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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.…

Nile Polymers Inc. Offers New High Performance Cable Ties Made from Kynar Flex® PVDF

Nile Polymers Inc., located in Centerville, UT, has recently commercialized a series of cable tie sizes based on Arkema Inc.’s Kynar Flex® PVDF under the trademark Strong-Ty™. These injection molded cable ties are readily available in 4-inch and 8-inch lengths and are manufactured and packaged in a clean room following ISO 13485:2016 procedures. Strong-Ty™ cable tie flexibility can be tailored simply by changing the chosen grade of Kynar Flex® PVDF. Kynar Flex® resins offer a multitude of desirable properties that…

MilliporeSigma Introduces Mobius® MyWay Portfolio for Customized Single-Use Assemblies

MilliporeSigma, a leader in single-use technology, today launched an industry first-the Mobius® MyWay portfolio, a program that allows more flexibility, better supply predictability and shorter lead times for more efficient and safer drug manufacture. “We have the industry’s only comprehensive single-use solution, giving customers three different ways to create customizable assemblies,” said Andrew Bulpin, Head of Process Solutions Strategic Marketing & Innovation, MilliporeSigma. “This is critical to customers from contract manufacturing organizations to big pharma, whose biggest challenge is getting…

Thermo Fisher Scientific and the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult Collaborate to Optimize Advanced Therapy Supply Chain

To help address the challenges surrounding supply chain management for cell and gene therapy around the globe, Thermo Fisher Scientific, the world leader in serving science, today announced a collaboration with the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult (CGT Catapult) to provide developers with both the manufacturing capability and distribution, logistics, and storage capacity needed to create a seamless supply chain to accelerate cell and gene therapy development and commercialization. As part of the collaboration, Fisher BioServices will expand its CryoHub…

Millipore Express® High Area Filters for Processing Feed Streams with High Particulate Levels

MilliporeSigma’s Millipore Express® high area cartridges and single use capsules are ideal for feed streams with high levels of particulates, such as cell culture media and protein solutions. These new high area filters help ensure product safety, efficient and effective processing and optimum yield for demanding drug production processes. The Millipore Express® high area cartridges and capsules combine fast flowing polyethersulfone (PES) membranes with an M-pleat pattern. This design provides up to twice the surface area of a conventional filter,…

AdvantaPure Launches AdvantaSil™ Brand of Silicone Tubing and Hose

AdvantaSil silicone tubing and hose products are quickly becoming recognized as superior products for single-use processes worldwide. Engineers in process development and manufacturing have relied on AdvantaSil products for years for unreinforced tubing, reinforced hose, pump grade tubing and wire reinforced suction hose. The products are designed and tested for the biopharmaceutical and pharmaceutical industries and are used for food, beverage, laboratory and chemical transfer applications as well. Previously, the products were typically referred to by their part number nomenclature…