Visit to Gilead Sciences
Published on: Sunday, 02 April 2017
Students from the Higher Certificate in Science in GMP & Technology and the Diploma in Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Operations accompanied by Ann Toebes, went on a site visit to Gilead Sciences, Carrigtohill on Friday March 31st. Having studied GMP and the unit operations involved in Oral Solid Dosage processes, the class was looking forward to seeing the process in real life. On arrival the group was welcomed by Bernard Maguire the Associate Director of Manufacturing and Niall ODriscoll, a production engineer. We were given an overview of the company, the products it manufactures and details of the manufacturing processes. Next stop was the changing room where everyone washed their hands, donned hair nets, beard nets, bunny suits, shoe covers and finally safety glasses and gloves. After another hand wash we were led into the manufacturing area where we brought us through each of the unit operations from dispensing, blending, granulation, fluidised bed drying, blending, compression and finally tablet coating. Tablets manufactured on site are sent to the Packaging Department on site or abroad to another Gilead packaging facility.
The cleanliness and the attention to detail to protect both the product and the employees were striking throughout the visit. Many thanks to Bernard and Niall for a very informative tour!