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Disinfection of Viruses

Raymond Nims

RMC Pharmaceutical Solutions, Inc.

Raymond Nims is a subject matter expert to the pharmaceutical industry in the areas of viral inactivation, viral safety, animal-derived materials risk assessment, and facility engineering controls. He has published over 200 articles and chapters (H-index 35) and is a member of the International Society for BioProcess Technology.


Virus Irradiation Heat High Pressure Inactivation Carrier Studies Suspension Studies Aerosol Studies Indoor Air Hard Surfaces Porous Surfaces Fabrics

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The disinfection of enveloped and non-enveloped viruses on hard and porous surfaces, liquid suspensions, and indoor air or aerosols is to be addressed. Articles will be solicited from experts in the field. The book is envisioned as a compilation of previously unpublished empirical data on viral disinfection methods and their efficacy. Review articles discussing existing data will also be entertained, as well as articles pertaining to mechanisms of viral inactivation or to comparisons between efficacy for different virus families.

While the data are expected to be obtained primarily from in vitro studies, in vivo data will also be considered. Data obtained using standardized methods (ASTM, EN, etc.) are preferred. If standardized methods are not used, the methods section of the article will need to be sufficiently detailed that others can reproduce and interpret the results presented. Data specific to SARS-CoV-2 or its surrogate coronaviruses is preferred, although data for other viruses will be accepted.

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Book initiated and editor appointed

Date completed: April 6th 2021

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Deadline for chapter proposals: May 3rd 2021

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Deadline for full chapters: July 2nd 2021

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Review results due: September 20th 2021

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Expected publication date: November 19th 2021

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About the editor

Raymond Nims

RMC Pharmaceutical Solutions, Inc.

Raymond Nims brings over 37 years of experience in the biomedical sciences. He currently provides consulting services as an employee of RMC Pharmaceutical Solutions. From 2006 to 2009, Ray served in Amgen’s corporate Quality Control group, providing subject matter expertise in viral and mycoplasma testing of raw materials and products, and serving as business process owner for Amgen’s global contract analytical testing lab outsourcing program. From 1994 to 2006, Ray directed laboratories at BioReliance performing viral safety, endotoxin, and cell line identity studies for biologics cell line characterization, raw material testing, and product lot release testing. From 1985 to 1994, Ray served as a chemist at the National Cancer Institutes’ Laboratory of Chemical Carcinogenesis. Raymond obtained a PhD in chemistry (chemical toxicology) at The American University, Washington, DC, in 1993. He currently serves on the editorial board for the BioProcessing Journal, and has served on the ad hoc advisory boards for USP chapters 1237, 1050, and 1050.1. He is a generalist in the biomedical sciences, with a publication list spanning a wide range of areas in chemistry, carcinogenesis, biochemistry, pharmacology, toxicology, and virology.

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