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Sartorius Stedim Biotech Wins Frost & Sullivan Award for Customer Service Leadership in Bioanalytical Contract Testing

Sartorius Stedim Biotech (SSB), a leading international supplier for the biopharmaceutical industry, received the prestigious Frost & Sullivan’s 2017 European Customer Service Leadership Award for Bioanalytical Contract Testing Services. Presented at the Frost & Sullivan ceremony yesterday evening in London, UK, this award recognizes the unique product and service combination and enhanced customer satisfaction provided by Sartorius Stedim BioOutsource, SSB’s subsidiary based in Glasgow. The annual Frost & Sullivan Excellence in Best Practices Awards recognizes companies, processes, strategies, and executives…

PCT Establishes Global Contract Development and Manufacturing Services Platform with Opening of Yokohama, Japan Facility

Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd. (HCC), a global service provider for the cell therapy industry through its PCT development and manufacturing service platform, today announced the completion of construction and opening of its Yokohama, Japan facility on October 11. This facility, as well as the existing two U.S. PCT facilities, will share the same global PCT service platform for quality and information systems, manufacturing operations, and technology transfer protocols, ensuring a seamless approach to serving clients and accelerating creation of a…

Cytonome Concludes Exclusive Sales Partnership Agreement with Inabata

Cytonome/ST, LLC and Inabata & Co., Ltd. and have concluded an exclusive sales partnership agreement for Cytonome’s proprietary GigaSort® Technology in Japan. The GigaSort Platform is an application specific laser-based cell sorter that allows the identification, characterization, and isolation of highly purified cell populations. Due to its low pressure parallel microfluidic channel design, the GMP compliant GigaSort Platform provides high throughput processing while remaining gentle on cells. A fully enclosed, single use, fluidic set that contains a microfluidic chip solves…

Lonza Cell & Gene Therapy Manufacturing Facility in Houston, TX, Area to Complete Construction on Schedule in 2017

Lonza confirmed today that its new cell and gene therapy manufacturing facility in Pearland, in the area of Houston, TX (USA), which started construction in 2016, is nearing completion and is on schedule to start production in Q1 2018, despite the storms that hit the state of Texas in late August and early September. The event organized around the opening of the facility has been moved into 2018 out of respect for the Lonza staff and people of Texas who…

Updated Sustainability Report from NewAge® Industries Showcases Recent Improvements

Plastic tubing manufacturer NewAge Industries has released the Second Edition of its Sustainability Report focused on continued commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR). The company made additional improvements to its facility and operations to further its sustainability practices. This Second Edition report highlights recent upgrades such as: The installation of an electric vehicle charging station Energy-efficient LED lighting in all building renovation areas Becoming a zero landfill organization by using enhanced recycling and an EfW, or Energy from Waste, facility…

Rentschler Biotechnologie GmbH Announces Transition into a European Corporation Called Rentschler Biopharma SE

Rentschler Biotechnologie GmbH, a leading contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) for biopharmaceuticals, today announced that the Company has successfully transitioned into a European corporation (SE) with entry into the German commercial register on October 1, 2017. The Company is operating as Rentschler Biopharma SE with immediate effect. There will be no operational changes for clients or employees of the family-owned company due to the transition. “With our transition to Rentschler Biopharma SE, we emphasize our long-term international corporate identity,…

The Eclipse 5300 Dissolution Sampler Receives CE, ETL and FCC Mark Approval

Distek, Inc., has announced that the Eclipse 5300 Dissolution Sampler has now received CE, ETL and FCC mark approvals. The Eclipse 5300 has undergone certification with an accredited testing laboratory and has passed all the required testing standards for obtaining approval. Placing CE, ETL and FCC Marks on our product shows consumers, specifiers and authorities that our instrument fully complies with these important safety and regulatory standards. The European Commission describes the CE mark as a “passport” that allows manufacturers…

Lonza to Acquire a U.S. Clinical Manufacturing Site to Support Ongoing Customer Demand

Lonza announced today that it is acquiring a clinical-stage mammalian manufacturing site in the United States from Shire plc. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. The 58,000-square-foot (approximately 5,388-square-meter) site, located in Hayward, CA (USA), has been operating as a multiproduct cGMP facility since 1990 and has a successful regulatory track record. Assets include 1,000L and 2,000L single-use bioreactors and associated downstream capabilities. Currently the site employs more than 100 personnel, all of whom will have the opportunity…

Vetter Lays the Foundation for a State-of-the-Art Administration Building

At a cornerstone ceremony, Vetter officially signaled the start of a project for the creation of a new administration building at its Ravensburg Schuetzenstrasse site. Scheduled to be completed by the middle of 2019, the new building is part of an ongoing investment strategy designed to further develop Vetter sites and make available additional manufacturing capacities. Following its completion, the new building will have a useable area of 25,000 square meters (269,000 square feet). As a modern office building, Vetter…

GEA Unifies Controls for Separators and Decanters with GEA IO Control

In order to reduce complexity and to focus on user-friendliness, the GEA IO control generation will now be available for every separator and decanter. Initially launched in 2014 for decanters, GEA IO has been revised and improved to use it for all GEA centrifuges – for every kind of application. The development of GEA IO has been focusing on user’s needs, aiming to keep the control as simple and user-friendly as possible. Consistently reduced to the essentials, operators are quickly…