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2012 Facility of the Year Awards (FOYA) Winners Announced PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Danielle Hould   
Tuesday, 24 January 2012 14:46

2012 Facility of the Year Awards (FOYA) Winners Announced

(TAMPA, FLORIDA USA, 24 January 2012) – The Facility of the Year Awards Judging Panel has named five Category Award Winners and selected one project for Special Recognition in the 2012 Facility of the Year Awards (FOYA) program. The winning projects for 2012 are located in Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, and the USA. The winning companies and respective award categories are:

  • Chiesi Farmaceutici S.p.A., winner of the Facility of the Year Award for Sustainability for its Chiesi Farmaceutici Research and Development Centre facility in Parma, Italy
  • Eisai Pharmatechnology & Manufacturing Pvt. Ltd., winner of the Facility of the Year Award for Project Execution for its Eisai Knowledge Centre facility in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh India
  • Merck & Co., Inc., winner of the Facility of the Year Award for Facility Integration for its Merck Vaccine Bulk Manufacturing Facility (VBF) Program of Projects in Durham, North Carolina USA
  • Rentschler Biotechnologie GmbH, winner of the Facility of the Year Award for Equipment Innovation for its REX III manufacturing facility in Laupheim, Germany
  • Roche Diagnostics GmbH, winner of the Facility of the Year Award for Operational Excellence for its TP Expand project in Penzberg, Germany
  • National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT), winner of the Facility of the Year Award Special Recognition for Novel Collaboration for its New Greenfield facility in Dublin, Ireland

The FOYA program is the pharmaceutical industry’s premier awards program dedicated to celebrating innovation and accomplishments in facility design, construction, and operation. The Facility of the Year Awards program recognizes state-of-the-art pharmaceutical manufacturing projects that utilize new and innovative technologies to enhance the delivery of a quality project, as well as reduce the cost of producing high-quality medicines. Now entering its ninth year, the awards program effectively spotlights the accomplishments, shared commitment, and dedication of individuals in companies worldwide to innovate and advance pharmaceutical manufacturing technology for the benefit of patients worldwide. The Facility of the Year Awards program is sponsored by ISPE, INTERPHEX, and Pharmaceutical Processing magazine.

“Our 2012 Category Winners reflect the true spirit of the Facility of the Year Awards program,” said Judging Panel Chairperson and upcoming “Lessons from 483s” conference keynote speaker Chaz Calitri. “The winning projects exemplify innovation in pharmaceutical manufacturing for the benefit of patients all over the world, who depend upon us for medications that are high quality, available and affordable. Our winners come from 5 different countries and include novel, low cost biologics facilities, creative and visionary industry-academia-government collaborations, and hyper-fast track investments made to ensure vaccine’s get to patients in need. We are also proud this year to recognize facilities that seek to speed up drug development as well as facilities that greatly reduce the environmental “footprint” of manufacturing in the communities in which they reside”

The Facility of the Year Awards program is truly global, as submissions over the past eight years have been received from more than 25 different countries and territories. Each of the submissions was reviewed by an independent, blue-ribbon judging panel consisting of global senior-level executives from all aspects of the industry. The judging panel met personally in December to select the Category Awards Winners and select the 2012 overall winner, which will be announced to the world for the first time at ISPE’s Annual Meeting in November.

2012 Facility of the Year Events
There will be several opportunities to learn first-hand about the facilities being honored as “best in their class.” These opportunities include:

  • INTERPHEX2012 – Attendees will be able to meet the Category Award Winners at the Facility of the Year Awards Display Area near the front of the exhibit hall of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, New York, USA. Team members from winning companies will be on-hand to discuss the success stories associated with these pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities. More information, including registration information, can be found at www.interphex.com.
  • ISPE 2012 Annual Meeting – Category Winners will give presentations about their winning projects during ISPE’s 2012 Annual Meeting, 11-14 November in San Francisco, California USA. The highly anticipated announcement of the 2012 Facility of the Year Awards Overall Winner will also take place during the Keynote Session of this event. Information and updates on this global event can be found at www.ISPE.org.
  • Feature Articles – Comprehensive coverage will appear in Pharmaceutical Processing magazine and ISPE’s Pharmaceutical Engineering magazine.

