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2011 Holiday Party-New Services

We celebrated together on December 16, 2011 enjoying a great meal and especially our talented performers. We have posted pictures and videos on our Facebook and YouTube pages. You are invited to look at them.

As the year comes to the end we have much to be grateful for. We continue to grow and expand our services to now include sterilization of medical instruments and trays including training. There is a great need to support central services and Gibraltar is perfectly suited to meet this need with six large steam sterilizers and professional disinfectant/washer. We also provide training and certification in decontamination.

We also help manufacturers validate that their single use instruments or trays meet FDA guidelines such as: ANSI/AAMI ST79:201 & A1:2010 Comprehensive guide to steam sterilization and sterility assurance in health care facilities, ANSI/AAMI ST81:2004/®2010 – Sterilization of medical devices – information to be provided by the manufacturer for the processing of resterilizable medical devices, AAMI TIR12:2010 – Designing, testing, and labeling reusable medical devices for reprocessing in health care facilities: A guide for medical device manufactures, ANSI/AAMI ST77:2006 – Containment devices for reusable medical device sterilization, AAMI TIR30:2011 – A compendium of processes, materials, test methods, and acceptance criteria for cleaning reusable medical devices, EN 868-8:2009 – Packaging materials for terminally sterilized medical devices Part 8: Re-usable sterilization containers for steam sterilizers conforming to EN 285 – Requirements and test methods. European Committee for Standardization, Brussels, Belgium.

Instruments and trays must not only be sterile but also must be dry as demonstrated under worst case conditions. Related to this we perform cleaning validations utilizing artificial soil and worst case conditions. This work is critical to support the the instructions for use. Our service includes both professional protocol and final report preparation.

As we enter our 42 year all of us  at GBL again wish to say thanks to all of you that have helped make us so successful for so many years! We are excited to continue to support your critical needs in the excellent and extraordinary manner that we are known for. We wish you all a very happy and healthy Holiday Season!

 

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New Publication Achievements

Dear Gibraltar Friend,

For many years we have set out to share knowledge through publication. All of our publications are listed on our website, https://www.gibraltarlabsinc.com/pubslist.html. Soon we will add two more to the list! “Common antiviral agents, structure, mechanism and spectrum of activity” will appear in CONTRACT PHARMA in the November/December 2010 issue.

The purpose of the paper is to review the status of antiviral drug development in the pharmaceutical industry. We present a compilation of current antiviral agents, a summary of major virus targets and a discussion of structure activity relationships.

In March of 2011 we expect our manuscript on “Relationship of subtype Influenza A pandemic strains to virucidal activity of a quaternary ammonium disinfectant” to appear in the Proceedings of Options VII. This is a follow up to our recent poster session presented at Options VII for the Control of Influenza Conference in Hong Kong, China, 3-7 September 2010. I will have more to share about that in the new year.

We are also proud of many of our early publications as some of them have become landmark papers for our industry. For example, “D-Values of Bacillus Pumilus Spores on Irradiated Devices (Inoculated Product)” Herbert N. Prince, Applied & Environmental Microbiology: p.392-393: February 1978 and “Bioburden Dynamics: The Viability of Microorganisms on Devices Before and After Sterilization” Herbert N Prince, Joseph R. Rubino, Medical Device & Diagnostic Industry, July 1984 are among the first published usages of the term “bioburden”.

We also like to read and one of my favorite new books is entitled, “Germs, Genes & Civilization: How Epidemics Shaped Who We Are Today” by David P. Clark. [You can find many of my favorite books at my LinkedIn profile]. http://www.linkedin.com/profile/edit?id=33408824&trk=hb_tab_pro_top. Clark shared this perspective about today’s human lifespan.

“…we live mostly long enough to worry about heart disease and cancer. But for most societies throughout history, most people met their end from infections caused by microorganisms of some kind.”

Thus, we are fortunate that through the work of our predecessors and the current work of respective companies that we have made great progress on many infectious diseases. However, now that we are living longer we must not compromise our bodies by neglecting exercise, not sleeping 7 to 8 hours per night and not having a healthy diet.

Sincerely yours,

Daniel Prince, Ph.D.

President

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Gibraltar Laboratories Inc. Wins ACIL SEAL OF EXCELLENCE HONORS

Award Certificates10-11-2010

I am proud to let you know that your laboratory has been publicly recognized as an excellent laboratory. Today Gibraltar was awarded two awards by the ACIL for the period 2010-2011.

1. SPECIAL RECOGNITION-TOP FIFTH TIMELINESS

2. SEAL OF EXCELLENCE – “For Demonstrated Ethics, Customer Service and Quality”

To win these prestigious awards Gibraltar competed against about 37 laboratories. By winning, Gibraltar demonstrated proof of annual ethics training and an early detection system for questionable analytical practices, submitted a signed code of ethics and distributed satisfaction surveys to our customers. Gibraltar scored very highly. Its customers rated Gibraltar a near perfect 3.83 out of 4.0 on Quality, Service, Expertise and Value!

I want to thank the Gibraltar team for achieving this great accomplishment!
Also, I thank all of our loyal customers that have helped us sustain and grow this laboratory for 40 years. This year we celebrated out 40th year of being in business. These awards are a hopeful sign that even more success is likely in the years ahead!

Lastly, if you are not yet a GBL customer why not become one now!

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