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GMP Weigh & Dispense Operations Personnel: “They’re Indispensable!”
Apr18

GMP Weigh & Dispense Operations Personnel: “They’re Indispensable!”

Weigh & dispense operations play a crucial part in pharmaceutical material handling and storage. Weigh & dispense is the process of removing precisely specified amounts of bulk raw material from their source container, and dispensing them into aliquots of specific quantities into other containers. Dispensed quantities are used to provide samples for R&D work, laboratory testing (for material identity, purity, and compendial test data), and material allotments for manufacturing and reference standards. The Weigh & Dispense Operational Environment Large-scale weigh and dispense operations have diverse operational requirements. The volume of requests for dispensed materials can fluctuate widely from day to day. Client schedules change constantly. The ability to dispense many different types of materials in diverse material forms (tablets, liquids, powder), amounts (milligrams to kilograms), and containers (small vials to drums) is essential. Weight tolerances of dispensed amounts vary and can be challenging to meet. A variety of equipment and techniques are used – different personal protective equipment (PPE), balances, utensils, isolators, glove boxes and bags, powder dispensers, peristaltic pumps and tubing, to name a few. Materials have diverse safe handling requirements. Constant, disciplined, and demanding techniques for cleaning and handling are required to prevent cross contamination. Materials being processed may be sensitive to static electricity, lighting, temperature, and humidity. The technical and capital investments required to provide these services with high efficiency and near-zero error rates are easy to appreciate. What may not be recognized, but may be just as critical to success, is the human side of the equation. The Human Element Engineering and IT support, facilities design, equipment, safety programs, proper PPE, standard operating procedures, and personnel training programs are all key in providing a foundation from which to accommodate the complexities of GMP weigh & dispense operations discussed above. But the human factor is vital in making all of these resources work together to provide a weigh & dispense service that can meet these demanding needs. Effective weigh & dispense personnel have specific expertise and well-honed technical skills across a wide range of instrumentation, documentation, material handling techniques, equipment, safety, and cross-contamination prevention procedures. There also are “soft” skills and attributes that are needed in a successful weigh and dispense operation:   Flexibility — Highly variable weigh and dispense operations require people who thrive in an operational environment that is constantly changing. Balance — Successful weigh and dispense specialists need the ability to carry out work procedures in roles that can be repetitive and tedious, requiring focus and great attention to detail. People who can perform well in highly variable and highly detailed functions are difficult to find. Communication — Weigh & dispense specialists are...

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Come to Begin 2 Biz, Business Mentoring Open Hours, at WestGate
Apr18

Come to Begin 2 Biz, Business Mentoring Open Hours, at WestGate

Are you a small business owner, an entrepreneur, or are you interested in learning more about starting your own business? Begin 2 Biz is the perfect event for you. Several regional organizations that help businesses develop have come together to provide free open hours to people just like you! Whether you don’t know where to start or you are a seasoned business professional, these regional groups know how to handle your questions no matter what stage of growth your business is in. Here is a list of the participating organizations that will be in attendance: Indiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC) Indiana Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Program IODD’s Technology Commercialization Program Radius Indiana NSWC Crane Division’s Small Business and Technology Transfer programs Bloomington Economic Development Corporation Ivy Tech’s Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship (Bloomington) Purdue University’s Technical Assistance Program (TAP) Purdue Foundry University of Southern Indiana’s Center for Applied Research WestGate Academy Conferencing & Training Center Begin to Biz will take place April 19th from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM at The Lock & Key in WestGate Academy. This event will occur every third Tuesday of the month. Begin 2 Biz is free and open to the public to attend. No appointments are necessary.  The Lock & Key is a collaborative coworking space that is currently accepting members. Located just outside of NSWC Crane, it is the perfect place to work, meet, start, or grow your business. WestGate Academy 13598 East WestGate Drive Odon, IN 47562 For more information, please contact Sarah Miller at...

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Bloomington Innovation Conference to highlight IU research with potential commercial applications
Mar31

Bloomington Innovation Conference to highlight IU research with potential commercial applications

Bloomington Innovation Conference to highlight IU research with potential commercial applications March 29, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Researchers from across all academic disciplines at Indiana University Bloomington will present information about projects that have potential commercial applications at the second annual Bloomington Innovation Conference on March 31.   The Johnson Center for Innovation and Translational Research organizes the event, which will take place 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. EDT in the Frangipani Room and Georgian Room, Indiana Memorial Union, Biddle Hotel and Conference Center, 900 E. Seventh St., Bloomington. Attendance is limited, and registration is required.   JCITR works with faculty and researchers throughout the IU Bloomington campus to identify discoveries that hold commercial potential and protect intellectual property. It also assists with grant applications, identifying industry partners, negotiating industry contracts, project-management support and increased use of core IU facilities by industry partners. Director Keith R. Davis believes researchers will benefit by attending the conference.   “Presenters will have the opportunity to receive valuable feedback on their work through discussions with attendees from both the Bloomington campus and regional industry partners,” Davis said. “We see this conference as a key activity of the JCITR and hope we can foster more industry-academic collaborations in Bloomington.”   Scheduled speakers include Michael Hiles, vice president for research and development and chief scientific officer, Cook Biotech Inc.; Maria J. Blanco, director, discovery chemistry research & technologies, Eli Lilly & Co.; Adam Zlotnick, professor, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry and co-founder, Assembly Biosciences; and IU innovators who received funding through the JCITR Translational Research Pilot Grant Program. Media Contacts Steve Martin Office 317-278-1505 stgmart@iu.edu...

