August 2014

Dual Chamber Syringes versus Vials: Is there a clear choice?

 The number of drugs supplied in lyophilized form has been growing at an increased rate over the past ten years, mirroring the increase in the number of complex biologics entering the market.  However, biologics present a challenge to both the manufacturer and the end-user. In liquid form they are often unstable due to their complex structure and composition. As such, they must be manufactured using the highly specialized process of lyophilization.

Dual-chamber technology can provide an effective alternative to the standard  drug delivery system by combining lyophilized drug and diluent in a closed system, and enabling reconstitution in a few simple steps. At the same time, this technology can help set a product apart from its competitors and play an important role in its lifecycle management strategy at initial launch, or add value to a brand once it is established in the market. Interested in learning more about the differences between dual-chamber syringes and vials, as well as the process of lyophilization? Check out the, BioProcess International's Online Educational Series webinar entitled: "Dual-Chamber Syringes vs. Vials" featuring Dr. David Brett, Product and Service Manager, and Joerg Zimmermann, Director Process Development and Implementation, both of Vetter.  To access the webinar, click here.

Nanotechnology Open House

Skokie’s Illinois Science + Technology Park (ISTP) is home to the NE3i, one of the most creative and innovative programs in the country to train professional technicians in the emerging field of nanotechnology. NE3i, short for the “Nanotechnology Education, Employment and Development Initiative”, is a partnership between IS+TP, the Village of Skokie, Oakton Community College (“OCC”) and NSERVE, a consortium of nine area high schools. One of NE3i’s top goals is to provide students with the necessary skills to pursue nanotechnology careers and employment in the ever growing nanotechnology space.  Towards this end, OCC has established a Nanotechnology Certificate Program, a two year course of study, geared for entry level nanotechnician positions.

Last week, the OCC Nanotechnology Certificate Program was featured at an open house held at the ISTP and led by OCC program faculty. Classes for the next term begin on August 25, 2014, and one last open house will be held at the IS+TP this coming Thursday, on August 21, 2014.  Here are just a few highlights gleaned from the open house:

  • By 2015, products incorporating nanotech will contribute approximately $1 trillion to the global economy. In 5 to 10 years, some expect the nanotech economy will expand to approximately $3 trillion per year.
  • Currently 400,000 people are employed in nanotechnology sectors. It is expected that by 2020, nanotech industries will need upward of six million trained employees.
  • Nanotechnology research extends to a variety of scientific fields and endeavors. Major advances have recently taken place in a wide range of fields,  including medicine (detecting and delivering drugs to cancerous tumors), solar energy (photovoltaics), ecology (water filtration), DNA fingerprinting, material sciences, food, and cosmetics.
  • A significant portion of the program is conducted at the IS+TP’s state of the art nanotechnology lab which includes an array of cutting edge equipment such as atomic force, scanning electron, and fluorescence microscopes. A tour of these facilities was part of the open house.  

Skokie’s Mayor, George Van Dusen, an ardent supporter of the NE3i from the very onset, also attended last week’s open house. The Mayor shared his view that “nanotechnology is a field that is going to explode.” Moreover, the mayor believes the community is well positioned to benefit from these coming changes. “We missed out on the computer revolution that was centered in Silicon Valley. What has me excited is we’re not going to miss out on the coming revolution in nanotechnology,” the Mayor exclaimed.

If you are interested in attending the upcoming Nanotechnology Open House on Thursday, August 21st, (6:00-7:30), register at Refreshments will be served.


Special thanks to Brad Rosen for this posting.  Brad is an attorney, writer, Skokie resident and a member of the Skokie Economic Development Commission. 


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