West Employees Race to Support Children

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Runners – Mike Treadaway, Aaron Carrasco, Phylicia Zarnosky, Derek Roseman, Brian Meines, Mark Snyder, Erin Snyder, Kim Koning, Carson Koning, Ed Leon, Natalie Leon and Dave Morton
Van Drivers – Dan Trzybinski and Kurt Knoertzer
Team Manager – Tim Smith
Bike Support – Brandon Ellis
Catering Service – Chris Palmer

From August 5-6, 12 employees from West’s Grand Rapids facility participated in a 200 mile, overnight relay race. The Fred 200 Mile Relay spans the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail through Comstock Park and Cadillac, MI. This was the third year that our Grand Rapids, Michigan facility coordinated a team for the Relay.

The Fred 200 Mile Relay includes 36 “spurs” or legs, ranging from 2 to 9.5 miles per leg. The West team included runners, van drivers, bike support and a catering service.

Over the past three years, the team has raised over $18,000 for the Company’s employee-led fundraising campaign—West without Borders. This year the team’s fundraising efforts benefited the Children’s Healing Center in Grand Rapids, MI. The Children’s Healing Center is the first of its kind in the nation, and provides a safe, fun and healing environment, where kids living with weak immune systems and their families can connect with each other.

Congratulations team! To learn more about West without Borders visit our website.

 

Taylor

 

Taylor Pendergast
Global Communications Associate Specialist
Taylor.Pendergast@westpharma.com

 

 

 

Congratulations 2016 H.O. West Scholarship Winners

Scholarship Collage

West is pleased to congratulate the recipients of the 2016 H.O. West Foundation academic scholarships. This year the H.O. West scholarship program received 34 applications from among the many regions where West facilities are located and granted one scholarship for every four applications received.

“It is incredible to see such talented students from among our West family,” said Annette Favorite, Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer. “It is equally gratifying that the H. O. West Foundation can help them achieve their educational goals and career aspirations.”

The West scholarship program was established in 1972 to honor Herman O. West, the founder of West Pharmaceutical Services. Each year, the program offers the children of West’s full-time U.S. employees the opportunity to compete for a scholarship to a four-year college, two-year college or technical school. The scholarship is valued at up to $3,000 per year.

Winners were selected by West’s independent selection committee, which considered the student’s academic excellence, ACT/SAT scores, grade point average, class rank, honors and advanced placement courses, as well as an essay. All high school seniors of U.S. employees are encouraged to apply.

West commends the eight students that received the 2016 H.O. West Foundation scholarships and wishes them good luck in their educational endeavors:

  • Keri Bremigen: Williamsport, PA, Misericordia University
  • Galen Kardinal: Rockford, AZ, Coe College
  • Katherine Kornienko: Exton, PA, University of Delaware
  • Pallavi Kulkarni: Exton, PA, University of Delaware
  • Melissa Ling: Exton, PA, Penn State University Schreyer Honors College
  • William Ngo: Clearwater, FL, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Erin Snyder: Grand Rapids, MI, University of Michigan
  • Alexander Weck: Exton, PA, Duke University

 

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Madison Bohn

Exton Communications Team Intern

West Participates in First PDA Europe Annual Meeting–Berlin, Germany

This summer, West Pharmaceutical Services was delighted to exhibit at the 1st PDA Europe Annual Meeting. PDA organized this unique conference about the future of injectables to provide participants with a first-hand opportunity to gain deeper insight into current and future advances in modern sterile manufacturing and quality oversight. West also supported the NovaPure® 1-3 mL plunger launch during the meeting. Throughout the event, attendees were given the opportunity to engage with speakers, industry peers, regulators and exhibitors.Novapure

West was actively involved by leading the course, “Development and Manufacturing of Pre-filled Syringes,” which was offered during the training workshops. The course provided an overview about practical aspects and trends of developing and processing pre-sterilized primary packaging systems and also focused on hot topics such as aseptic environments, particulates, silicone and single-use filling. Additionally, participants could learn from parallel tracks focused on areas such as Test Methods for Pre-filled Syringes, Cleaning and Disinfection, How to find the Right GMP for API’s, and Root Cause Investigation.

