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SCIENTIST SPOTLIGHT: June 2019

Name: Devon Dodd
Alcami Site: Wilmington, NC

How long have you been with Alcami?
I've been part of the Alcami team since November 2017.

What is your role? 
Formulation Development Scientist - Parenterals

What is the most rewarding part of your job? 
I would say it's two-fold. First, delivering new drugs to patients to improve quality of life or to save lives just never gets old. We're not a big pharmaceutical company, but we touch so many lives– and that is both exciting and humbling. Second, we partner with clients as close-knit teams to deliver the best possible products we can. I really enjoy the journey with clients, from proof of concept to market delivery. 

Topics: Alcami Voices Parenteral Manufacturing

SCIENTIST SPOTLIGHT: May 2019

Name: Colleen Caffarelli
Alcami Site: Edison, NJ

How long have you been with Alcami?
I joined Alcami six years ago.

What is your role? 
I am a regulatory compliance specialist II. 

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
As part of my job, I host client audits. I love meeting with our clients and seeing how the work we perform impacts their company and ultimately the patients that rely on the medications produced. Client audits provide an opportunity to see different perspectives and facilitate continuous improvement.

Topics: Alcami Voices

SCIENTIST SPOTLIGHT: April 2019

Name: Bhadresh Nayee
Alcami Site: Edison, NJ

How long have you been with Alcami?
I have been with Alcami since 2007.

What is your role? 
I’m working as a microbiology analyst at our Edison, New Jersey site. My day-to-day activities involve antibiotic testing, container closure integrity testing, and isolating/creating cultures of bacteria to study the impact of these microorganisms in order to obtain information on types and levels of microbial contamination.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The most rewarding part of my job is our clients' satisfaction from my work.

Topics: Alcami Voices

SCIENTIST SPOTLIGHT: March 2019

Name: Czarina Carino
Alcami Site: Durham, NC

How long have you been with Alcami?
It will be my 11th year with Alcami in June.

What is your role? 
I am a scientist in the pharmaceutical development laboratory at our Durham, North Carolina site. I evaluate, develop, validate test methods, perform abuse deterrence studies, and train analysts in specialized analytical methods.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The most rewarding part of my job is completing and executing a test successfully– be it an evaluation, development, validation, or a special research project– because a successful execution entails a lot of things– company filing a new drug application (NDA) on time; a timely manufacture of a drug product; sharing experiences and knowledge; contributing to the site’s goals, and most of all, helping to ensure that a product delivered to the patient is safe, has integrity, and is of high quality.

Topics: Alcami Voices

SCIENTIST SPOTLIGHT: February 2019

Name: Bee Fread
Alcami Site: Durham, NC

How long have you been with Alcami?
I have been with Alcami since December 2015.

What is your role? 
I am a supervisor of the biotech team at Alcami’s Durham, North Carolina site.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The most rewarding part of my job is working with my team and collaborating with colleagues in other departments to overcome challenges and work together to meet client commitments.

Topics: Alcami Voices

Beyond the Bench: UNC Wilmington Classroom to cGMP Laboratories

Alcami and the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) have partnered on an academic program that connects education and work experiences for students pursuing scientific careers, especially in pharmaceutical sciences. This edition of the Beyond the Bench series will highlight the laboratory-based course taught at UNCW’s state-of-the-art marine biotechnology center (MARBIONC), “Current Good Pharmaceutical Quality Control Laboratory Practice,” focused on the application of Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) in a drug development and testing laboratory.

In 2016, leaders from Alcami and UNCW met to discuss potential opportunities to work together on biopharmaceutical projects. Many of Alcami’s Wilmington employees are UNCW graduates, and Alcami has a long history working with the university on employee education programs and pharmaceutical projects. Steve Fontana, JD, from UNCW’s Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization; UNCW Chancellor Dr. Jose V. Sartarelli, and Alcami President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Stephan Kutzer initiated conversations that resulted in the development of the present partnership.

Topics: Thought Leadership Alcami in Action Alcami Voices

SCIENTIST SPOTLIGHT: January 2019

Name: Marilyn Heidbrink
Alcami Site: St. Louis, MO

How long have you been with Alcami?
I joined the Alcami team in August 2016.

What is your role? 
My title is Technical Specialist. I interact with sales and clients to understand the scope of the client’s project in order to draft protocols and reports for client projects. I also execute the validation and transfer activities. Additionally, I assist project managers and analysts with their technical questions. 

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
It is very rewarding when we execute analytical validations and issue reports which are then used to launch new products. It’s so inspiring to see a project from its beginning with validation to clinical use in patients.

Topics: Alcami Voices

SCIENTIST SPOTLIGHT: December 2018

Name: Matthew Collmeyer
Alcami Site: St. Louis, MO

How long have you been with Alcami?
I have been with Alcami since March 2018.

What is your role? 
I am the Sr. Manager of the Chemistry Laboratory Operations at Alcami's St. Louis, MO site.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The most rewarding part of my job is working with the chemistry team to tackle testing challenges and to see their dedication to ensuring we are doing as much as we can for our clients. Developing personnel through coaching and training is especially rewarding as well.

Topics: Alcami Voices

SCIENTIST SPOTLIGHT: November 2018

Name: Jasmine Mace
Alcami Site: Germantown, WI

How long have you been with Alcami?
I have been with Alcami since March 2014.

What is your role? 
I am an Analytical Scientist II.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
It is very rewarding when I am presented with a difficult analytical method development and I find a way to deliver a solution to the client. Sometimes it takes some “thinking outside of the box” to arrive at a solution which satisfies the client’s needs for an analysis. The key for me is always asking the right questions:

  • Is this testing needed, or are there adequate tests being done to satisfy the quality attributes of the process/compound?
  • Are there any historical examples of how a similar problem was handled in the past?
  • Which techniques could potentially be used?
  • Did I think of what the test method could potentially affect downstream?
Topics: Alcami Voices

SCIENTIST SPOTLIGHT: October 2018

Name: Zach Dubey
Alcami Site: Germantown, WI

How long have you been with Alcami?
I have been with Alcami for two years.

What is your role? 
I am a Process Chemist in the Kilo Labs Manufacturing department, which manufactures APIs, normally generics, on a smaller scale (gram to kilogram scale).

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The most rewarding part of my job is training new personnel and collaborating with the Technical Services department on the Kilo Labs processes with which I have become intimately familiar. I also enjoy learning about these processes beyond the executional level (i.e. the sequence of steps in the batch record); understanding the underlying chemistry within these processes provides a greater respect for the chemistry and answers “the why question,” or why I am executing a step—or sequence of steps—a certain way. This has also been beneficial when writing complicated deviations that require a sophisticated understanding of these processes.

Topics: Alcami Voices