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Flexsafe: One Bag For All
Since Sartorius Stedim Biotech introduced the first single-use bag for biopharmaceutical applications, demand for them has rapidly increased for use in critical applications. Their robust performance and compliance are crucial for ensuring process safety and economy.
Now, we have developed a new polyethylene film and new bioprocessing bags that pave the way towards the single-use manufacturing facility of the future, and meet the most stringent customer needs for safe bioprocessing. Learn more.
By Iveta Bottova, Ph.D., Beckman Coulter Life Sciences
Dendritic cells (DC) population is a key functional constituent of cell-based immunotherapy drugs. The correct cell count and adequate viability of DC are one of the quality control criteria for the final product release. Number of viable DC is historically determined by microscopy using a manual counting method — Bürker chamber and trypan blue dye for dead cell exclusion.
By Darrick Niccum, Senior Global Product Manager - Biotechnology, TSI Incorporated
While real-time viable particle counters offer significant potential benefits, they also present some new challenges to industry and regulators. This article will address the unique challenges associated with evaluating, testing, and validating this new family of RMM instruments.
By Robert G. McGregor, General Manager, Brookfield Engineering Laboratories, Inc.
In the world of pharmaceutical products, there is almost always a leader in every category of major application. Take skin creams, for example. The reputation is earned because the product solves the customer's problem, such as relieving facial acne or soothing aching joints. Working with the formulation chemists who create the product are the physical scientists, who specify how to process the material. They also have responsibility for characterizing the flow behavior of the cream when used by the customer and for specifying the QC test that verifies compliance.
By Lisa Choplo, Miele Professional
Hand washing not only presents inherent safety risks for employees, but is also not a repeatable process and produces variable results. Automating the washing process is one step that can be taken to modernize the laboratory and make it a safer and greener work environment.
By Thomas O'Brien, Ph.D., 3M Purification
Activated carbon in the pharmaceutical industry has been used for many years to reduce impurities derived from the reactions that create active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs). The adsorptive properties and very large surface area of activated carbon make it ideal for filtering impurities from APIs, with decolorization being the most common pharmaceutical application.