NIBRT chooses SP fill-finish system for advanced training

The institute delivers hands-on training using an environment designed to replicate an advanced industrial bioprocessing facility

SP Scientific Products has announced a collaboration with the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT) in Dublin, Ireland, to install a modular multi-container filling line and isolation system to enhance training offerings in aseptic biopharmaceutical fill-finish operations. NIBRT will use the SP i-Dositecno robotic filling and stoppering system for pre-sterilised vials, syringes, and cartridges in a nested format, as well as a vial capper, for its global centre for training and research in bioprocessing. The system is planned to be installed by Spring 2022.

. The institute therefore required modernised sterile fill-finish equipment for aseptic filling training.

“We are proud to be recognised and selected by such a respected institute to contribute to the superior training that NIBRT offers in its realistic GMP simulated, operational manufacturing environment,” said Brian Larkin, President & CEO, SP Industries. “Our SP i-Dositecno aseptic filling line reflects the very latest industry standards for automated filling and checking of containers in nested tubs, fulfilling NIBRT’s need to train on the most advanced manufacturing equipment.”

The i-Dositecno’s aseptic fill-finish system is modular and flexible, SP says. The NIBRT installation will include an integrated particle counter monitoring system for environmental monitoring and automated container rejection capability. An ESCO isolator on the filling unit and an open restricted access barrier system for debagging/de-lidding, de-nesting and capping stations will be used in lieu of an isolator. This will provide the barrier to the operation and simulate cleanroom conditions as closely as possible.

Using the system’s automation requires fewer personnel to handle the process, reducing the risk of human error.

“We are looking forward to developing a new and optimized fill-finish training curriculum involving our SP i-Dositecno equipment, which will bolster and enhance the training experience we currently offer. Thanks to SP’s technologically advanced filling solution and isolator technology, NIBRT’s training offering will be more reflective of processes used by our valued clients,” said Aoife Barron, Training Team Lead and Fill-Finish SME, NIBRT.

“As well as securing the best equipment for aseptic manufacturing, SP’s ability to understand our requirements, provide technical expertise in responding to our inquiries, and to rapidly quote, build and install a modular fill-finish solution was also a major factor in our purchasing decision. The system can also be reconfigured easily to grow with our needs, and we plan to add the capping station at a later stage.”

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