Cold Chain Management Firm Modality Solutions Promotes Robert Battista to Senior Consulting Engineer

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Modality Solutions, an Inc. 5000 privately held engineering company that delivers integrated cold chain management solutions for highly regulated industries has promoted Robert Battista to Senior Consulting Engineer.

Robert Battista

In his new Senior Consulting Engineer position, Battista has added the responsibility of onboarding and mentoring new engineers as well as research into cold chain hazards and solutions.

Robert has shown exceptional talent and commitment to our mission of being the ‘called upon’ cold chain experts to make sure conflict-zone DRC medical facilities are operational and functioning to deliver life-saving Ebola treatment to patients," said co-founder and CTO, Daniel J. Littlefield.

Modality Solutions, an Inc. 5000 biopharmaceutical cold chain engineering firm, is pleased to announce it has promoted Consulting Engineer, Robert Battista, to Senior Consulting engineer.

In his new leadership position with Modality Solutions, Battista has added the responsibility of onboarding and mentoring new engineers as well as the creation of additional business opportunities and cutting-edge research into cold chain hazards and solutions. Battista continues to work directly with clients to strategically create the proper validation of their cold chain systems through risk and gap analysis and subsequent mitigation plans. He then implements the validation master plan through the creation of standard operating procedures, qualification of critical equipment, validation of processes, and in-person training for essential personnel. This risk-based strategy results in supply chain validation in full alignment with regulatory expectations. He also conducts in-person training to ensure proper cold chain integration.

The promotion is a direct result of Battista's proven experience, knowledge, and top-notch leadership skills. Notably, since joining Modality Solutions in 2016, Battista has assisted in three overseas Ebola clinical trial operations in challenging environments. Most recently he served as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

In the high-security risk environment, he and co-founder Daniel J. Littlefield ensured that three active Ebola Treatment Unit pharmacy depots met FDA and other international regulations regarding best practices associated with drug product storage, distribution, monitoring/controls, and documentation. They evaluated the readiness of both active and pending sites for cold chain operations by performing gap analyses and assessing the existing cold chain processes, including the qualification of refrigerators and freezers used to store investigational medical products for current and upcoming trials. Battista also assisted in training local Ebola response staff members on cold chain procedures, fundamentals of heat transfer important to temperature sensitive drug products, and qualification of the critical equipment at the sites.

“Robert has shown exceptional talent and commitment to our mission of being the ‘called upon’ cold chain experts to make sure conflict-zone DRC medical facilities are operational and functioning to deliver life-saving Ebola treatment to patients," said co-founder and CTO, Daniel J. Littlefield. “After training our clients in both the U.S. and abroad, we are also looking forward to utilizing his leadership for onboarding and development of our new engineers.”

“I am honored to have my work recognized and to take on greater responsibility in the services Modality Solutions offers,” said Battista. “As we expand, I look forward to ensuring our new engineers are ready to contribute to designing life-saving biopharmaceutical cold chain supply systems.”

Before joining Modality Solutions in 2016, Robert's chemical engineering experience and research included reclamation of energy from pollutant bodies of water, operating characteristics of fuel cells, the reaction kinetics of acetic anhydride, operating characteristics of a CO2 absorption column, and desalination of water through reverse osmosis. His research ranges from determining the statistical significance of trace heavy metal concentrations in a watershed in northern Peru to using chemical characteristics of water to determine the sourcing to a watershed in Great Basin National Park in northeastern Nevada.

Raised in West Seneca, New York, Battista attended The Ohio State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering with a minor in physical geography. In addition, he explored the fundamentals of sustainable engineering, cellular nanotechnology, molecular genetics, and principles of engineering law.

To learn more about Modality Solutions, visit https://www.modality-solutions.com.

About Modality Solutions, LLC
Founded in 2011, Modality Solutions, an Inc. 5000 Company, specializes in integrating cold chain operations systems, developing transport validation strategies supporting global regulatory applications, clinical trial operations, and decreasing development cycle times for a faster route-to-market. By combining the best practices of process validation, systems qualification, and risk assessment, Modality Solutions has earned the reputation of ensuring regulatory compliance, product quality, and patient safety. Modality Solutions’ team of engineers are experts at delivering cold chain thermal packaging design and qualification, conducting transport simulation testing, and controlled-environment logistics solutions. For more information, visit modality-solutions.com.

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