March - Joint ASQ & SME Meeting - Tour & Presentation of Biolife Plasma Center


March 2016 Meeting

Tour: Biolife Plasma Center, Waterloo, IA

BioLife Plasma Services is an industry leader in the collection of high-quality plasma that is processed into life-saving plasma-based therapies. We operate numerous state-of-the-art throughout the United States and Austria.

BioLife is committed to safety: through superior service we strive to ensure the safety of our donors and the patients who receive life-saving plasma-based therapeutics.

BioLife Plasma Services is part of Baxalta Incorporated (NYSE: BXLT). Baxalta Incorporated develops, manufactures and markets products that save and sustain the lives of people with hemophilia, immune disorders, infectious diseases, kidney disease, trauma, and other chronic and acute medical conditions. As a global, diversified healthcare company, Baxalta applies a unique combination of expertise in medical devices, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology to create products that advance patient care worldwide.


To provide the highest-quality plasma to meet the expectations of our customers, ensuring the availability of life-saving therapies for patients.


To be the leading plasma supply company in the world by continuously improving, to ensure:

• Every employee is valued and a fully engaged member of our team

• Every donor is recognized for his or her contribution and given exceptional service

• Every process is innovative and efficient

• Every customer is delighted with our performance

Presenter: Daniel Sexe, Center Manager

Dan Sexe is the Manager of the Waterloo, IA BioLife Plasma Services, a professional business where the blood component plasma is collected from healthy individuals and made into medications to treat multiple disorders within the human body. Dan has worked with BioLife since 2011, starting in the entry level position and moving through roles such as Supervisor, Assistant Manager, and currently Center Manager.

He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 2011 with a degree in Biology and attended Estherville Lincoln Central High School the years prior. He has been married for five years to wife Courtney and has a two year old son, Mason and a second due in May of this year.

Dan attributes most of his management training to direct mentorship from other BioLife Managers and also taking a month’s worth of courses at the company directed “BioLife University.” Although he swears by most of his skills coming from real life encounters from his seven months he spent in Cambodia, a county in SE Asia, where he learned above all-patience!


Dan Sexe will give an overview of BioLife, discuss their metric tracking for quality, lean, and Kaizen events. He will review a recent yield improvement Kaizen including the tools they used.

Date – Thursday, March 24th, 2016

Tour Location – Biolife Plasma Center, 2535 Crossroads Blvd, Waterloo, IA, 50702

Dinner Location – CU Restaurant, 320 E 4th St, Waterloo, IA, 50703

Dinner Parking – There is parking behind the restaurant off Lafayette St.


5:30 – 6:30 Tour Waterloo BioLife facility

6:30 – 7:00 Travel to dinner location and networking

7:00 – 7:50 Meal at CU

7:50 – 8:00 Section Business

8:00 – 9:00 Presentation with Q&A

Click on the below link or paste it into a web browser for directions to the tour and dinner locations:,+2535+Crossroads+Boulevard,+Waterloo,+IA+50702/Cu+Restaurant+%26+The+Cellar,+320+East+4th+Street,+Waterloo,+IA+50703/@42.4789854,-92.3452302,14z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x87e5523d2fa31fe9:0xa06853952ad80e8!2m2!1d-92.3246331!2d42.4584429!1m5!1m1!1s0x87e552e51c3e3eed:0x6dccaa70e4ab10a5!2m2!1d-92.3342604!2d42.4993644!3e0

Dinner Costs

Members – $20

Retirees – $10

Students – $10

Non-Members – $25

(Attending only the tour is free.)


Choice of Burgundy Bing Chicken, Gorgonzola Pork Medallions, and Vegetable Lasagna

We encourage Spouses, Friends, and Significant Others to attend.

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