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Translational Research Pilot Grant Program
Feb11

Translational Research Pilot Grant Program

To All IUB Faculty Members:   The Johnson Center for Innovation and Translational Research is pleased to announce the second year of Translational Research Pilot Grants. This pilot grant program has been established to fund the completion of proof of concept projects that support the development of research projects with industry partners, the establishment of new companies, or strengthen patent applications based on IUB discoveries.   Eligible Projects   All projects in any discipline directly related to moving IUB research or scholarly activities closer to commercialization are eligible. Projects must be based on discoveries that have been submitted to the IURTC in the form of an Invention Disclosure (http://iurtc.iu.edu/forms/index.shtml). Project proposals may be submitted by any IUB faculty member. Project budgets up to $25,000 will be considered and can be used to support research in the Principal Investigators laboratory, or for purchased services from IU core facilities or external vendors.   Proposal Reviews   Pilot Grant applications will be assessed for their scientific merit, the potential to significantly enhance the commercial development of the new discovery, and the potential for the creation of new intellectual property.   Application Due Date   April 1, 2016 Funding will be available June 1, 2016   Instructions for applying can be accessed on the JCEB website: http://jcitr.indiana.edu/opportunities.shtml   We are available to meet with you to discuss potential projects and assist with the filing of the Invention Disclosure. We encourage you to take advantage of this new funding opportunity!   Regards, Keith   Keith R. Davis, Ph.D. Director The Johnson Center for Innovation and Translational Research Simon Hall, Room 100A 212 S. Hawthorne Drive Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405 Office: 812-856-4805 Email: keirdavi@indiana.eduJCITR   For more information, see Pilot Grant Program...

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Biosciences Institute Adds Research Fellow
Jan28

Biosciences Institute Adds Research Fellow

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Biosciences Research Institute has named its first Indiana Research Fellow. Indiana University Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases Director Raghu Mirmira will also serve as the institute’s interim scientific director. Mirmira is also a professor of pediatric diseases, director of IU’s Herman B. Wells Center’s Pediatric Diabetes Research Group and director of the Medical Scientist Training Program for M.D. and Ph.D. students. He earned his bachelor’s, M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago. As part of his new role with IBRI, he will work with Chief Executive Officer David Broecker to recruit additional research scientists, set up research operations and begin project work. Broecker calls Mirmira a “unique and talented researcher with a track record of building nationally-recognized research centers.” The $360 million institute was launched in 2013, through a partnership among private sector companies, academic institutions and the state of Indiana. Funding has come from companies and organizations including Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE: LLY), Dow AgroSciences, Lilly Endowment Inc., Roche Diagnostics and Indiana University Health. The state has targeted the planned 60-acre 16 Tech innovation district as a permanent location for the institute. To read more on this, visit Inside Indiana Business or the Indiana Biosciences Research...

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Johnson Center for Innovation and Translational Research announces new name, expanded mission
Nov20

Johnson Center for Innovation and Translational Research announces new name, expanded mission

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — A monthslong effort to shift the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship in Biotechnology’s mission is complete, as it now boasts a new name, a broader base of campus constituents and an updated website. The organization is now known as the Johnson Center for Innovation and Translational Research, or JCITR. The new name was approved by the Indiana University Board of Trustees in October and recently made official by President Michael A. McRobbie, said Keith R. Davis, the center’s director. The move not only addressed a need to lessen confusion with its cross-campus counterpart, the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Kelley School of Business. It also reflects an expanded mission to serve all schools, departments and disciplines throughout the Bloomington campus, rather than only those ventures related to biotechnology or other fields within the College of Arts and Sciences. Yet JCITR’s core directive is unchanged. It aims to boost the participation of faculty, researchers and students in translational research and the commercialization of research discoveries by working with industry partners and creating new companies. “Our new name truly captures the core focus of our mission to enhance innovation across the Bloomington campus and will provide an identity for our unique position within IU’s research community,” Davis said. “We hope faculty will come to recognize JCITR as the place where they can get hands-on assistance with building a translational research program and commercializing their discoveries.” Vice Provost for Research Rick Van Kooten said the move reinforces IU’s commitment through its Bicentennial Strategic Plan to build a prosperous and innovative Indiana, in part by establishing a culture of “building and making” statewide. “I am truly excited that the expertise of the Johnson Center is now broadening to encompass the entire Bloomington campus,” Van Kooten said. “Innovation and translational research are key drivers of research excellence. The skills and services offered through JCITR are invaluable to IU researchers, particularly as we move forward with our Grand Challenges program and a new Emerging Areas of Research program.” Members of JCITR’s staff, or “discovery team,” work to make it easy and efficient for faculty to bring their ideas or inventions to market while continuing to focus on their core strengths in basic research. Such duties include: Working with faculty to identify current and new research that can attract commercial contracts or be translated into products that may lead to the launch of Spin Up companies or startup ventures; Collaborating with the IU Research and Technology Corp. and Office of Research Administration to help faculty submit grant applications; Identifying industry partners and negotiating industry contracts in concert with...

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