SEF Presents: Safe Handling of Potent Compounds in Research Through Scale-up

Wednesday, May 21 2014
11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Location: MassBio, 300 Technology Square, 8th Floor, Cambridge, MA

Our speaker, Barry Ballinger, CIH and Manager of EHS at Biogen, will discuss the development of industrial hygiene programs for safe handling of potent compounds. His talk will include the facility design and commissioning of formulation development suites.  He will focus-in on worker safety when handling small molecule drugs.

Come join us to learn about:

  • Definition/description - small molecule drugs, APIs, Potent Compounds
  • Some history of how pharma, and more recently how biotech use these compounds
  • How they are handled safely
  • Biogen’s small molecule program today
    -          Challenges, pitfalls, successes in establishing the Biogen program
    -          Toxicity studies
    -          Occupational Exposure Banding System -  how it works
    -          Toxicity Committee oversight
    -          Managing the flow of information (SDS & contract manufacturing)

Lunch will be provided.


This Forum is presented by the Safety, Environmental & Facilities Operations Forum Working Group.


Speaker Bio:

Barry Ballinger, CIH and Manager of EHS at Biogen

Barry Ballinger is a certified industrial hygienist and an EHS, Manager at Biogen Idec with 20 years combined experience in the Pharmaceutical, Academic and Industrial settings.   Barry has spent much of his career developing Industrial hygiene programs with an emphasis in safe handling of potent compounds.  Barry has facilitated design and commissioning efforts along with containment challenge testing of pilot plants, formulation development suites and retrofit operations.  He is currently involved in the design and build out of a new small molecule formulation development suite at Biogen Idec.



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