Comprehensive details about each of this year’s award-winning projects and their support teams, plus additional information on the awards program itself, can be found at www.FacilityoftheYear.org.

About ISPE
ISPE, the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering, is a not-for-profit Society of 22,000 pharmaceutical professionals in 90 countries who use expert knowledge to create high-quality, cost-effective GMP solutions. ISPE is “Connecting a World of Pharmaceutical Knowledge” by providing Members with opportunities to develop their technical knowledge, exchange practical experience within their community, enhance their professional skills, and collaborate with global regulatory agencies and industry leaders. Founded in 1980, ISPE offers online learning opportunities for a global audience and has its worldwide headquarters in Tampa, Florida, USA; its European office in Brussels, Belgium; an Asia Pacific office in Singapore; and its newest office in Shanghai, China. Visit www.ISPE.org for additional Society news and information.

About INTERPHEX
Now in its 33rd year, INTERPHEX is the largest gathering for FDA regulated drug and drug delivery products for technical professionals in development & manufacturing for pharmaceutical, biologic, generic, contract manufacturing and supporting services. ISPE is the exclusive official association sponsor of this industry-leading annual event. Scheduled for May 1-3, 2012 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City, NY, USA, the event hosts more than 650 suppliers on the show floor along with an expanded conference program, featuring a high-profile roster of subject matter experts. For information, visit www.INTERPHEX.com/ISPE.

About Pharmaceutical Processing
Pharmaceutical Processing magazine is the pharmaceutical industry's leading information provider, reporting on a full range of innovative new products, equipment, technology and trends for 28,000 engineers and managers responsible for the development, manufacture, validation and packaging of pharmaceuticals. An official sponsor of INTERPHEX, Pharmaceutical Processing distributes critical information to these professionals in a timely manner through a full range of print, electronic and online media. For information, visit www.pharmpro.com.

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6 Must Have Firefox Tools for 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jane & Winston   
Tuesday, 24 January 2012 14:43

Happy new year, dear readers! Hope you had a great holiday and that you're starting the year off right. We have some exciting things planned for 2012 and we're looking forward to sharing them all with you. For starters, we have some tools to make it easier for you to keep your resolutions; we have a great new version of Firefox to tell you about, especially if you have an Android tablet.

Most importantly, we'd like to say thank you to everyone who has helped keep the Web open and innovative. Whether you made a donation to Mozilla in 2011 or made your voice heard against SOPA & PIPA, you've helped keep the Web a public resource for opportunity and a place where everyone can benefit.

Jane & Winston
Editors

6 Tools For Resolution Success

When the clock strikes 12:01 on January 1st, we all have grand notions of the resolutions we'd like to make for the year. Of course, making them is the easy part; it's keeping them that's the real trick. Well, we made our own resolution this year: to keep putting you - and users everywhere - first. So we made a list of the most common resolutions people make and came up with some ways to help you stay on track for success.

Things to Start:

Saving Money
Stopping for takeout four times a week can be pricey. If you'd rather opt for home-cooked meals, Grocery List Generator will make sure you don't forget to pick up that crucial ingredient.

Traveling
You've talked about going on a trip so often that it almost feels like you've already done it. Get yourself on the road (for real) with TravelScout's convenient deals and price comparisons.

Learning a New Language (kinda)
Maybe you don't have time to learn an entire new language this year, but this is almost as good! Use Im Translator to translate foreign language websites and emails into your language.

Things to Stop:

Overeating
Kick your holiday gorging habit with the Calorie Count Toolbar, which logs your caloric intake throughout the day.

Stressing Out
We know you're busy, but taking a few minutes every hour to stretch and look at something other than a computer screen will do wonders for your stress levels (not to mention your joints). Try out StretchClock for useful reminders!

Smoking
Ready to put down those cigarettes for good? Try using Quitomzilla for incentives right in your browser.

And if your plans fall through despite all of this awesome motivation, don't worry, we're not here to judge. Cheer yourself up with a new Persona!

