updated: 9/26/2007 9:17:55 AM
Bloomington-based BioConvergence LLC is marking two major milestones. The company says it has become the first life sciences company in Indiana to receive certification from Indiana's Safety & Health Achievement Recognition Program. BioConvergence has also completed the expansion of its Bloomington headquarters.
Source: Inside INdiana Business
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – September 25, 2007– BioConvergence LLC, an Indiana-based contract solutions provider to the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, announced two important milestones for its growing life sciences business today. It has received certification from Indiana’s Safety & Health Achievement Recognition Program (INSHARP), making it the first life sciences company in Indiana to receive such certification and completed a 21,000 SF expansion of its headquarters in Bloomington.
BioConvergence was recently approved for the Indiana Department of Labor’s INSHARP program, which recognizes small businesses that demonstrate exemplary occupational safety and health programs. In May of 2007, BioConvergence began working with INSafe, a division of the Indiana Department of Labor to achieve INSHARP certification, and received approval in July. An award was presented to BioConvergence on September 24th by Indiana Department of Labor Commissioner, Lori A. Torres.
“Both of these events are key milestones for our firm. We are grateful to receive certification from the INSHARP program for small Indiana businesses. Our employees are our most valuable assets and ensuring their health and safety is a top priority. This certification is recognition of their commitment and achievements in how we build our facilities and perform our work. Our physical expansion is the result of securing significant client contracts during our first year of business. These exceptional clients gave our small firm a chance to prove that we have the talent and experience to deliver the results we promise”, said Alisa K. Wright, CEO, BioConvergence.
INSHARP is similar to the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP), designed for larger companies with longer operating histories. INSHARP participants are recognized by IOSHA for their proactive approach to occupational safety and health and are granted exemption from programmed OSHA compliance inspections. “Small businesses like BioConvergence are fortunate to have such an accessible, much-needed resource as INSHARP. The INSafe consultants that we worked with helped us to efficiently enhance our existing EHS program into a model program,” said Alyson Norrick, EHS Coordinator, BioConvergence.
Also, BioConvergence has completed its first expansion of its Bloomington facility on time. The expansion increases capacity in areas already offered and adds new capacity to meet the needs of its global client base. Specifically, it includes ISO 8 compliant sampling and dispensing for active and inactive pharmaceutical ingredients as well as room temperature, refrigerated and frozen storage and related services. The expansion brings the total facility size to 71,000 SF. “We are very excited that we can now offer our client base new and improved services through use of these state of the art facilities. Our increased capacity will provide our clients with more options for supply chain and materials management at BioConvergence,” said John Brooks, Chief Operating Officer, BioConvergence.
About InSafe and INSHARP
For more information pertaining to INSafe and the administration of INSHARP, visit: www.in.gov/labor/insafe/
About BioConvergence LLC
BioConvergence is a trusted partner helping our clients develop, commercialize and improve their drug products by providing parenteral product development, cGMP supply chain and materials management (temperature controlled storage, logistics and distribution), and consulting services to the pharmaceutical industry. BioConvergence is a women-owned small business with over 200 years of pharmaceutical experience on staff and dedicated to providing customized outsourcing solutions for clients worldwide. BioConvergence is rapidly growing and its innovative business model, culture and talented staff are quickly making BioConvergence an employer of choice in Central Indiana.
Source: BioConvergence LLC