New Technology Showcase

May 1, 2007
BioPharm International, BioPharm International-05-01-2007, Volume 20, Issue 5

The ?-24 bioreactor from Applikon offers a platform for fermentation in a very small volume. Based on a micro-titerplate (24 wells), each well (reactor) has a working volume of 2–6 mL. Each reactor has its own pH and temperature measurement and control capabilities. The agitation (orbital shaking) can be controlled in the range 0–800 rpm. The bioreactor is completely automated and all data (per reactor) are visible on the screen of a PC and stored. Applikon Inc., 650.578.1396, www.applikon.com.

OPTIMIZATION TOOL

The μ24 bioreactor from Applikon offers a platform for fermentation in a very small volume. Based on a micro-titerplate (24 wells), each well (reactor) has a working volume of 2–6 mL. Each reactor has its own pH and temperature measurement and control capabilities. The agitation (orbital shaking) can be controlled in the range 0–800 rpm. The bioreactor is completely automated and all data (per reactor) are visible on the screen of a PC and stored. Applikon Inc., 650.578.1396, www.applikon.com.

HIGH SHEAR MIXER

Millipore Corporation's high shear HS T10 mixer has a small size that makes it ideal for use in small production-scale processes and pilot plants. The HS T10 continues to offer the same advantages that characterize the NovAseptic mixers. The magnetically-coupled design means that there is no shaft led through the tank wall. Total integrity of the tank is maintained and there is no risk of contamination. The mixers are bottom-mounted which allows for low level mixing and easy maintenance. Millipore, 1.800.MILLIPORE, www.millipore.com. BIO Booth No. 533.

AUTOMATED ANALYZER

BioProfile FLEX, an automated modular analyzer from Nova Biomedical, provides fast, comprehensive analysis for cell culture processing. It offers up to 16 key cell culture attributes, including glucose, lactate, glutamine, glutamate, ammonium, pH, sodium, potassium, calcium, osmolality, cell density and viability, and phosphate or total protein in a single workstation. This comprehensive test menu provides immediate access to the critical information required to optimize product quality and yield. Nova Biomedical, 781.647.3700, www.novabiomedical.com.

DISPOSABLE BIOREACTOR

The Biostat Cultibag is a disposable bioreactor from Sartorious which combines rocking motion mixing technology with Sartorius engineered-control capabilities. The Cultibag is used for any disposable applications, and in particular cultivation of cells in batch, fed batch, and perfusion operation. The hardware is available in application driven packages inclusive of data logging software. For basic cell growth the basic packages provide temperature, rocking rate, and angle control with integrated air pump or connection to your own gas supply. Sartorius AG, +49.551.308.0, www.sartorius.com.

BENCHTOP FERMENTOR

New Brunswick Scientific's BioFlo 415 benchtop fermentor provides the convenience of automatic sterilization in place, with no need for an external steam supply. The advanced system uses only the lab's water and the unit's built in heater to provide rapid heat up and cool down. This cGMP-compliant, validatable fermentor is capable of controlling up to 32 process loops, including multiple Thermal Mass Flow Controllers as well as signals from up to ten external scales, analyzers, sensors, or other devices, for optimized process yields. New Brunswick Scientific, 877.723.3319, www.nbsc.com/b5b.htm.

STABILIZING PROTEINS

Prionex is the BSA and HSA alternative from Centerchem. In protein stabilization, Prionex maintains the activity of proteins and enzymes during heat denaturation, lyophilization, and in long-term storage studies. It can be used in assay procedures to prevent non-specific binding and as an additive in cell culture. Unlike BSA, Prionex is safe and easy to work with. It is water soluble, consistent from lot-to-lot, non-antigenic, additive, and prion-free. Prionex is only available as a 10% solution in 100 mL and 1 L containers. Centerchem, Inc., 203.822.9800, www.centerchem.com. BIO Booth No. 1000.

COMBATING INFLUENZA

Advanced Biotechnologies Incorporated offers a wide range of inventoried and custom-produced purified viruses and viral lysates for the Research and IVD community. The company recently added Human Influenza A/2/Japan/305/57 to its current influenza products APR8 and B/Lee/40. Advanced Biotechnologies, 800.426.0764. www.abionline.com.

LANCASTER LABORATORIES

Lancaster Laboratories provides analytical services in chemistry and microbiology to the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries. Chief biopharmaceutical testing services include cell based assays, ELISA, nucleic acid analysis, PCR, cell line manufacturing, cell line testing, viral safety, viral clearance, biochromatography, electrophoresis, mass spectrometry, protein quantitation, and support for facility and process validation. The company's 175,000 square-foot facility is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and instrumentation. Lancaster Laboratories, 717.656.2300, www.lancasterlabs.com.