Event: GMP students visit Boston Scientific
Friday, 19 October 2012
First year GMP students accompanied by Ann Toebes, went on a site visit to Boston Scientific, Model Farm Road, Cork on Friday 19th October. The aim of the visit was to see how Boston Scientific’s less invasive devices are manufactured in a GMP environment. Greeted by Mark Murphy, the group was brought to the conference room where Mark delivered a presentation on the background to the site and how it has developed and grown over the years. Another medical device manufacturer, Stryker, has purchased their neurovascular division recently and are currently building a new facility on site to manufacture these products into the future. We heard of an exciting new product, Alair, for treating severe asthma sufferers, which was approved by the FDA in 2010 and is expected to be the site’s big growth product over the next few years. During the talk, a number of Boston Scientific products were handed around, including the Rotablator, and the aneurysm coils. Mark also showed video clips of two Boston Scientific employees and their typical working day. The group was then brought on a walk through the facility. Rather than looking at any process in detail, the students were able to get an impression of the working environment, the type of manufacturing equipment and the gowning. 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.