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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

SCIENTIST SPOTLIGHT: September 2018

Name: Steven Froelich
Alcami Site: Charleston, SC

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

What is your role? 
I am a Process Engineer on the Technical Services team. Our team supports technology transfer of new products into the manufacturing site. We collaborate with the formulation scientists in FDL, external clients, and the manufacturing team to develop robust manufacturing processes to on-board these new products. We support the drug product through all phases of clinical trials to process validation and commercial launch, monitoring the manufacturing process to ensure success. This support includes primary authorship of documents such as batch records, risk assessments, engineering protocols and reports, validation protocols reports, and development reports.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The most rewarding aspect of my job is having the opportunity to transfer and develop manufacturing processes for drugs that are new and innovative. A large portion of my work is supporting products that are destined for clinical trials and in all phases of development. Knowing that each successful transfer represents a group of patients that will have the opportunity to undergo a new treatment highlights the importance of the work we do here at Alcami. Being part of the team that can offer that opportunity to patients is very rewarding.

Topics: Alcami Voices

SCIENTIST SPOTLIGHT: August 2018

Name: Kourtney Mendieta
Alcami Site: Charleston, SC

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

What is your role? 
I am an Assistant Scientist I in the Microbiology laboratory. My team and I support sterile manufacturing operations and ensure sterility of our products. I also perform bioburden method suitability for new formulations to ensure our testing methods and materials are appropriate for the specific formulation. 

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
I find my career very rewarding because the work I perform everyday impacts someone's quality of life. I absolutely love being part of the Alcami team. The work we do is truly amazing, and I am so grateful I am able to be a part of it.  

Topics: Alcami Voices

SCIENTIST SPOTLIGHT: July 2018

Name: Frank Nijnens
Alcami Site: Weert, Netherlands

How long have you been with Alcami?
I joined the company in August 2006.

What is your role? 
Within my project team I fulfill the role of Analytical Project Leader. I am responsible for safeguarding the timely development and quality of the needed analytical package to support the development of process routes and to support pilot plant campaigns, appropriate for the cGMP status of the project.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The joy of my work is meeting and exceeding expectations and overcoming challenges by combining all expertise within our project team (analytical, solid state, and organic chemistry). Knowing the strengths of each individual helps in solving analytical challenges within a condensed period of time. The positive feedback from our clients is the best recognition you can get.

Topics: Alcami Voices

SCIENTIST SPOTLIGHT: June 2018

Name: Nadezjna Vaes
Alcami Site: Weert, Netherlands

How long have you been with Alcami?
The first of July I will celebrate one year of working with Alcami. After graduating from university, I immediately started working here.

What is your role? 
I am a part of the Quality Control Group, primarily focusing on ICP-MS analysis, in process controls and stability studies.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The most rewarding part of my job is feeling that my work makes a positive difference in other people’s lives. This job offers me the opportunity to learn at the cutting edge of current knowledge and to contribute to new discoveries.

Topics: Alcami Voices

SCIENTIST SPOTLIGHT: May 2018

Name: Jack James
Alcami Site: Wilmington, NC

How long have you been with Alcami?
I have been with the company for 21 years.

What is your role? 
I am a formulations scientist, primarily focused on oral solid dosage forms.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Potentially improving someone’s life through solving formulations problems that enable a drug to move from Alcami development labs to our integrated manufacturing suites.

Topics: Alcami Voices

Beyond the Bench: A Century of Experience

The second edition of the Beyond the Bench series features three of Alcami’s longest tenured employees. Meg, Karen, and Sally have worked at Alcami and its legacy companies over a century, collectively. These women share in common not only a long history with the company, but they are all also great at sharing their knowledge. Please meet Meg, Karen, and Sally. 

Alcami applauds your loyalty and dedication. You are all valued, expert contributors at your sites! Please introduce yourselves and paint a picture of your start with the company .

Topics: Thought Leadership Alcami Voices

SCIENTIST SPOTLIGHT: April 2018

Name: Michelle Shelton
Alcami Site: Wilmington, NC

How long have you been with Alcami?
I joined Alcami in September 2016.

What is your role? 
I am an Assistant Scientist II. My roles include performing Microbial Limit Tests (MLT), Antimicrobial Effectiveness Test (AET), and growth promotion testing, as well as helping with special studies when the need arises.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The people I work with are the most rewarding part of my job. We are dedicated to completing projects accurately and on-time and we support one another daily to make sure that happens.

Topics: Alcami Voices