Steritest Symbio Pumps offer improved sterility testing

Published: 28-Aug-2014

They have been specifically developed to address stringent pharmaceutical testing requirements

Merck Millipore's new Steritest Symbio Pumps are said to offer easier, safer and more reliable sterility testing of pharmaceutical products in laminar flow hoods, isolators and cleanrooms. They have been specifically developed to address stringent pharmaceutical testing requirements.

The pumps feature a compact housing design, which allows easier access in laminar flow hoods and enables compatibility with vertical and horizontal air flows. The new design also frees working space and increases loading capacity in isolators, improving workflows and efficiency.

The ergonomic pump head ensures quick introduction of filtration units and removes the risk of pinched gloves. Its automatic closure provides repeatable tubing placement, and thus reliable splitting of the liquid sample. The buttons are designed for operation with isolator gloves. In addition, the pump is easy to clean and resistant to gas decontamination in isolators.

Steritest Symbio Pumps feature a precise timer function enabling small volumes to be sampled with accuracy. Two canister pressure detection modes are programmed to alert the operator, reducing the risk of test interruption and maximising efficiency.

Dedicated test management software allows easy creation and management of test methods and simplified pump memory updates. The test methods library stores up to 250 filtration protocols ensuring reproducibility and saving time. Additionally, operators are given step-by-step assistance throughout the testing procedure.

A comprehensive range of services, such as installation and training, validation protocols and IQ/OQ services help to ensure compliance.

'Sterility testing is a critical aspect of pharmaceutical production and necessary for the release of sterile products to market,' said John Sweeney, Head of Lab Solutions, Merck Millipore.

'To help our customers through this process, we continue to leverage our strong legacy and expertise in sterility testing to offer cutting-edge solutions for pharmaceutical professionals.'

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