth-based system for multiple QC test applications. Automating rapid compendial QC testing ensures data integrity while enhancing operational efficiencies. RMB is dedicated to providing groundbreaking technology to support the production of higher quality products for improved patient outcomes. They are opening their doors to provide you a personalized, guided tour of their manufacturing floor. You will walk the suite where teams meticulously assemble and test each Growth Direct® instrument, starting with individual robotic subassemblies all the way through final commissioning and testing of the finished system to ensure the highest levels of robustness and quality. You will also have a view of the cleanroom automated media production line where their custom EM, water, and bioburden cassettes are manufactured onsite.

*Rapid Micro Biosystems® takes visitor safety and maintaining proprietary information seriously, we ask that you refrain from any photography during the tour. An NDA will also be provided requiring a signature upon arrival for the scheduled tours.*


    • 4:30-5:30 Rapid Micro Biosystems Tour
    • 5:30-6:30 Sponsors/Networking Hour
    • 6:30-7:00 Dinner
    • 7:00-9:00 Presentations

    To Stress or Not to Stress

    There is a lot of debate around the importance of using stressed microorganisms as part of microbial test method validations, with arguments for and against the use of stressed microorganisms. You can also find arguments on the appropriate type of stress method. What is the right answer? This presentation will provide guidance to answer that question through the evaluation of stress methods, the impact stress has on delay in microbial recovery, and use for environmental monitoring methods.
    The presentation will focus on the following objectives:

    • List of common microorganisms found in the pharmaceutical manufacturing environments.
    • A minimum of two microorganism stress methods
    • Time-to-Result (TTR) analysis for stressed and non-stressed microorganisms commonly recovered in pharmaceutical manufacturing environments .
    • Potential incubation temperatures and duration options for common microorganisms found in the pharmaceutical manufacturing environment that can be used to facilitate recovery from stress.


    Owen Griffin

    Owen has 12+ years of experience working in and leading laboratories for pharmaceutical companies, contract development and manufacturing organizations (CDMO), and contract research organizations (CRO). During his career he has worked in both sterile and non-sterile GMP facilities leading teams that support API, excipient, and drug product manufacturing activities. Over his career he has developed environmental monitoring programs, implemented contamination control strategies, designed microbial method validations, and led global initiatives as a Microbiology subject matter expert (SME).
    Owen earned a B.S. in Microbiology and Laboratory Technology from Auburn University. Owen is currently the Director, R&D Microbiology at Rapid Micro Biosystems. In this role his team is responsible for new product development activities and customer applications support.

    Data Integrity as an Indicator of Other Quality Control Issues

    Data Integrity Issues: Implications on other Quality Control Process Issues?
    Due to numerous and severe regulatory findings, companies have all boarded the Data Integrity train and started remediating their automated systems, developing checklists, process flowcharts and risk registers.  But what if Data Integrity is not the real problem, but a result of another issue?  This presentation will share experiences from a site where this was the situation – data integrity was the symptom of deeper issues.  The presentation will share facts observed and how those facts came together to reveal the root issue—an issue likely shared at many companies.  How do Process Engineering, Sales and Marketing, Analytical Development and Process Development create Data Integrity issues in the QC Laboratory?  This presentation wants you to you re-think what you know about Data Integrity remediation.


    Mark Newton

    Professional Associations:

    • Member, ISPE and GAMP Community of Practice (CoP)
    • Member, Parenteral Drug Association. Committee member for 2021 Data Integrity Conference
    • Chair, ISPE Global Documents Committee (2017-2019); currently committee member
    • Co-Lead, ISPE/GAMP Data Integrity Special Interest Group (Jan 2014-2021)
    • Co-Lead, ISPE/GAMP Laboratory Special Interest Group (2011-2013)

Highlighted Speakers

Owen Griffin
Owen Griffin


1001 Pawtucket Blvd West, Suite 280
Lowell, MA


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Sponsor $85 $135
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Non-Member $115 $135
PDA Student, retired and unemployed members $20 $135


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