In an effort to develop a future talent base for Pharmaceutical and related industries Xellia, partnered with Cleveland State University, has hosted an Instructional Series during both the Fall 2018 and Fall 2019 semesters related to Good Design Practices for cGMP Pharmaceutical Facilities. Joe Yurko, Associate Project Lead, is a Cleveland State University graduate and sits on the Industrial Advisory Committee in the Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Department. Joe worked closely with the student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) at the university to coordinate this event for the third year in a row. Joe, John Mylar a chemical engineering graduate from Oklahoma State University along with Daniel Heinrich, John Juchnowski, Kruttika Patel, Noura Awad, and Amani Dakdouk, who were recent chemical engineering graduates from CSU, are presenting the series of lectures.
The lecture series covers various important topics for cGMP facilities including an overview of the pharmaceutical industry and cGMPs; legacy facility master planning; architectural designs; utility systems; high purity water systems; commissioning, qualification, and validations; process engineering; automation; sterile manufacturing; biotechnology facilties; codes and standards, containment technology; occupational health and safety; sustainability; QA/QC laboratories; and packaging and warehousing. Both midterm and final exams are given in a group participation environment on “Three Letter Acronyms.” Students must complete 8 out of the 12 hour sessions to receive the Xellia Certificate of completion. For the Fall 2019 session, thirty students are taking advantage of the Xellia presentations. An awards ceremony will be held on December 5th, 2019 at Cleveland State.
Xellia Awards Ceremony at Cleveland State University, Washkewicz College of Engineering
Xellia Representatives: John Juchnowski, Daniel Heinrich, John Mylar, Sandra Torres, and Rafael Rios-Delgado (Left to Right)
Room WH-403: Xellia Team set up for award ceremony. Daniel Heinrich (Left standing), John Mylar (Center seated), John Juchnowski (Righ seated), Rafael Rios-Delgado (Right standing), Nandini Padaraju (Right standing).
John Juchnowski (Xellia Certificate Coordinator & AIChE Young Professionals Chair)Nandini Padaraju (President of Student Chapter of AIChE), Introductions
Dr. Joanne Belovich, Chair Chemical & Biomedical Engineering Dept.; Joe Yurko, Sandra Torres, Rafael Rios-Delgado (L-R Standing)
John Juchnowski (seated, from back)
Chemical Engineering Senior: Nandini Padaraju (President of Student Chapter of AIChE) receiving her full 12 hour certificate.
Chemical Engineering Senior: Ruth Kurak (Vice President of Student Chapter of AIChE) receiving her certificate.