Ultra-pure sterilant eyed for expanded biotech, pharmaceutical use
A widely used water purification sterilant has been granted expanded Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approval, from liquid form to fogging, providing new and more effective means to quell contamination in critical biotech and pharmaceutical processes.
X-ray system detects packaging contamination
Process automation systems designer Key Technology (www.key.net) is joining forces with package inspection systems provider Peco Controls Corp. (Fremont, Calif.; www.peco.com) to form InspX, a new company that seeks to strengthen contamination control in the packaging lines of food and drug processing plants.
Non-toxic treatment system may be cost-effective method to combat stormwater bacteria
Working jointly with Coastal Carolina University to identify drainage areas here with significant bacteria counts following storm events, Integrated Environmental Technologies Ltd. (IET; www.ietltd.net) is proposing its EcaFlo technology as a solution to quickly killing fecal coliform bacteria.
Developmental fabs tackle unique contamination issues
When it comes to manufacturing, the philosophy at Matrix Semiconductor Inc. (www.matrixsemi.com) is there's nothing new in the process.
Filter advance targets 193-nm processes
Designed as the primary filtration system on the latest generation of 193-nanometer (nm) step-and-scan lithography tools Extraction's ex2600 features the company's proprietary hybrid chemical filter media in a smaller footprint.
Biotech firm adds virology biosafety lab
Commonwealth Biotechnologies Inc. (CBI; www.cbi-biotech.com), known for its research and development in biodefense and bioterrorism technology...
Air Liquide acquires microcontamination lab
Analytical Services Group (ASG), a laboratory recognized for solving microcontamination issues and characterizing unknown materials, has been acquired by Air Liquide America (www.airliquide.com) and relocated within the new cleanroom facility at its Balazs Analytical Services lab here.
Researchers urge filtration to halt hospital waterborne pathogens
Following a recent study on prevention of pathogens in healthcare facility water systems, Janet Stout, Ph.D., director of special pathogens laboratory at the Veterans Administration (VA) Healthcare System, is urging hospitals to consider point-of-use filtration to eliminate waterborne infections such as Legionella.
Waterborne pathogen system speeds results in real time
The use of chemical treatments, most notably chlorine, as well as filtration and other techniques clean up water and remove potentially harmful pathogens and other contaminants.
Filter design sifts deadly prions from blood supply
For the second time this summer, a major advance has been unveiled in the battle against infectious prions associated with Mad Cow Disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD).