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Ultra pure water helps Biostar West develop consistent wound healing materials

Millipore : 18 October, 2007  (New Product)
Biostar West’s new facility in Claremont, California, USA, requires ultra pure water to develop materials for wound healing, as well as tissue-engineered antibacterial and antiviral products for medical and pharmaceutical applications.
Research focuses on chemically modifying polymers and delivery systems to enhance their natural antibacterial, bioinhibition or bioenhancement capabilities.

One current project investigates cellular responses to bandages inside the human body.

As the aqueous-based chemical synthesis is a sensitive process, there cannot be any traces of impurities in wounds or wound healing.

For this reason Biostar West runs a single production unit that is serviced by two Millipore Q-Pod units (one inside and one outside the clean room) with a BioPak filter attached for pyrogen- and nuclease-sensitive applications.

Additionally, cell culture testing requires the ability to control sensitive responses.

To conduct the research, Biostar West uses a chemical laboratory and a clean room that both require purified water.

With one system, Biostar West generates water for both laboratories.

“We chose a Milli-Q Advantage system from Millipore because purified water is an important element in eliminating the potential for impurities,” said Shenda Baker, president of Biostar West.

The water purification system needs to run 24/7 without disruption.

Laboratories are requiring 50 to100 litres of pure water, but at full-scale will require up to 250 litres.

“The beauty of the system's Q-Pod water dispenser is that you can set the volumetric dispense and walk away during the processing and synthesis steps,” explained Baker. “Eliminating time-consuming steps helps us focus on our research.”

Milli-Q Advantage can be adapted to the ultra pure water needs of a specific application simply by changing the final filter on the Q-Pod unit, providing the final polishing at the point of water dispense.

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