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In response to numerous requests, SCI Inc, through its Hot Topics Workshops, has expanded its course offerings through a series of collaborations with other industry professionals and organizations. One of those collaborations includes training on Biofilms. Dr. Wagner and Lucia Clontz, DHSc, Msc are the founders of the Biofilm Networking Group (BNG), based in Raleigh, NC and are available to teach your workforce on the importance of Biofilms in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing.

Our Mission

The mission of the Biofilm Networking Group (BNG) is to provide a forum for the exchange of knowledge, technology and information on control of biofilms in pharmaceuticals. In collaboration with the Center for Biofilm Engineering, at the Montana State University, our goal is to bring together pharmaceutical professionals with the objective of expanding their exposure to, and their understanding of the formation, control, benefits and harmful effects of microbial biofilms.

Why Should We Care About Biofilms?

It helps to remember that:

  • Biofouling can form almost anywhere water is present!
  • Biofilms are hard to prevent and remove.
  • Typical sanitizers and antimicrobials are up to 1000x less effective on biofilms than on planktonic cells.
  • Biofilms release toxins (endotoxins, exotoxins).
  • Biofilms cost companies millions of dollars annually in product contamination, production downtime, equipment damage, and remediation efforts.
  • Traditional methods for bioburden detection and qualification of sanitizers are not applicable!

Who Should Care About Biofilms?

Quality Assurance professionals, Engineers, Quality Control professionals, Cleaning validation experts, Product Development scientists and others in the pharmaceutical industry will benefit from participating in BNG activities.

Why the Biofilm Networking Group?

The management and control of biofilms remain two of the biggest challenges in the control of microbial contamination in pharmaceutical processing, and, at present, there is no effective treatment to truly prevent bacterial cell adhesion, disrupt the development of biofilms and eradicate the bacteria within. The Biofilm Networking Group (BNG) provides a forum for sharing knowledge, ideas, tools and solutions for the biofilm challenges and is working to increase awareness of the resources available to help industry professionals control microbial contamination and biofilm in pharmaceuticals.

BNG is a grass roots effort and its success will depend on the support received from the pharmaceutical community. From User to User - Sharing and Learning about biofilms. The networking group is supported by Strategic Compliance International, Inc, the Center for Biofilm Engineering (at Montana State University), and the Pharmaceutical Development Training Institute (at CUPSI™ at Campbell University).

Why Should You Join Us:

Your participation in BNG will offer opportunities for networking with other professionals who also have an interest in biofilms and who may have experience in the management and control of biofilm contamination of equipment and facilities. It is the best forum to share ideas and practical knowledge about biofilms.

Biofilms have a large and varied role in pharmaceutical processing, and occur whenever microorganisms adhere to a surface and secrete a protective layer of extrapolymeric substances (EPS). When the EPS secretions of various bacteria converge, they form a slime-like layer, providing a hospitable and protective environment for the bacteria to proliferate. These slime-like layers are often familiar bacteria, fungi, and other microbes organized into communities known as biofilms. Once a biofilm has been established, other bacteria and fungi may then further colonize the matrix, further complicating the control and removal of the biofilm.

Biofilms can form on water tanks, processing equipment, equipment connections, and other processing environments, often harboring extremely resistant microbes that can withstand typical antimicrobial treatments.

BNG Activities

From User to User!! That's our motto. BNG has planned a series of activities to provide opportunities for professionals to interact and enhance their learning about biofilms. From small meetings to discussion groups to medium size informative conferences, BNG intends to be the most effective forum for discussion of biofilm knowledge, tools and control solutions.

You can follow the Biofilm Networking Group discussions on https://www.linkedin.com

See our Contamination Control by Design (CCbD) Model.