QTS recently welcomed two new members to our Sterilization Services team, Molly Swanson and Briana Potocnik.
Molly joined our team in May as a Sterilization Specialist. She filled an existing role on the team, and provides lead technical support for the planning and execution of process qualifications and validations related to product sterilization and cleaning. Molly comes to QTS with a wealth of experience within the industry. Having spent the last three years as a microbiologist at Vascular Solutions, Molly was instrumental in completing multiple cleaning validations and collaborating with product teams to develop mechanical and biological medical devices. Molly will be a key support to the sterilization team in the areas of customer project engineering with validations, ongoing monitoring, and re-qualification activities.
Continuous growth and increasing demand from customers has led QTS to bolster our sterilization resources. Dawn Luehrs, QTS’ Director of Quality, stated, “To continue to build on the high level of technical knowledge and responsiveness to changing customer demand and regulatory requirements in the sterilization and cleaning field, we saw the need to expand our sterilization team by adding a support specialist role to assist our microbiologists. This addition will continue to build on an already strong sterilization team and allow us to continue to meet our customers’ high expectations.”
In March, Briana joined the QTS team in the new role of Sterilization Support Specialist. Briana works with our sterilization specialists on product sterilization, cleaning processes, interactions with labs, and maintenance of environmental monitoring programs. Prior to QTS, Briana worked for IEH Laboratories and oversaw quality control for all documents in the laboratory and analyzed samples using conventional and molecular techniques. Briana’s positive attitude and eagerness to learn has been a great addition to our sterilization team.
The QTS Sterilization Services team continues to be led by our Principal Sterilization Specialist, Sopheak Srun, with oversight from our Director of Quality. Sopheak has been with QTS for over ten years and is a certified Specialist Microbiologist in Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Microbiology through the National Registry of Certified Microbiologists. Sopheak is also an active member in a number of AAMI Sterilization Standards Committee working groups.
QTS is fortunate to have such a well-qualified sterilization team. We are confident that Molly and Briana will play key roles in supporting QTS as we continue to provide and implement high quality solutions for our customers.