 
Connect Iowa Joins Forces With Iowa Association of Regional Councils to Improve High-Speed Internet Access, Adoption, & Use Across the State PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jessica Ditto   
Monday, 23 January 2012 13:18

Local Leaders Seek to Enlist Community Participation in Achieving Broadband Expansion

Des Moines, IA – Today, Connect Iowa and the Iowa Association of Regional Councils (IARC) announced a new partnership to launch a statewide “Connected” community engagement program aimed at increasing broadband access, adoption, and use. High-speed Internet is the key to attracting quality jobs, improving education, putting people in touch with government services, and building an all-around better quality of life. In collaboration with Connect Iowa, members of the Iowa Association of Regional Councils are taking charge of expanding broadband’s reach in their communities.

Last week, staff of regional Council of Governments (COGs) from all over the state took an intensive weeklong Connect Iowa training and began forming teams of local leaders who want to help create the plan for broadband expansion in their community. These leaders arrived back home this week with a critical new mission: revive their communities through broadband expansion.

“Getting all of Iowa connected to quality broadband is vital to the economic development of our state. Iowa's Councils of Governments, in conjunction with IARC, will be the driving force in getting the Connect Iowa initiative up and running in each of their regions,” says Iowa Association of Regional Councils Executive Director Nichole Warren. “They’ll be reaching out to their community leaders and asking them to join the local planning teams.”

Last week, Connect Iowa announced the formation of a new broadband advisory committee that will help guide and oversee this new initiative.

“We are thrilled to be joining forces with IARC to begin working in the local communities,” says Connect Iowa Program Manager Amy Kuhlers. “Change happens at the local level and by drawing in our relationships with the providers and local leaders and combining that with the intelligence we’ve gathered through our maps and research, we can identify solutions that best fit the community.”

Connected is a community-based initiative to accelerate broadband access, adoption, and use. The certification process benefits communities through a process of assessment, benchmarking, and planning by helping participants identify their community’s technological strengths and challenges and helping community partners match up with local opportunities.

“Connect Iowa’s Connected community program is an amazing opportunity for towns and regions across the state to assess their broadband needs and find real solutions,” says Kuhlers. “The aim is to put the tools in the hands of the community, help them do a detailed assessment of what the true local needs are, and then construct an informed plan to get the community connected in the most efficient way possible. It could be updating a school’s network or getting access to an unserved community, but the best part is that each plan will be custom-tailored to each region’s own specific needs and landscape.”

Anyone with an interest in bringing better broadband to local homes and businesses is encouraged to join in the community planning effort. For more information on how to get involved, please contact Kuhlers at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 515-421-2561.

Local COG leaders are listed below.

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About Connect Iowa: Connect Iowa is a subsidiary of Connected Nation and operates as a nonprofit in the state of Iowa to promote broadband access, adoption, and use. The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) is leading the initiative to increase broadband Internet access throughout rural Iowa. Connect Iowa was commissioned by the state to work with all broadband providers in Iowa to create detailed maps of broadband coverage and develop a statewide plan for the deployment and adoption of broadband. For more information visit: http://www.connectiowa.org.

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Contact

Address

Phone

Email

Counties

Area 15 Regional Planning Commission

Matt Bauman

P. O. Box 1110

Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

 

(641) 684-6551

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Davis, Keokuk, Jefferson, Mahaska, Van Buren, Wappello

 

Bi-State Regional Commission

Doug DeLille

1504 Third Avenue
P.O. Box 3368

Rock Island, Illinois 61204-3368

(309) 793-6300

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Muscatine, Scott

East Central Intergovernmental Association

 

Kelsey McElroy Anderson

7600 Commerce Park

Dubuque, Iowa 52002

(563) 556-4166

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Cedar, Clinton

Delaware, Dubuque

Jackson

East Central Iowa Council of Governments

Tracy DeKoter & Hilary Copeland

700 16th Street NE, Suite 301

Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402

 

(319) 365-9941

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Benton, Iowa, Johnson, Jones

Linn, Washington

Iowa Northland Regional Council of Governments

Kyle Durant

229 E. Park Avenue

Waterloo, Iowa 50703

 

