Portable Raman Analysis for Novel Vaccines

Sponsored by: B&W Tek

Focused on:

  • Raman Spectroscopy
  • Raman Analysis
  • Biological Raw Materials

Date: 4 May


Time: 3PM London/10AM New York

Identification of Raw Materials and Active Ingredients

Over the years, companies have searched for and applied many different technologies for identification and analysis purposes, most of which require great technical knowledge, large amounts of consumables, or destroy the sample. Most traditional analytical technologies used in the pharmaceutical industry, while accurate, often require very specific skill sets and consume large amounts of sample as well as consumables.

In recent years, Raman technology has proven that it has the flexibility and accuracy required while being non-destructive. With portable and handheld Raman, devices are further simplified to make them easy to use for technical and non-technical users that can be deployed for either lab use or field and floor use. At a Sanofi Pasteur Canada site, portable Raman is used to conduct analysis for biological raw materials for novel recombinant adjuvant vaccines as well as for active components and excipients of novel viral vaccines during the formulation process.

This webinar will cover how Sanofi Pasteur utilizes portable Raman to fulfil their analysis needs, and how it has helped them in their processes and development of important vaccines. We will also cover how portable Raman can be used in the pharmaceutical industry in a variety of other applications and how different wavelength excitation may be more suitable for specific materials and applications.

Presented by

Dr. Marina Kirkitadze,

Deputy Director, Head of Biophysics and Conformation Unit, Analytical R&D Biochemistry

Marina Kirkitadze, Ph.D, MBA has fourteen year experience in Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccine division of Sanofi group. She holds Ph.D. in Biological Sciences (Biochemistry and Biophysics) at the Institute of Protein Research, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia, and MBA in Global Management – University of Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Marina is Head of Biophysics and Conformation Unit at Biochemistry Platform, Analytical R&D North America.
Marina's focus is in the field of analytical method development, method/technology transfer to characterize proteins, recombinant virus, split virus, live attenuated bacterium, protein–lipid vesicles, peptides, lipids, polysaccharides, aluminum-based, oil-in-water, and biopolymer adjuvants; addressing topics for Chemistry Manufacturing and Control (CMC). In recent years, her interest also extends on the analysis of raw materials, and particle sizing technologies. Marina is the author of 24 peer-reviewed manuscripts and reviews.

Dawn Yang,

Applications Manager

Dawn Yang is the Applications Manager at B&W Tek, where she is responsible for developing applications for portable and handheld Raman, LIBS, and NIR instrumentation. Dawn also is a pharmaceutical industry expert, implementing IQOQ training and services as well as ensuring compliance of B&W Tek instrumentation. Dawn received her M.S. in ceramic engineering and also has an MBA from the University of Delaware.

Key Learning Objectives

  • Raman differences from traditional analytical techniques.
  • Portable Raman advantages for pharmaceutical applications.
  • Using portable Raman for process development
  • Different Raman wavelengths for specific applications.


  • QA Managers
  • R&D
  • Product Managers