Michael Moussourakis is a Senior Director, Technical Marketing and Strategic Affairs at Alconox Inc. headquartered in White Plains, NY. The Marketing team provides tactical and product leadership to Alconox Inc. customers for their critical cleaning needs. He has over 18 years of experience in the biotech, pharmaceutical, medical device and laboratory industries.
Through various and progressive roles in technical, tactical marketing and product management, he has contributed via publications, training, talks, and committee participation. Michael’s technical expertise covers critical cleaning, biopharmaceutical filtration and process troubleshooting. Michael holds a BS and MS in Biomedical Engineering from the Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science.
Critically clean processing equipment, whether it be labware, glassware, instrumentation, or processing and extraction equipment, is vital. The potency, purity and quality, essential characteristics of any drug, rely on critically clean surfaces. Cannabis is no different, and in fact, likely more difficult than traditional drug manufacturing. Waxy, resin, oily and sticky residues abound which can be highly adherent, difficult to emulsify, and just a plain challenge to remove. Strong solvents and harsh chemicals might be a quick answer, for sure. But the wise answer, the innovative answer, are detergents that are not only effective, but end-user safe, aqueous, free-rinsing, interfering residue-free, biodegradable, and without any added dyes, fragrances, brighteners or softeners. In other words, maintaining the whole reason why cannabis, and its “natural” state is sought after.
Critical cleaning is defined as when the level of cleaning directly impacts the value of the final product. The cannabis and related industries certainly apply, and mastery of both the right detergents, for the right applications, right procedures, and right guidance documentation, ensures the end product is at its highest efficacy possible.