Vita of Lynn Torbeck

As a consultant and trainer, Mr. Torbeck has specialized in applied statistics and experimental design for pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical development, quality assurance and control, validation, and production under the CGMP’s. Areas of expertise include Quality by Design, Design Space, OOS/OOT, SQC/SPC, statistical PAT, assay validation, auditing sampling plans and setting specification criteria. He has been active in the pharmaceutical industry in statistics, quality, and management since 1975, having worked with a wide variety of companies, including pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, fine chemicals, medical devices, and cosmetics. He has been president of Torbeck and Assoc. since 1988.

  • Elected to the PDA Scientific Advisory Board, SAB, in 2002.
  • Elected to the USP Statistics Expert Committee for a second five year term in 2005.
  • A member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Pharmaceutical Technology since 1999.
  • Chair of the PDA’s SAB Out-Of-Specification, OOS, committee.
  • Won the PDA TRI Excellence in Teaching Award in 1997.
  • Member of the ASTM, and active in E-11, statistics and E-55, PAT, committees.
  • A contributor of “Using Statistics to Measure and Improve Quality” for the text “Pharmaceutical Quality”, edited by Richard Prince, published by Davis Horwood.
  • Editor for a text in process titled “Pharmaceutical Validation by Experimental Design,” for Taylor & Francis.

In his last industry position, Mr. Torbeck was the Director of Validation, worldwide Quality Assurance, for G. D. Searle and Co., Skokie, IL, (Pfizer), a research-based international pharmaceutical firm. Previously, he held positions of Director of Technical Services, U.S. Quality Assurance and Manager of Physical Science Statistics in the company’s Research and Development Division. He has done extensive training and consulting worldwide, including Australia, Bali, Canada, China, England, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuala Lumpur, The Netherlands, Singapore, and Switzerland.

Lynn is proud to be a member of the American Statistical Association, PDA, Senior Member of the American Society for Quality, ASQ, ASTM, ISPE and past president of the Chicago Chapter of the American Statistical Association. He is past Book Reviews Editor for the Journal of Quality Technology, a publication of the American Society for Quality. He holds BS and MS degrees in Statistics with minors in Operations Research and Computer Science.

Professional Experience
1988 – Present

1987 – 1988

1984 – 1987

1979 – 1984

1978 – 1979

1977 – 1978

1976 – 1977

1975 – 1976

1974 – 1975

Torbeck and Associates, Inc.

Director, Validation; WW Quality Assurance.

Director, Technical Services; US Quality Assurance.

Manager, Physical Science Statistics; R & D Div.

Manager, Quality Control Statistics; R & D Div.

Supervisor, Quality Control Statistics; QA.

Senior Statistician; Consultant to Director, QA.

Research Statistician; Consultant to Director, QA.G. D. Searle & Co., Skokie, IL.

Statistician, D.H.E.W. Kansas City, MO.

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