At the show, West showcased a range of high value products and highlighted the 1-3 mL NovaPure Plunger—an innovative, high-quality component for pre-filled delivery systems, designed to reduce particulate, ensure consistency of delivery and fit the changing needs of higher-volume injectable drug delivery systems. Technical details of the 1-3 mL NovaPure plunger were summarized in a comprehensive poster that was displayed on site.

To learn more about meeting visit their website. More information about the NovaPure brand can be found on the West website.

 

 

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Sabine Duda-Schaefers
Communications Specialist
Sabine.Duda-Schaefers@westpharma.com

 

 

The people of West’s Tempe, AZ Rockford plant

The American Southwest is the home of the rare and world-renowned Saguaro cactus, and also West’s Tech Group Rockford campus in Tempe, Arizona, which is equally unique in its capabilities as a contract manufacturing facility that produces drug delivery systems that are used across the world.

In the final part of our West on the Road -Tempe series, we hear from The Tech Group employees about the importance of working together as a team.

Mike Moran, Director of Operations, says that building a team to create new precision drug-delivery system starts with experience. His teams have logged years working together in the industry with a management group invested in providing them with the tools, information and training they need to perform at the highest levels.

Engineering Manager, Victor Cisneros, speaks to the collaborative nature of The Tech Group teams, who work together across departments to get things done: meeting goals, making products and serving customers’ needs.

Not only is collaboration a part of the fabric of our Rockford facility, but also the pride each employee takes in their work. That drives a dedication to quality to the products they make in the facility – as well as personally knowing people in their lives who could possibly use the life-saving and enriching products they make on any given day.

The Tech Group attends MD&M Trade Show

On June 15, 2016, The Tech Group—West’s contract manufacturing division—attended Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) East in New York City. This annual event is especially insightful, as it offers access to six additional industry expos–EastPack, ATX (Automation Technology) East, Atlantic Design & Manufacturing, PLASTEC East, HBA Global, and Quality Expo. Show attendees discovered the latest innovations, new materials, and state-of-the-art manufacturing processes from among 900 suppliers.

The Tech Group has been participating at MD&M East for more than 20 years. “MD&M East Expo and conference is the largest and most comprehensive MedTech event on the East Coast,” said Shari Krusniak, Marketing Manager, The Tech Group. “It’s a great opportunity to connect with customers, suppliers, and industry professionals looking to collaborate on new projects.”

The Tech Group displayed their manufactured devices along with other product offerings manufactured for the pharmaceutical, medical and consumer industries. The booth was fully staffed with Tech Group representatives ready to answer attendees’ questions and provide additional product knowledge.

The show featured workshops, product demonstrations, roundtable discussions, conference sessions exploring the latest in mobile health, wearable technology, interconnectivity solutions, and featured the annual Medical Device Excellence award competition.

MD&M East has always been a successful show for The Tech Group and we look forward to returning in June 2017.  The Tech Group is focused on serving the needs of healthcare companies by providing a single-sourced solution from product conceptualization through manufacturing and final packaging.

Learn more about The Tech Group

Madison Bohn
Exton Communications Intern

Updated STERILIZABLEBAG™ Packaging System

In 2015, West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. (West) announced that two materials of construction of the West STERILIZABLEBAG™ packaging system will change:

  • DuPont announced improvements to the manufacturing of Tyvek® 1073B Medical Packaging Material (using latest flash-spinning technology).
  • West’s polyethylene supplier announced discontinuation of current product.

Developed in the mid-90’s, the STERILIZABLEBAG™ packaging system is pivotal for West’s Ready-to-Sterilize (RS) and Ready-to-Use (RU) components, including Daikyo components. It is manufactured by sealing two materials:

  • Tyvek 1073B packaging material – globally recognized for utility in sterile packaging because of its steam permeability and bacterial barrier properties.
  • Multi-layered polyethylene film – commonly used for medical/pharmaceutical packaging because of its chemical compatibility with parenteral packaging components and ability to maintain package integrity.

