Cookies

Like most websites The Medicine Maker uses cookies. In order to deliver a personalized, responsive service and to improve the site, we remember and store information about how you use it. Learn more.
Manufacture Facilities

Podifying Cleanroom Processes

Containment is a key word in our industry and cleanrooms are an essential part of pharma manufacturing. As discussed in a previous issue of The Medicine Maker (1), the technology behind the modern day cleanroom dates back to the 1970s and there is doubt as to whether such static infrastructure is best suited for the needs of today’s industry, where flexibility is key. One of the main problems with traditional cleanrooms relates to scale up. Extending a cleanroom is a time-consuming and messy affair – and every time you scale up, you have to re-qualify the cleanroom infrastructure, which disrupts the manufacturing process. As soon as you start moving traditional gypsum walls, other problems can also become apparent. When speaking to peers in the industry, people have often said to me, “We opened up a cleanroom wall and found mold.” Contaminations like this are a hidden fact in the industry. Many cleanrooms are simply too outdated to fix – no matter how much money you throw at them. I don’t believe that cleanroom infrastructure should be a sunk cost. Many infrastructures are mothballed at the end of a product’s lifecycle because the investments would be too high to refurbish or modify the facility to meet the new processing criteria. This wouldn’t be a problem if we had autonomous, flexible cleanrooms that could either be repurposed for another application or transferred to another site – even another country.

Read the full article now

Log in or register to read this article in full and gain access to The Medicine Maker’s entire content archive. It’s FREE and always will be!

Login

Or register now - it’s free and always will be!

You will benefit from:

  • Unlimited access to ALL articles
  • News, interviews & opinions from leading industry experts
  • Receive print (and PDF) copies of The Medicine Maker magazine
Register

Or Login via Social Media

By clicking on any of the above social media links, you are agreeing to our Privacy Notice.

  1. S Sutton, “Keep it Clean”, The Medicine Maker, 21, 20–27 (2016). Available at: http://bit.ly/2fFcbhX.

About the Author

Maik Jornitz

Maik Jornitz is CEO and President, G-Con Manufacturing, Inc., College Station, Texas, USA.

Register to The Medicine Maker

Register to access our FREE online portfolio, request the magazine in print and manage your preferences.

You will benefit from:

  • Unlimited access to ALL articles
  • News, interviews & opinions from leading industry experts
  • Receive print (and PDF) copies of The Medicine Maker magazine

Register