(319) 235-0311

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Black Hawk, Bremer

Buchanan, Butler

Chickasaw, Grundy

Metropolitan Area Planning Agency

Clint Sloss

2222 Cuming Street
Omaha, NE 68102

(402) 444-6866

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Mills, Pottawattamie

MIDAS Council of Governments

Carissa Miller

602 First Avenue South

Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501

(515) 576-7183

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Calhoun, Hamilton

Humboldt, Pocahontas, Webster

Wright, Boone

North Iowa Area Council of Governments

Dan Schroeder & Dana Heimbuch

525 Sixth St. S.W.

Mason City, Iowa 50401

 

(641) 423-0491

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Cerro Gordo, Floyd

Franklin, Hancock

Kossuth, Mitchell

Winnebago, Worth

Northwest Iowa Planning and Development Commission

 

Aaron Sedey

217 W. Fifth Street,
P. O. Box 1493

Spencer, Iowa 51301

 

(712) 262-7225

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Buena Vista, Clay

Dickinson, Emmet

Lyon, O’Brien

Osceola, Palo Alto

Sioux

 

Region 6 Planning Commission

 

Donna Sampson

 

903 E. Main Street

Marshalltown, Iowa 50158

 

 

(641) 752-0717


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Hardin, Marshall

Poweshiek, Tama

 

Region XII Council of Governments

Stacy Lentsch

1009 East Anthony Street
P.O. Box 768

Carroll, Iowa 51401

 

(712) 792-9914

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Audubon, Carroll

Crawford, Greene

Guthrie, Sac

Dallas

Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission

Justin Bushong

211 N. Gear Avenue, Suite 100
West Burlington, IA 52655

(319) 753- 5107

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Des Moines, Henry

Lee County, Louisa

Southern Iowa Council of Governments

Andrew Collings

101 East Montgomery Street

Creston, Iowa 50801-0102

 

(641) 782-8491

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Adair, Adams, Clarke

Decatur, Madison

Ringgold , Taylor

Union

Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan

Planning Council

Andrea Westergard

1122 Pierce Street
P.O. Box 1077

Sioux City, Iowa 51102

 

(712) 279-6286

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Cherokee, Ida

Plymouth, Woodbury

Southwest Iowa Planning Council

John McCurdy

1501 S.W. Seventh Street

Atlantic, Iowa 50022

(712) 243-4196

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Cass, Fremont

Harrison, Montgomery, Page

Shelby

Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission

Casey Mai

325 Washington St., Suite A

Decorah, Iowa 52101

 

(563) 382-6171

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Allamakee , Clayton

Fayette, Howard

Winneshiek

IARC

Nichole Warren

1123 Sandalwood Ct. SW

Altoona, IA 50009

(515)554-3210

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Polk, Jasper, Story, Warren, Marion, Lucas, Appanoose, Monroe & Wayne

 
Blackout: Internet Users Aren't the Only Ones Who Depend on Technology PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Laurie Johns   
Monday, 23 January 2012 13:14

My 14-year-old daughter is a quiet, serious soul who isn’t prone to hysterics or drama, so you can imagine my reaction when I heard a shriek and a ‘slam’ come from her room this week.  Was it a mouse? A rabid raccoon in the backyard? No, the Internet had ‘crashed’ right as she was trying to access information while writing an English paper.

Teenagers, lawmakers and otherwise-sane-adults sounded a collective ‘gasp’ when more than 10,000 websites shut down in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act bill.   Millions of signatures and petitions were gathered in a single day because Americans wanted Congress to get this point: we need technology.

Well, here’s my point: we also need to embrace technology in farming.  It seems farming is the only industry that people want to remain unchanged from the 60’s, 70’s or 80’s.  Maybe that’s because the last time many Americans were on a farm, it was before the Internet.  Back then, weeds from soybean fields were removed by roving bands of hoe-swinging, sweaty teenagers.   Back then, corn was put in the fields with six row planters (if you’re lucky) and it took three days to harvest a 100-acre field and all that work would bring a farmer less than $2 per bushel.  Yields were a fraction of what they are today.   There weren’t a lot of choices in production; farming was labor intensive and fewer farm kids went on to college because that’s just the way things were.

