Advantar Labs Enhances Quality Leadership

Published: Jan 17, 2012

SAN DIEGO - Advantar Labs, a contract laboratory provider of GLP & cGMP Analytical and Formulation Development Services to Pharmaceutical, Biotech and Medical Device companies, is pleased to announce that Michael Hagan has been promoted to Director of Quality Assurance.

"Mike has an exceptional acumen of implementing, optimizing and maintaining Quality systems for small and large companies alike” said Dr. Rich Kenley, CEO.

"Under his leadership, our Quality program will undoubtedly continue improving in efficiency to support our strong growth trend in contract services for pre-clinical, clinical and commercial products.” Kenley added "Our success has been largely driven by two simple factors: our commitment to find the best path forward so customers get the work done right the first time, and executing on that plan with reliable quality. Our notebooks, reports and data really speak for themselves.”

Hagan will oversee the planning, expansion and management of Advantar's Quality operations encompassing training and compliance systems for lab procedures, study protocols and instrumentation maintenance and audits. Hagan brings over 25 years of analytical development, formulation, stability and quality management expertise to the Advantar team.

"Advantar started out with a clear focus on Quality based on decades of management team experience across both the pharmaceutical and contract research markets. They developed and implemented the best business practices a contract laboratory could have, allowing for very efficient and scalable operations compared to much larger competitors” said Hagan.

Michael Hagan was previously Director of Quality Control and Stability at Catalent Pharma Solutions from 2002-2010 and Project Director at Magellan (acquired by Catalent) 1999-2002. Prior to that Hagan held senior scientist roles with Analytical Chemistry and Manufacturing for Beckman Coulter/Hybritech from 1999 to 1986. Hagan has a B.Sc. in Microbiology from U.C. San Diego.

About Advantar Labs

Advantar, based in San Diego, CA is a contract testing laboratory and small-scale clinical packaging company specializing in Routine/Compendial Analysis, Methods Development/Validation/Remediation, Pre-formulation/Formulation Development, Clinical Trial Supplies & Kitting and ICH Stability Studies for small and large molecule programs including generics and biosimilars, proprietary drugs, biocompatibles and medical devices ranging in phase from Pre-clincal through to Commercial.

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