Webinar February 13th: Burkholderia cepacia Contamination of Pharmaceutical Products and Compliance with USP <60>

We are excited to present and sponsor an upcoming free webinar opportunity with American Pharmaceutical Review to explore Burkholderia cepacia complex (Bcc) contamination in pharmaceutical products, the new USP <60> on Bcc, and recent FDA recall data for objectionable microorganisms. Presenter, Luis Jimenez, will also discuss technology, the optimization of manufacturing, and QC of pharmaceutical drugs to provide proper process control and eliminate Bcc contamination risks. Also joining the webinar is Microbiologics’ resident Technical Support expert, Kali Sorum, who will share guidance for Bcc isolation, selective media, growth promotion, and suitability studies.

Register and Join us:
Date: Thursday, February 13th, 2020
Time: 12pm EST
Presenters: Dr. Luis Jimenez & Kali Sorum

Meet the Presenters:

Dr. LuisDr. Luis Jimenez
Associate Professor of Microbiology
Bergen Community College

Dr. Luis Jimenez is currently an Associate Professor of Microbiology at Bergen Community College in Paramus, New Jersey, where he teaches medical microbiology and environmental microbiology.  Dr. Jimenez operates a laboratory where students perform research and development of biotechnological applications for industrial, environmental, and medical problems.

Dr. Jimenez completed his Ph.D. in Environmental Microbiology at the University of Puerto Rico and performed his dissertation research under the supervision of Dr. Terry Hazen at the Savannah River Plant in South Carolina, under predoctoral fellowships in Bioengineering and Microbiology from the Department of Energy of the United States and the National Institutes of Health. Under the supervision of Dr. Gary Sayler, he completed Post-Doctoral studies in Environmental Biotechnology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Dr. Jimenez has 20 years of industrial experience in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.  He has developed or participated in the development of products for clinical and environmental applications.  His expertise in these areas is reflected by 67 publications, 12 book chapters, 1 book, 1 patent, and 143 presentations.

Kali-Sorum-150x150Kali Sorum
Technical Support Supervisor

Kali Sorum has been a part of the Technical Support Team at Microbiologics since 2012.  During her time in the role, she has provided technical support to Microbiologics’ customers internationally and domestically for our products used as Quality Control reference materials in various industries such as the Pharmaceutical, Food, Cosmetic and Clinical.  She addresses how they are used and implemented in Quality Control testing for multiple regulations including but not limited to the USP, BAM, CLSI, FDA, and others.

Other duties include investigation of product complaints, planning and executing laboratory investigations, assisting and developing training programs on the use of our products and specific test methods, as well as supervision of the Technical Support Team.  Kali has also been a part of the Internal Audit Team since 2014.  Auditing yearly to FDA Part 820, ISO 17025, ISO 13485 and ISO Guide 34 standards.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University in Biology and Pre-Pharmacy as well as a minor in Chemistry. She has been certified as a Registered Microbiologist in Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Microbiology (RM) through the National Registry of Certified Microbiologists (NCRCM) since June of 2016.



  1. Carla Alicia Moscoso Zevallos

    Consulta. Donde puedo registrarme como asistente. Gracias

    1. Microbiologics

      Hi Carla, glad you are interested in joining us! The Register and Join Us text is a link. For your convenience, please follow this link to register:


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