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Chao Center Open House - April 29, 2005

The Chao Center for Industrial Pharmacy and Contract Manufacturing is still in the process of being validated by various regulatory agencies. However, the staff took time out today (Friday, April 29th) to show off this amazing facility. You can also read the University News Service article about the event.

Front yard of the Chao Center   Sign in front
Approaching the building   Joseph Hornett, senior vice president and treasurer of Purdue Research Foundation, and Ms. Chery Skibinski, executive assistant, PRF, enter the Chao Center for their tour.
Donna Goetz, Administrative Assistant to the Director of the Chao Center, leads a tour of the facility.   Employee dressing area
Dressing area supplies   Special bug lights are located throughout the facility to help ensure sanitary conditions.
The Sampling Room. Active Pharmacy Ingredients (API) will be sampled in this part of the facility.   The Zanasi machine, an integral part of the drug manufacturing process, donated to the Chao Center by Eli Lilly and Company.
The Prep Room   More Preparation
Where tablets begin   Tablet production
More tablet production   Actual tablets, freshly made. (NOTE: These were not actual pharmaceuticals of any kind and were used for demonstration purposes only. They were destroyed after the presentation.)
Ross Ribbon Blender   Area for future wet and dry processing
Security lock on door. The entire facility is tightly secured. Only select personnel have access to appropriate areas.   Warehouse area
Conference room with flat screen display, and cabinets for housing artifacts.   The Cake of the Day
Judi Yost, Secretary in Industrial and Physical Pharmacy, and her husband Walt, tour the facility.   Joe Stowell, QA Director & Associate Director of Education at the Chao Center, and Pat George, Director of Recruitment and Admissions Assessment in the School of Pharmacy inspect the facilities.
Jason Melnick, Associate Senior Pharmaceutical Chemist, of Eli Lilly, was closely involved in the gift of the Zanasi machine to the Chao Center. He comments "This is the fun part of the job, getting out of the office and seeing things in place."   Mr. Frank T. Flannelly of West Lafayette, and Dr. Garnet E. Peck, professor emeritus of industrial and physical pharmacy, take a break during their tour of the facility. Mr. Flannelly is retired from State Farm Insurance, the company which owned the building prior to its purchase by Purdue for the Chao Center. He was amazed at the considerable changes that have been made since that purchase.
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