Drug Digest: Sterilization’s Horizon: Improving Automation, Single-Use Technologies, and Annex 1

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Pharmaceutical Technology editors interview aseptic and sterilization experts from Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Solutions and Cherwell—diving into sterilization, aseptic processing, and the revised EU GMP Annex 1 guidance.


In this exclusive Drug Digest video interview, Meg Rivers and Felicity Thomas, Pharmaceutical Technology editors, interview experts in sterilization and aseptic processing. Alex Van Hagen of Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Solutions discusses how to approach selecting sterilization methods, installation of aseptic machinery, how single-use technology factors into aseptic processing, and areas for improved automation. In a quick-fire interview, Hamish Hogg of Cherwell Laboratories talks about the eagerly anticipated publication of the revised EU GMP Annex 1 guidance, potentially problematic aspects of the revised guidance, and tips and tricks for companies to ensure compliance.

About the speakers

Dr. Alex Van Hagen is a molecular biologist by training and the current North UK life sciences sector specialist for Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Solutions. In this position, Alex provides experience-based consultation to the life sciences sector, taking each project from cradle to gate. Previously, Alex worked in academic research centered on producing sustainable microbial cell factories for the production of fossil-fuel-based chemicals using renewable carbon sources, and his work has been presented internationally. In addition, Alex has been a guest lecturer at bioscience continued professional development courses within the UK and sits on an industry expert liaison panel at the University of Lincoln.

Hamish Hogg has been the microbiology product specialist at Cherwell Laboratories since January 2019. He has a background as a biomedical scientist for the NHS in microbiology. Later, he expanded his career into medical devices companies, delivering technical support to end users and training to the internal and external corporate teams and customers.


This episode of Drug Digest is sponsored by:

  • Adare Pharma Solutions
  • Baxter BioPharma Solutions
  • Dyhydromatics
  • SGS Health Science
  • Veltek Associates

About Drug Digest

Drug Digest is a tech talk video series with the Pharmaceutical Technology editors, who interview industry experts to discuss the emerging opportunities, obstacles, and advances in the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industry for the research, development, formulation, analysis, upstream and downstream processing, manufacturing, supply chain, and packaging of drug products.

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