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MilliporeSigma Releases Poloxamer 188 EMPROVE® EXPERT Polymer for Cell Culture Media

The Poloxamer 188 EMPROVE® EXPERT polymer is a surface-active nonionic polymer used in cell culture media as a shear protectant and has become a standard component to cell culture media for production processes. The new polymer increases robustness of mammalian cells to shear from sparging, resulting in increased viability of cells in the bioreactor. For biopharmaceutical manufacturers, MilliporeSigma’s Poloxamer 188 EMPROVE® EXPERT polymer helps to ensure lot-to-lot consistency and reliable performance. The product has been cell culture tested, optimized and…

MilliporeSigma Collaborates with LabCentral to Foster Biotech Startups

MilliporeSigma,announced today that the company will sponsor the Startup Program at LabCentral, a biotechnology incubator, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. LabCentral is a private, non-profit organization that provides entrepreneurs and innovative life-sciences startups with lab space and resources to nurture the next generation of biotech companies. It comprises approximately 125 scientists and entrepreneurs. MilliporeSigma’s collaboration with LabCentral, like its ongoing Emerging Biotech grant program, gives biotech startups access to process development tools, education programs and training to support their success and strengthen…

Distek, Inc. Releases Model 2500 Select Bathless Dissolution Tester

Distek, Inc., has released the Model 2500 Select – Bathless Dissolution Tester. The patented bathless technology eliminates the water bath and all associated maintenance while heater jackets raise media temperature from ambient to 37°C in less than 15 minutes. Wireless in-shaft temperature sensors continuously monitor and display the in-vessel temperature for each vessel. A brilliant touch screen and unparalleled command of the instrument with electronic tracking of serialized stirring elements, qualification status and due dates and extensive reporting and method…

Enzo Life Sciences Introduces Innovative Ultra-Sensitive Multiplex IHC Kit

Enzo Life Sciences has released a new immunohistochemistry product, MULTIVIEW® PLUS (mouse-HRP/rabbit-AP) IHC Kit (Brown/Green). This non-biotin nanopolymer detection system contains reagents and materials that detect and localize antigens in formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissues. The MULTIVIEW PLUS IHC kit optimizes IHC processes by including the entire workflow, from antigen retrieval to visualization. The MULTIVIEW PLUS system can detect multiple antigens on a single tissue sample, while eliminating the traditional two-step method using biotin/avidin conjugates. The high sensitivity, low background reagents are…

Qosina Trading Company Limited and HNG Medical, Inc. Deliver Components in China

Qosina has announced the establishment of a wholly owned China entity (柯思纳), Qosina Trading Company Limited. Located in Shanghai, this office provides customers the benefit of delivering goods manufactured in China directly to their operations in China, reducing or eliminating related logistics and customs expenses.  Along with a local partner for distribution, HNG Medical, Inc., Qosina can serve global customers with their China operations.

April Spotlight

WHO’s Most-Wanted List: Deadliest Bacteria In February, the World Health Organization (WHO) published its first-ever list of “priority pathogens,” a catalogue of 12 families of bacteria that pose the greatest threats to human health. In particular this list highlights the threat of gram-negative bacteria that are resistant to multiple antibiotics. It is intended to guide and promote research and development (R&D) of new antibiotics. “This is a new tool to ensure R&D responds to urgent public health needs,” said Marie-Paule…

Ajinomoto Althea, Inc. Appoints Dr. Lori McDonald as Vice President of Compliance

Ajinomoto Althea, Inc., a leading contract development and manufacturing service organization, announced today it is appointing Dr. Lori McDonald as Vice President of Compliance at Althea. Althea’s contract manufacturing business continues to grow at a rapid rate driven by biotech companies outsourcing aseptic fill and finish parenteral manufacturing for clinical through commercial programs. Althea’s business has grown 25% annually since its acquisition by Ajinomoto in 2013. In 2016 alone, Althea increased its overall new business by 35%. To accommodate this…

c-LEcta’s DENARASE® Removes Nucleic Acids in Pharmaceutical Processes

c-LEcta, a German biotech company located in Leipzig, has developed an advanced nuclease product, DENARASE®, designed for nucleic acid removal in biopharmaceutical production processes. Unlike other nuclease types, which usually are produced using Escherichia coli as expression host, c-LEcta’s DENARASE is manufactured using a patent protected production process based on a Bacillus strain and a fermentation medium free of any antibiotics and animal derived products.  Beside the absence of endotoxins in gram-positive bacteria like Bacillus and the absence of antibiotics…

IntelliCyt Launches Novel Assay System to Accelerate Cell Line Development

IntelliCyt, a Sartorius Company, and a leading provider of integrated platforms that accelerate drug discovery, antibody screening and immuno-oncology research today announced the launch of the Cy-Clone Plus assay system for ranking and selection of clones for cell line development using the iQue Screener PLUS platform. A key factor in reducing the production costs of biopharmaceuticals is the development of cell lines producing a high yield of product. The Cy-Clone PLUS selection strategy is designed to identify clones that are…

Sartorius Acquires Software Company Umetrics and Closes the Acquisition of Essen BioScience

Sartorius, a leading international partner of the biopharmaceutical industry and research laboratories, today acquired through its subgroup Sartorius Stedim Biotech the company MKS Instruments AB (Umetrics) based in Malmö, Sweden. Umetrics is a leading specialist in data analytics software for modeling and optimizing biopharmaceutical development and manufacturing processes. Umetrics has already been cooperating with Sartorius for around five years and, in 2017, plans to generate full-year sales revenue of around U.S. $15 million and a significant double-digit operating profit margin.…