Blood Product Manufacturing and Quality Assessment
Craig’s research efforts reside at the interface of development research and the manufacturing supply chain of blood components. His Medical Lab Technologist credentials, complemented by extensive work experience at Canadian Blood Services, and coupled with lean six sigma training, provides unique expertise which he applies to the development of quality control standards for blood and blood components.
Why is this important?
Adequate quality control standards are key to ensuring a safe and efficient blood supply. As we better understand the functional and quality attributes of blood products we are able to influence more suitable and current standards along with streamlined manufacturing processes.
Craig’s group looks beyond the current quality control standards to increase our understanding of blood product function and to develop new standards. Most recently, his group did a study on red blood cell quality indicators and the impact of implementing semi-automated processes on the quality of red blood cells.
Craig’s group also provides a centralized trouble shooting support for Canadian Blood Services operations. With extensive knowledge of Canadian Blood Services’ products, the group solves product manufacturing problems and develops opportunities for improvement of blood components manufacturing, storage and shipping.