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Raw Materials Training

Somerset County, New Jersey, United States
October 24, 2016

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Bennie Reitan

*** ****** ****** ~ Belle Mead, NJ 08502

Phone: 908-***-****


A career in chemistry with experience in pharmaceutical, specialty chemicals, academic, environmental, and military. Extensive background updating laboratory testing methods with current compendial testing (USP-NF, Eur Pharm and JP). Exceptional analytical testing, troubleshooting, training, auditing and documentation skills.


2006-Present ~ Senior Chemist ~ Actavis, pharmaceutical ~ Elizabeth, NJ

Supervise up to fourteen chemists. Responsibilities include: schedule testing, sample release, write / perform investigations.

Perform testing of raw materials and finished products. Instrumentation utilized: HPLC, GC, TLC, UV/Vis, FT-IR, NIR, pH, Auto-Titrator, Karl Fisher, Particle Size Analyzers, etc.

Dispense and testing DEA samples

Perform method evaluations and method transfers.

Improve testing methods, procedures, specifications, protocols; utilizing change requests (Trackwise).

Audit testing of raw materials and calibrations.

Projects Implement new USP requirements for Residual Solvents USP General Chapter <467>

Obtain residual solvents information for raw materials, calculate maximum daily amounts and tabulate residual solvent limits of raw materials for finished products. To culminate in method development and setting raw material specifications

Overhaul and maintain the reduced testing program to achieve cost savings.

Evaluate the transfer of Elizabeth raw materials group to Totowa to achieve cost savings.

2004-2006 ~ Compendial Specialist ~ Schering-Plough Corporation, pharmaceutical ~ Union, NJ

Evaluate the changes and proposed changes in the US Pharmacopeia and European Pharmacopoeia

Write protocols for method evaluations

Summarize evaluation results in a final report

Write planned deviation protocols and summaries

Prepare Change Authorization to update procedures to current compendial methods utilizing Trackwise

Responsible for writing and implementing Standard Operating Procedures

Perform Where Used Searches


Contribute to the development of a global standard for compendial

Develop the process for Organic Volatile Impurities – Residual Solvents vendor letters

Performed compendial gap analysis for USP-NF, Eur Pharm and JP testing methods

1996-2004 ~ Senior Analytical Chemist/Asst. Supervisor ~ Schering-Plough Corporation ~ Union, NJ

Supervise up to seven chemists. Responsibilities include: scheduling testing, data review, sample release, the writing / performing investigations and additional testing protocols, Weekly Reports (sample count), maintenance of records for allocation work hours and overtime

Perform testing of raw materials, process validation, method transfers, research, in-process testing, finish product testing and cleaning samples, using USP, Eur Pharm, and Schering methods. Instrumentation utilized: HPLC, GC, TLC, AA, ICP, UV/Vis, FT-IR, pH, Auto-Titrator, Karl Fisher, Particle Size Analyzers, etc.

Responsible for writing and implementing Standard Operating Procedures, Instrument Operating Procedures and Calibration Procedures for instruments in the laboratory

Responsible for writing procedure change proposals, work requests, and acquisition requests.

Perform calibration and maintenance of laboratory instrumentation

Member of the GMP Training Committee and the GMP Training Module Committee; trained new employees on methods and instrumentation, prepared/revised Training Modules

Member of the Safety Committee; carried out internal laboratory safety audits and safety training

Perform method development study of lead in calcium carbonate and magnesium hydroxide using Leeman Labs Inductively Couple Plasma

Perform Limit of Detection study for Leeman Labs Inductively Couple Plasma

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1996 ~ Chemist ~ Oakite Products, specialty chemicals manufacture ~ Berkeley Heights, NJ

Performed conversion coating – FePO4, ZnPO4 on steel substrate

Performed paint stripping and cleaning testing

Performed analytical analysis - titrations, coating weights, AA, FT-IR

Performed corrosion testing – salt spray, humidity

Performed physical testing – impact, paint adhesion

1991-1994 ~ Environmental Scientist ~ Sadat Associates Inc., environmental consultants ~ Princeton, NJ

Prepared Phase I Audit

Collected soil and water samples

Performed data validation

Calculated Event Pollution Loading

Prepared Standard Operating Procedures for Data Validation

Monitored Geoprobe and Hydropunch sampling

Monitored the installation and closure of ground water monitoring wells

Performed air monitoring utilizing: HNu Model 101 & 101DL, Foxboro OVA 108 & 128, Bacharack Sentinel 4, MSA Model 60 explosivemeter

1989-1991 ~ Analytical Chemist ~ Accutest, environmental testing laboratory ~ Dayton, NJ

Performed sample preparation and CLP protocol AA/Emission analysis with the following instruments: Perkin-Elmer 1100B Flame, 5100 PC Furnace, Leeman Labs ICP 2.5 and PS Series ICP/ECHELLE

1982-1985 ~ Chemical Laboratory Technician ~ United States Army

Performed wet chemistry including moistures, particle size, titrations

Performed purity and trace analysis with Flame/Furnace AA

Performed air monitoring and liquid injection with GC


Pharmaceutics – Basic; Tablets, Liquid Creams and Ointments

Key Issues in Investigations/Legal Framework Behind cGMP’s

Kepner-Tregoe Problem Solving Workshop

Documenting Investigations

Gas Chromatography Training Module 1&2

Getting the Best Results from Your GC

Gas Chromatograph Headspace

Practical HPLC Troubleshooting

Inductively Coupled Plasma

Sympatec Inhalation Seminar

Waters Millennium


Microsoft: Word, Access, Excel

European Pharmacopoeia 5th Edition

USP Residual Solvents

USP Workshop on Metals

OSHA certifications: 40 Hour Hazardous Waste Operations & Supervisors of Hazardous Waste Operation


Trackwise for investigations and change control

Waters Empower Chromatographic Systems

Microsoft: Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint



1997 Master of Science, Chemistry ~ New Jersey Institute of Technology ~ Newark, NJ

Thesis “Pyrolysis and Oxidation of Cellulose and Polystyrene: An Experimental Study of Reaction Products”

Presented at the Eastern States Combustion Conference (October 1995) and Pfizer (January 1996)

1991 Bachelor of Arts, Chemistry ~ Cook College ~ Rutgers University ~ New Brunswick, NJ

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