Author Archives: S. Anne Montgomery

From the Editor

I am writing this shortly after BPI’s publisher Brian Caine and I conducted some interviews at an east-coast supplier company. Our experience there reinforced our rationale — from the start of this publication — for continually seeking ways to build on the collegial, collaborative nature of relationships in our industry. I’ve been covering this industry as an editor since 1989; Brian, Cheryl Scott, and Maribel Rios have been involved since the mid-1990s — so we have seen technologies come and…

From the Editor – March 2015

In this month’s lineup, you’ll find a common theme of balancing operating costs against company cultures and corporate philosophies. This is far from new: You can’t responsibly run a business without making such calculations! But the value in taking a fresh look at them lies in how we are forced to dust off and reassess some assumptions (even prejudices). It is easy (and all too human) to persist with outmoded assumptions — and we cannot afford to do that given…

From the Editor

In this month’s lineup, you’ll find a common theme of balancing operating costs against company cultures and corporate philosophies. This is far from new: You can’t responsibly run a business without making such calculations! But the value in taking a fresh look at them lies in how we are forced to dust off and reassess some assumptions (even prejudices). It is easy (and all too human) to persist with outmoded assumptions — and we cannot afford to do that given…

The 2014 BPI Awards: Recognizing Excellence in Bioprocessing

The mission of the BioProcess International publication has always been to deliver valuable industry information to the biotechnology community to continue on the path of scientific advancements, revolutionary technological applications, and strategic partnerships and collaborations. We are honored to cover this market and work with the many talented people sharing their expertise and projects. Now is the time for us to recognize and honor the outstanding people, organizations, and technologies that have significantly influenced and advanced the efficiency of biotherapeutic…

From the Editor

This special issue has come about through a long collaborative process with our contacts at Sartorius Stedim Biotech in Göttingen, Germany. It is the third such sponsored issue that BPI has published over the years with the company and the first one that we have produced in-house. We could not be happier with the results. The aim here is to highlight technologies and responses to key industry challenges rather than focus over much on Sartorius itself. But the company’s long-standing…

Designing Single-Use Solutions for the Future: A Conversation with Christel Fenge

Recently, BPI publisher Brian Caine and editor in chief Anne Montgomery had the opportunity to talk with Christel Fenge, Sartorius Stedim’s VP of marketing for fermentation technologies, in the Göttingen, Germany, Sartorius facility. They began by talking about fermentation technology, a topic that led them to touch upon a number of key issues in the biopharmaceutical industry. Fermentation Technology Caine: Because this special issue focuses on fermentation technology, let’s begin by talking about some recent technological improvements and what impact…

Total Solutions Support the Growth of a Dynamic Industry: A Conversation with Reinhard Vogt and Stefan Schlack

While attending a conference at Sartorius Stedim Biotech in Göttingen, Germany, BPI publisher Brian Caine and editor in chief Anne Montgomery spoke with Reinhard Vogt (executive vice president of marketing sales and services, and member of the administrative board) and Stefan Schlack (senior vice president, marketing and product management). They discussed Sartorius’s forward-thinking business strategies, its position as a total solution provider, and how the company’s strategic goals mesh with its assessment of current industry directions. Single-Use As an Enabling…

BPI Theater at the 2014 BIO Convention

When we launched the BioProcess Theater series at the Biotechnology Industry Organization’s International Convention in 2007, we hoped that our special programming would fill a need within that event’s exhibit hall. We wanted to bring into the hall the type of technical presentations that are not generally part of the main event’s more executive-level, business-focused programming.It has therefore been especially gratifying to see our attendance growing every year — such that standing-room-only is becoming more the rule than the exception.…

In the Information Technology Zone

Successfully driving your global business requires vigorous, secure information exchange within your facility, from site-to-site, and with your partners and contract service providers. Tools to capture data in real time support decision making and enable companies to manage volumes of historical data needed for regulatory submissions. Software is available for data mining, managing clinical trial networks, and assessing toxicology data (among many other things). Information technologies in the biotechnology industry facilitate development and delivery of new therapies and diagnostics, improvements…