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SCIENTIST SPOTLIGHT: October 2019

Name:Scott Reed

Alcami Site: Charleston, SC 

What is your role? 
I am a manufacturing technician with a focus on compounding and filling.

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

What is the most rewarding part of your job? 
The most rewarding parts of my job are taking a product from start to finish, and knowing that I had a direct part in improving the quality of life for others. 

Topics: Alcami Voices

SCIENTIST SPOTLIGHT: September 2019

Name: Arne Van Mol

Alcami Site: Weert, Netherlands

What is your role? 
I am a process engineer at the Alcami site in Weert, Netherlands. My role is to scale up manufacturing activities in accordance with environmental, health and safety (EH&S) and current good manufacturing practice (CGMP) requirements.

How long have you been with Alcami?
My first experience with Alcami was during my internship in 2017. I had the pleasure of supporting the scale up of an active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) starting from a 2L reactor (150 grams of API) to a 400L reactor (36 kilograms of API).

I rejoined the Alcami team in November 2018 as a full-time employee.

What is the most rewarding part of your job? 
Working closely with R&D chemists in order to solve scale up obstacles and technical issues, such as emulsified phase separations or poor conversions, is the most satisfying part of the job.

Topics: Alcami Voices

SCIENTIST SPOTLIGHT: August 2019

Name: Michiel Verspagen

Alcami Site: Weert, Netherlands

How long have you been with Alcami?
I have been working for Alcami for 16 years.

What is your role? 
I am an organic chemist in the process research & development laboratory at our Weert, Netherlands site. I develop, adapt, and analyze the chemical synthetic routes used to create new active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and make them suitable for large scale processing in our plant.

What is the most rewarding part of your job? 
Nothing compares to the sheer bliss of scientific discovery. Using new chemical techniques and innovative technologies to overcome the challenges of novel synthetic routes is particularly gratifying to me. The realization that these scientific innovations help bring our customers' drugs to market and might possibly affect the lives of millions of patients in the future makes them even more rewarding.

Topics: Alcami Voices

SCIENTIST SPOTLIGHT: July 2019

Name: Shakia Carlos-Barr
Alcami Site: Wilmington, NC

How long have you been with Alcami?
I joined Alcami in May 2018 as an intern, before transitioning to a full-time position in December 2018. 

What is your role? 
Assistant Scientist, Formulations Development-Parenterals

What is the most rewarding part of your job? 
The most rewarding part of my job is knowing that our work gives hope for a better life to patients and their loved ones. In addition, we gain valuable on-the-job knowledge and experience to make us better scientists. This, in turn, helps us develop more innovative solutions that will save lives and lead to higher quality of life for patients worldwide.

Topics: Alcami Voices

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