After graduating with a BS in chemistry and a minor in biology from Wake Forest University, Claire Briglia began her career in an environmental lab working as a scientist. She initially learned all about the wonders of microorganisms through bioremediation studies that were conducted to check the feasibility of utilizing microbes for cleaning up chemically contaminated water and soil. Her next job as a scientist in the world of microbiology involved the R&D of low temperature sterilization and decontamination systems at American Sterilizer Company (acquired by STERIS PLC in 1996). For about 13 years, she worked in the field supporting vapor phase hydrogen peroxide decontamination and sterilization applications in life science markets including pharmaceutical, animal research and biosafety. In 2010, her career switched gears into a Technology Specialist position at MilliporeSigma supporting microbial monitoring and detection for pharmaceutical applications including environmental monitoring, bioburden, sterility, and rapid testing.
She has presented at many industry conferences as well as conducted over a hundred customer trainings over the last 15 years. Lastly she has recently authored a chapter for the Parenteral Drug Association’s book Environmental Monitoring: A Comprehensive Handbook, Vol. VII and written for the PDA Letter in 2014 and 2015.