Today, tractors are bigger, yields are bigger, and corn prices are twice what they were in the 80’s.  That’s not all that’s gaining ground in rural Iowa today; college education levels, which once hovered around 10 percent in the 1980’s, are now over 30 percent.  There are more choices in food production; you want organic?  Iowa farmers grow it.  You want conventional?  Iowa farmers grow it.  What you want depends on what you are able and willing to pay.

Clearly, technology in farming has brought more choices to you and me. I, for one, am glad for those choices, and the progress that made them possible.  It’s food for thought; as you wheel your cart down the grocery aisle, armed with your iPhone-enabled QR-code price scanners, there’s no going back.  And, for that matter, who would want to?

 
Connect Iowa, Iowa Economic Development Authority Launch New Advisory Committee on Broadband PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jessica Ditto   
Friday, 13 January 2012 14:11

New advisory committee kicks off intensive community broadband expansion program

Des Moines, IA – This week, Connect Iowa and the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) convened the first broadband advisory committee meeting, kicking off a new community engagement effort to expand broadband access, adoption, and use across the state. Community leaders from around Iowa are now joining forces to oversee the expansion of high-speed Internet to every corner of the state. Connect Iowa’s new broadband advisory committee includes elected officials, public service agency representatives, providers, educators, librarians, and business people. Their common goal is to support and guide the Connect Iowa initiative.

During the meeting broadband stakeholders discussed the history of broadband expansion in the state, and the plan for bringing broader access to Iowa communities in the coming year. The meeting was a great success and set the groundwork for how diverse broadband stakeholders can work together to further progress across the state in 2012.

“The inauguration of our broadband advisory committee marks an important step for Connect Iowa and signals our commitment to closing the digital gap that persists in our communities,” says Connect Iowa Program Manager Amy Kuhlers. “We are excited to be bolstered by the support of key stakeholders representing all areas of economic interest. Connect Iowa, with the support of the advisory committee, is undertaking the important work of building grassroots regional planning to grow and expand technology use in communities across the state.”

The closing of the digital adoption gap in Iowa will have a significant impact on the way citizens learn, work, and live their daily lives. According to Connect Iowa’s latest broadband availability research from the 2011 Iowa residential and business surveys:

  • 37% of Iowa households still do not subscribe to broadband at home
  • 45% of Iowans living in rural areas do not subscribe to broadband service at home
  • 23,000 Iowa businesses are still not using broadband despite the fact that Iowa businesses that use broadband make an average of $259,000 more in annual revenue than businesses without

“The first meeting of the advisory council was really interesting because there were so many people representing different pieces of the broadband puzzle around the table,” said committee member and Iowa State Librarian Mary Wegner. “I am excited that we will be working together to improve broadband adoption in Iowa, improve the speed, and get more Iowans using broadband. The most important part, and the part where libraries really come into the picture, is to help Iowans really understand the limitless opportunities and what they can do when they have access to high-speed Internet.”

Connect Iowa, in collaboration with the Iowa Economic Development Authority, is working with broadband providers and other public and private partners to speed up the expansion of broadband in unserved and underserved areas. The organization is pinpointing remaining gaps in Iowa’s broadband availability and supporting the development of a statewide plan for the deployment and adoption of technology that promises economic development and better quality of life for Iowa residents.

The committee’s first meeting kicked off a week of intensive training for a new grassroots program that Connect Iowa will be unveiling next week. The committee expects to meet quarterly with the next meeting planned for April.

If you have suggestions regarding how technology can be improved to better serve your community, Connect Iowa wants to hear from you. To submit comments, ideas, or gain access to the initiative’s many online tools and resources, please visit www.connectiowa.org or contact Amy Kuhlers at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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About Connect Iowa: Connect Iowa is a subsidiary of Connected Nation and operates as a nonprofit in the state of Iowa to promote broadband access, adoption, and use. The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) is leading the initiative to increase broadband Internet access throughout rural Iowa. Connect Iowa was commissioned by the state to work with all broadband providers in Iowa to create detailed maps of broadband coverage and develop a statewide plan for the deployment and adoption of broadband. For more information visit: www.connectiowa.org.

 
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