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Basan to acquire Metron’s cleanroom consumables assets
The basan Group, a distributor of cleanroom products and services in Europe and Asia, has agreed to acquire certain assets from Metron Technology, Inc., constituting Metron’s Europe and Southeast Asia cleanroom consumables and garment manufacturing business. This acquisition will significantly expand basan’s capabilities to provide high-value cleanroom equipment and consumables as well as cleanroom supply management and personnel training capabilities worldwide.

SAFC completes construction of protein API facilities

SAFC, a member of the Sigma-Aldrich Group, has completed the construction of two new protein active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) facilities at its St. Louis, MO, manufacturing campus. A new biologics manufacturing facility consists of a 25,000 sq. ft. cGMP purification and manufacturing suite for transgenic plant and other non-animal derived protein APIs, and a 6,000 sq. ft. facility for purification of animal-derived protein APIs. Validation for commercial operation of this $16 million expansion at the campus is expected by mid-year.


BIOTECHNICA, Europe’s biggest biotechnology show, is partnering with INTERPHEX, the largest pharmaceutical trade event in North America, in 2008. The co-located event is expected to be the biggest gathering of the life sciences industry on the North American continent. BIOTECHNICA and INTERPHEX will provide an entire spectrum of R&D and upstream and downstream processing technologies. BIOTECHNICA and INTERPHEX debut at The Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia from March 26-28, 2008.