and take between operations, technicians, engineers, and both local
and corporate management.
INTERPHEX: What path brought
you to your area of expertise?
BASTONE: My path is both traditional and non-traditional. I started as
an application engineer and made
several contacts, called on those
contacts, which allowed me to find
out about open positions I could apply for. My journey has been non-traditional due to the varied roles I've
held, especially before getting into
INTERPHEX: What advice would you
give to a professional starting out
in the industry?
BASTONE: Ask a lot of questions.
You bring a different point of view, so
don't be shy in asking why something
is done. You may find that others will
step back and reevaluate why instead
of doing it the same exact way it’s
been done for 20 or 30 years.
INTERPHEX: Professional honors
BASTONE: Recognized as Engineering Leader Under 40 in 2015 by
INTERPHEX: Any volunteer activities that you enjoy? Why?
BASTONE: Vex IQ Robotics. My daughters participate, and it's wonderful to
see the creativity and teamwork that
goes into solving challenges.
INTERPHEX: What are you
looking forward to at this
BASTONE: I'm looking forward to all
the innovation that will be on display
and understand more about solutions
to problems I didn't even know existed.
JORNITZ: I am working for a highly
innovative company that designs and
produces prefabricated cleanroom infrastructures. These systems are game
changers of cleanroom design and
build that speed up the implementation and time-to-run for processes
and facilities. Unfortunately, our industry, including A&Es are extremely
conservative and hesitate to implement groundbreaking technologies.
Similar hesitancy was experienced
with single-use process technologies,
but now these technologies are a
standard within the industry.
INTERPHEX: What are you most passionate about professionally? What
most excites you about your work
and the contribution(s) you make?
JORNITZ: My focus is and always
has been the patient, as all of us in
the industry work for the patient.
New therapies that save patients
inspire me, especially when one is
challenged to create new process
and facility technologies.
JORNITZ: I received multiple
awards, including the Martin van
Trieste Pharmaceutical Science
award for scientific progress and
knowledge in filtration. Additionally,
I have been in the top 10 list of
industry influencers in 2017.
INTERPHEX: What are you
passionate about personally?
What do you enjoy?
JORNITZ: I am passionate about
my family, they are the center and
joy of my life, energize me and
always put a smile on my face.
INTERPHEX: Any volunteer
activities you enjoy? Why?
JORNITZ: I very much enjoy
training people. I firmly believe
that is the obligation of an
experienced person to pass
on the experiences, therefore
publishing and training is essential
SPEAKER: Joe Bastone
TITLE: Director of Product Marketing
YEARS OF EXPERIENCE: 18
SPEAKER: Maik Jornitz
YEARS OF EXPERIENCE: 31
INTERPHEX: Please tell us how
your career started.
BASTONE: I started by working at
a customer site for over six years,
learning how to work in a batch-fo-cused facility. I figured out how to
work independently, troubleshooting any issues that would occasionally arise. But I also had to work in a
larger team, understanding the give
INTERPHEX: What are you known
for professionally? What is your
area of expertise?
JORNITZ: I am known as a subject
matter expert in sterile filtration and
have written multiple papers, books
and book chapters on the topic, as
well as train industry and regulators
on a frequent basis.
INTERPHEX: What is the biggest
challenge you have faced in the