Through extensive testing, West validated all designs and processes, and demonstrated that the updated STERILIZABLEBAG™ packaging system, comprised of the updated Tyvek 1073B packaging material and an alternative polyethylene film, is functionally equivalent to the current system – ensuring that RS and RU components will continue to have the same quality and sterility assurance – in particular: bioburden, endotoxin, particulate specifications, and release criteria. Moreover, the updated system meets the following:

  • Sterility Assurance
    • Enables steam penetration to achieve the required Sterility Assurance Level (SAL).
    • Is compatible with steam at ≤ 123°C.
  • Package Integrity Assurance
    • Maintains package integrity following filling, sterilization (exposure phase set-point of 122.5°C ± 0.5°C for 60 minutes), and shipping (simulated transit/shipping conditions per ASTM D 4169-14, Standard Practice for Performance Testing of Shipping Containers and Systems).
    • Maintains package integrity throughout the component and package shelf life for RS products, and use-by-date for RU products.
    • Conforms to ISO 11607, Packaging for Terminally Sterilized Medical Devices, for all package integrity testing. Testing included visual assessment of bag seals (ASTM F 1886), leak detection using internal pressurization (ASTM F 2096), and dye testing (ASTM F 1929) (if required to confirm a suspected seal area during visual assessment or leak detection).
  • Package Usability
    • Maintains dimensions, specifications and physical characteristics comparable to the current system.
  • Chemical Compatibility
    • Maintains a chemical profile comparable to the current system.

West understands the criticality of the STERILIZABLEBAG™ packaging system to customers’ operations, and is committed to assisting the transition to the updated system by providing robust and comprehensive technical data packages that may minimize the need for additional testing. Technical data packages and supplemental documentation are available for:

  • RS and RU elastomeric components
  • RU Daikyo elastomeric components
  • NovaPure® components
  • RS and RU lined-seals
  • RS Flip-Off® seals
  • READY PACK® system and small pack offerings

For inquiries or documentation, please contact your West Account Manager or Technical Account Specialist.

Simon Cote

 

Simon Côté

Principal Engineer, Technical Customer Support                     Simon.Cote@westpharma.com

 

 

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William Knaup Nominated by the Philadelphia Business Journal for “Veterans of Influence” Award

Last night, The Philadelphia Business Journal honored 20 individuals from the Greater Philadelphia area with a “Veterans of Influence” award. West’s William Knaup, Engineering Technician, Exton, was among the recipients who were recognized for their ability to capitalize on their unique skills in order to transition from military to civilian life and further advance their careers.

Bill Knaup

Bill served as a Senior Airman in the United States Air Force for 6 years–three active and three inactive. He was honorably discharged in 1976. For the last 24 years, Bill has played an important role in West’s success. More specifically, Bill was instrumental in completing the packaging validation work necessary to make West’s SmartDose® technology platform ready for launch.

Bill and his team continue to support patients with high-quality products that address current and future healthcare challenges. He has shown the work ethic, determination, selflessness and teamwork exhibited by the many veterans employed by West, and continues to serve as an example to everyone with whom he works.

Bill is passionate about a wide array of national and local philanthropic endeavors. He is actively involved in the healthcare community through St. Jude’s Hospital. Bill is also an active member of the American Cancer Society, having participated and assisted in local “Walk for Life” and “Bark for Life” events for nearly 10 years. Bill also serves as Junior Vice Commander of American Legion Post 471 (Boyertown, Pa.), is a member of the post’s Color Guard and is a gunner in his town’s annual Memorial Day Parade.

Congratulations Bill and thank you for your service and contributions to West.

 

Taylor

 

Taylor Pendergast
Global Communications Associate Specialist
Taylor.Pendergast@westpharma.com