Dr Sven Deutschmann appointed Chairman of ECA´s Rapid Microbiological Working

The European Compliance Academy (ECA) announced today that it appointed Dr Sven Deutschmann as Chairman of its Working Group for Rapid Microbiological Methods (RMM). He follows Dr Bob Johnson who served as the second Chairman of the Group. We thank Bob for leading the group after the founding Chairman Mike Edington deceased in 2007.

Dr Deutschmann has already been member of the RMM Working Group since its foundation in June 2006. He studied biology at the University of Braunschweig where he obtained his PhD in cell culture technology. In 1995 he joined Boehringer Mannheim GmbH, now Roche Diagnostics GmbH, as Manager QC. He was responsible for the microbiological and cell biological analytics of QC- and In-Process-Control-samples in the production of biotechnological derived active pharmaceutical ingredients and for the environmental monitoring program in the production areas. Since 2001 he is Director of the Microbiology QC Department. Dr Deutschmann is member of the Microbiology Commission of the German Pharmacopoeia Commissions and specialist resp. member in several Working Parties of the Pharmacopoeia Commissions. "I'm honoured by the appointment and I will do my best to continue the successful work from Bob Johnson and Mike Edington," Dr Deutschmann said.

"As a founding Member of the RMM Group and well known expert in the field of rapid microbiological methods Sven will bring a wealth of practical experience to ECA", said Daniel Scheidegger, ECA Chairman and Vice President Operations and Managing Director of Genzyme Pharmaceuticals, Liestal, Switzerland. "We're very grateful that he accepted our invitation to lead the Working Group to support both authorities and industry in getting a better understanding of the requirements and thereby advancing the introduction of RMMs to the industry", he continued.

Wolfgang Heimes
On behalf of the European Compliance Academy (ECA)

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