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GMP students visit Alcon

GMP students visit Alcon

Published on: Monday, 28 November 2011

First and second year GMP students accompanied by Ann Toebes, went on a site visit to Alcon Laboratories, Model Farm Road, Cork on Wednesday 23rd November.  The aim of the visit was to see how intraocular lenses are manufactured in a GMP environment.  Greeted by Gabrielle Sheehan, the group was brought to the board room where Tom Moriarty, the QA Manager, delivered a presentation on the background to the site and how it has developed and grown over the years.  In the last decade, the company has grown to become the leading manufacturer of intraocular lenses in the world.  During the talk, each person was handed a kit to demonstrate the stages of the manufacturing process.   The group was divided in two and brought on a tour of the facilities initially being met by the General Manager, Jim Baden.  Progressing through the manufacturing process, the groups were met in turn by each of the area managers.   On return to the board room the students got an opportunity to meet Paddy Buckley, a graduate of the Higher Certificate in GMP (2011), who explained how he started work in Alcon, giving an account of his experience to date.
Overall, a very positive visit with plenty opportunity for the students to ask questions and to see the work environment of a leading local medical device manufacturer.