Catalent Expert to Present On Practical Considerations for Bioassays
Somerset, NJ – September 26, 2011 — Michael Merges, Director of Biopharmaceutical Support Services at Catalent Pharma Solutions, will present “Cells: Practical Considerations for Bioassays” at the Biopharmaceutical Emerging Best Practices Association’s (BEBPA) 4th Annual Bioassay Meeting on September 29th at 9:00 am in Nice, France.
Cell-based assays can be precise and easy to perform. However, well characterized cells and cell culture methods are critical to assay success. Mr. Merges’ presentation will describe the options and steps required for obtaining reproducible cell-based assay results. A case study will address documentation, training, equipment, supplies, and reagent issues.
The BEBPA bioassay conference is designed by practicing scientists to tackle topics to help develop, validate and maintain a bioassay. For more information on this event, please visit www.bebpa.org .
Currently, Michael Merges is Director of Catalent’s Biopharmaceutical Support Services, focusing on the transfer, development, validation, and performance of bioassays, immunoassays, microbiological assays, and viral clearance assays. Mr. Merges has experience with many techniques, including cell-based (primary cells and cell lines) bioassays, immunological/neutralization assays, ELISA, and Flow Cytometry. He recently joined Catalent from Lonza where he was Associate Director of Lonza’s Bioservices. Prior to that he was at the University of Maryland’s Institute of Human Virology where he served as the Institute’s Research Supervisor. He has also conducted viral immunology research at the National Cancer Institute and Johns Hopkins University. He obtained his Bachelors Degree in Microbiology from The Pennsylvania State University and his Masters Degree in Microbiology/Virology from Hood College.
From drug and biologic development services to delivery technologies to supply solutions, Catalent Pharma Solutions has the deepest expertise, the broadest offerings and the most unique technologies in the industry. With over 75 years of experience, Catalent helps customers get more molecules to market faster, enhance product performance, and provide superior, reliable manufacturing and packaging solutions. Catalent employs more than 8,200 people at 24 facilities worldwide and in fiscal year 2010 generated more than $1.7 billion in annual revenue. Catalent is headquartered in Somerset, NJ.