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Wednesday, June 27, 2012  |  Volume 4/Number 13  |  A Production of the BioProcessing Journal

Career Development
cGMP Biomanufacturing Operations
July 9-12, 2012
Assay Development and Validation for Biomolecules
July 24-25, 2012
Fermentation Engineering
July 24-26, 2012
All courses take place in: Raleigh, NC USA
Drug Product for
Biological Medicines:
Novel Delivery Systems, Challenging Formulations and Combination Products
Biotechnology & Bioprocessing Summer Training Program
July 18-20, 2012
Lowell, MA USA

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Suggested Reading
Analysis of the BPCIA: FDA Guidelines Concerning the Characterization
of Reference and Follow-On Macromolecules
(The Third of a Three-Part Series)
By Verne A. Luckow, PhD, JD, Polster Lieder Woodruff & Lucchesi, LC
To read the series in its entirety, view Part 1 and Part 2
White Paper: 7 Secrets for Crystallization Development
By Mettler-Toledo
Publisher's Commentary
I'm writing this commentary in anticipation or, more appropriately, dread of the Supreme Court’s rulings on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) that is expected on Thursday. And in this vein, our Techno-Blast features an article we highly recommend from Verne A. Luckow, PhD, JD. (See Suggested Reading above).

This is the third in a series of articles Dr. Luckow has written on statutes, regulations, and court cases affecting the intellectual property rights of life sciences institutions. Article III covers aspects of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) included in the PPACA that could be affected if the Supreme Court rules that specific provisions such as the individual insurance mandate, or the entire law, are unconstitutional. Read more...
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Products & Services
Cell Culture Simplified
Terumo BCT’s Quantum cell expansion system transforms open, labor-intensive manual tasks into a closed, automated, and reproducible process. At the core of this system is an advanced bioreactor with thousands of hollow fibers. Throughout each automated step of the culture process, from loading the cells through harvest, the functionally closed environment remains intact.

The system cultures cells with four primary phases:
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  2. Cells are loaded into the bioreactor with approximately
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  Career Development
Personalized Training Courses: Filtration and Integrity Testing
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Downstream Processing of Biotechnology Products
September 11-14, 2012
Microbial Fermentation: Development & Scale-Up
October 16-19, 2012
Cell-Based Vaccine Production:
A Hands-on Approach

November 13-16, 2012
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Logan, Utah USA
BEST QC Microbiology Training
Bioburden, Endotoxin,
Sterility Testing
July 17-19, 2012
Toronto, Canada
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A culture of
Madin-Darby Canine Kidney (MDCK) epithelial cells.

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