MG2 introduces its new Pharma Zone

10.11.2016

The Bolognese firm, specialized in the design and marketing of capsule fillers and end-of-line solutions, recently inaugurated inside its premises three “cleanrooms”: chambers whose features respect the severe standards applied by pharmaceutical companies.

The Bolognese firm, specialized in the design and marketing of capsule fillers and end-of-line solutions, recently inaugurated inside its premises three “cleanrooms”: chambers whose features respect the severe standards applied by pharmaceutical companies. First of all, these locations guarantee a safe working environment, and subsequently they can be used to increase the range of feasible tests.
        

Cleanrooms: what they are
The cleanroom, or white chamber, is an environment designated as a laboratory, whose main characteristic is the presence of extremely pure air, featuring a very low level of suspended dust micro-particles. It is a controlled atmosphere chamber (atmospheric pressure and particle pollution) dedicated to test products requiring a high isolation level. MG2 has always paid attention to process and technologies’ evolution, and it has recently inaugurated a new area called “Pharma Zone”, hosting three cleanrooms, where dosage trials and final tests with customers are carried out, using active products in real productive conditions. Moreover, the cleanrooms are an essential asset in the validation of pharmaceutical productive processes, a context where MG2 can further support the customer with its service of “technical batches” production: batches which are manufactured prior to full scale cGMP batches, used to fine-tune processes before committing to full scale manufacture. Pharmaceutical companies often entrust contract manufacturers to carry out such technical batches. Thanks to the installation of its cleanrooms, MG2 has expanded the range of services offered to its customers, supporting them from the design phase of the productive process up to testing phases right before the product marketing.
    
The making of a cleanroom
The initial input aimed at increasing the safety of employees, both those working in contact with the products to be tested and those working in neighbouring areas, decreasing the possibility of contact with potentially unhealthy particles. This was necessary because MG2 carries out tests by using different drugs (or placebos) in very fine powders, which could cause complications such as allergies. During preliminary designing phases, it was understood that the presence of cleanrooms inside the company could be an important opportunity to support the relation with the customer: in fact, by increasing the range of products which can be directly tested inside MG2’s premises, it is possible to work on eventual critical points prior to machine’s installation, thus leading to time and cost saving, for both MG2 and the customer. Started in the summer 2015, the design of the Pharma Zone was entrusted to an engineering company with a worldwide experience, starting from a close cooperation with customers, who supplied MG2 with important indications about the necessary features of these environments. The new MG2’s cleanrooms have been operative since the beginning of September 2016, thus increasing the area dedicated to tests and trials, bringing to six the number of total rooms dedicated to these activities.

MG2 PHARMA ZONE: how it is made
The rooms are completely autonomous; everything was arranged in order to avoid “cross contamination” between one environment and another, including aisles and changing rooms, which have been conceived in order to guarantee controlled access, with different levels of authorization to move from an area to another, as well as expedients to avoid mistakes; in fact operators must undertake a special training before entering the cleanrooms, and they are also compelled to follow specific protocols. As a further security guarantee, each environment features constant air recirculation and it is also equipped with pre-filters and HEPA H14 filters suitable to hold particles of very reduced diameter. MG2 cleanrooms are designed to guarantee 20 cycles of total air recycle per hour. Moreover, it is possible to change parameters such as temperature and humidity, which are essential during product tests, for each room individually. For example, the percentage of air humidity can be adjusted in a range from 20% up to 65%. This has considerably influenced the environment design; for instance, metal laminates suitable to resist to thermal stress were chosen to build the wall partitions. Finally, each room is equipped with computer workstations, wash stations and weight control systems, in order to guarantee the maximum autonomy and complete tool sets for each working environment.