Pharma Insight Briefings

Area of presentation – Analytical and Lab Services - Identification of Incoming Materials in Pharmaceutical Warehouses / reality check and raising hopes with new Raman see through technology

Speaker Name: Dr. Enrique Lozano Diz - Business Development

  1. What are the current global trends driving the pharmaceutical sector you are working in? How does your company respond to those trends?

Globally, the requirements for 100% inspection of incoming raw material for pharmaceutical companies is growing as the harmonization of pharmaceutical inspections moves forward with more countries joining PIC/S. With over 49 members across the globe, and more applying for membership, companies that operate or export to member countries are required to follow the quality practice of 100% raw material inspection. We provide tools which enable companies to meet these requirements without a large increase in labor and without introducing delays to material acceptance and therefore manufacturing.

2. What are the top challenges faced by the pharmaceutical sector you represent at this moment? How does your company deal with these challenges?

Pharmaceutical companies that we supply are faced with the challenge of being able to efficiently and reliably verify the identity of their incoming raw material to meet regulatory requirements. We provide solutions for them with our handheld and portable Raman instrumentation, which can measure a sample in plastic bags and other transparent and opaque packaging such as fiber sample bags. This allows for rapid material identification and verification that can be done in the warehouse and without the need to open packages, take samples, send for testing and wait for results.

3. What topic are you presenting at the Pharma Insight Briefings and why is this subject so important to the market at this time?

We are presenting our portable Raman instrumentation, including our latest innovation of see through technology. This facilitates the rapid, non-destructive identification of material not just though transparent packaging, but also through opaque packaging such as white polyethylene bottles and fiber sample bags. The i-Raman Pro ST expands the capabilities for companies to achieve 100% raw material identification without increasing laboratory work loads.

4. What can attendees to your session expect to gain and which challenges does this content address? Why should they include your presentation in their agenda?

We will present portable and handheld spectroscopic tools that can be used for rapid material testing in the warehouse. Our presentation will discuss the available technologies and the benefits that they bring, particularly the new see through Raman technology that can identify a sample in less than a minute without any need to open packaging and remove the sample.

5. How do you see your sector of the market evolving in the next 5 years?

Raman spectroscopy is a recognized methodology by the European, US and Chinese Pharmacopoeias. Its adoption continues to increase to meet the requirement of 100% raw material inspection as given in PIC/S and to generally assure product quality. Handheld and portable instrumentation is an invaluable tool providing identification and verification testing of raw material. The market will continue to grow to meet the demands of testing. With increased capabilities and the ease of use of such tools, companies are also moving to use them to verify product quality at different stages of their process and for final product inspection.