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FDA recommends strict ozone validation
Ozone treatments to reduce harmful pathogens during food processing and handling may be a good thing, but until proven, the Food and Drug Administration (www.fda.gov) is recommending that apple juice and cider processors establish their own documented validation study—or choose another treatment method.
Protein purification technologies may speed drug discoveries
A series of protein purification kits has been unveiled by Pall Corp. (www.pall.com) to aid proteomic researchers in the development of new drug therapies.
International Sematech broadens semi R&D services
In a move designed to meet increasing research and development needs within the semiconductor industry, International Sematech (www.sematech.org) has established the Advanced Technology Development Facility, Inc. (ATDF) as an independent subsidiary of its R&D wafer fab and related analytical labs.
Cleanrooms helping to advance medical device coating technology
Lonny Wolgemuth, medical market manager for Specialty Coating Systems (www.scscookson.com), cites the movie Field of Dreams when he talks about his company's recently finished 1,700 square-foot cleanroom.
Embedded temperature metrology design reduces wafer contamination
For years, engineers at SensArray heard from their customers how much they wanted a wireless temperature measuring device that could run within a lithotrack to measure the real-time temperatures of the hotplates and heating elements—without having to manually access the wafer.
There's no question about it. The future is nanotechnology. Just this year, worldwide expenditures in nano-technology R&D will reach $8.6B.
Biosafety Facilities War
Biosafety Facilities: War on terror gives rise to new
Increased funding for research into treatments, antidotes and vaccines against bioterrorism agents has sparked a building boom for biosafety facilities
Hospital Hygiene Keeping
Hospital Hygiene: Keeping hospitals clean but not sterile
Standards for contamination and infection control are getting tougher, because a trip to the hospital shouldn't make you sick
FFUs: Setting a course for energy efficiency
Development of a testing standard for fan filter units will go a long way in improving energy efficiency in cleanrooms
Cleaning agents are used on walls, ceilings, floors and equipment in the cleanroom. A well-rounded systematic approach to choosing, evaluating and using cleaning agents is critical to maintaining control of contamination.