Upstream & Downstream Processing

Astrea arises from the Prometic ashes; inks column deal with Thermo

Astrea Bioseparations will supply prepacked chromatography columns to Thermo Fisher. Formerly known as Prometic Bioseparations, the firm now forms part of KKR life sciences tool platform Gamma Biosciences. Late last year, Bioprocess Insider reported the planned acquisition of Liminal BioSciences’ chromatography and bioprocessing business Prometic Bioseparations by investment firm KKR in a deal worth up to £77 million ($100 million). Now complete, KKR has announced the firm will now be known as Astrea Bioseparations Ltd and is the first company…

Waters adding automation lab tech by buying Andrew Alliance

Waters Corporation will add an automated software system and robotics technology through the acquisition of Swiss biotech firm Andrew Alliance. Life sciences chromatography and measurement company Waters Corporation has not divulged the financial details of the deal, but a company spokesman said it significantly bolsters its lab tech portfolio through the addition of automated technologies. “Andrew Alliance’s cloud-native software platform and user interface dramatically improves the use of automation technology, enabling more scientists to realize the advantages of repeatability and…

UMass Lowell opens pilot freeze-drying development lab

UMass Lowell has opened a lyophilization testing facility where researchers and biopharma can develop freeze-drying processes in a non GMP environment. The facility – dubbed LyoBay – is located in the Mark and Elisia Saab Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center at UMass Lowell, which is located northwest of Boston. It is intended as a development space for scientists and biopharmaceutical companies according to executive director, Karen Hamlin. “The LyoBay offers users the opportunity to take their product technology from the…

iBio aims to cut manufacturing costs and improve data management with AI

iBio will use blockchain tech to cut costs and improve traceability in a deal that may also see Mateon spin-out a biopharma AI specialist. Plant-based biologics CDMO iBio asked EdgePoint AI – a unit of Mateon Therapeutics – to install artificial intelligence (AI) technologies at its manufacturing facility in Bryan, Texas. The idea is that the systems – known as TrustPoint Vision Fabric and TrustPoint Smart Protocols – will monitor production operations conducted and store data in a “blockchain.” Cost savings…

Getinge pays $89m for Applikon to boost life sciences biz

Getinge has bought Applikon Biotechnology to expand its life sciences technologies business. Sweden’s Getinge announced it would pay SEK 840 million ($89 million) for Applikon last month. It said the Dutch bioreactor firm’s technology portfolio would bolster its biopharma segment. It cited Applikon’s range of systems for the research and production of vaccines and antibodies as well as those for the production of enzymes and bio-plastics as the main motivation. “Applikon Biotechnology has a strong portfolio of world class bioreactor solutions…

Are you single-use or stainless-steel? Take our holiday quiz to find out

Does your heart beat when you see a large shiny tank fixed-fast to the wall of a giant redbrick facility, or do you get a warm feeling in your inside bioreactor when you see a plastic bag flexing its flexibility credentials across a modular cleanroom? It’s the end of the decade and while much has changed since December 2009, one of the biggest shake-ups in the bioprocess space is the advent of single-use systems. With single-use systems now being used…

Samsung BioLogics brings Berkeley Lights’ Beacon to Korea

Korean CDMO Samsung BioLogics will use the Beacon optofluidic platform to reduce cell line development timelines and boost its drug development services. Having first entered the contract development space in 2017, Samsung BioLogics has now inked a deal to use Berkeley Lights’ Beacon pre-programable and automated optofluidic platform to service its customers cell line and process development projects. The technology itself is based on a nanofluidic chip consisting of chambers in which cells are placed to be cultured and assayed,…

GE and Guangzhou gov bring bioprocess training to China

A single-use bioprocessing training facility in Guangzhou will help attract and retain biopharma talent in the burgeoning China market, says GE Healthcare. Bioprocess vendor GE Healthcare Life Sciences and Guangzhou Development District government have invested a total of $10 million (€9 million) to establish a biomanufacturing training center in the Guangdong province in China. The Guangzhou Bioprocess Academy aims to train over 1,000 people annually when it opens in September next year and is needed to feed the the rapid…

$50m deal helps make Sartorius a media player again

A year after ending an exclusive collaboration with Lonza for cell culture media and buffers, Sartorius has reentered the space by acquiring 50% of Israeli firm Biological Industries The deal sees bioprocess equipment and consumables vendor Sartorius pay €45 million ($50 million) in cash to Kibbutz Beit Haemek and private equity fund Fortissimo Capital for just over half of Biological Industries. Under terms of the deal, Sartorius will have the option to acquire a further 20% of the Haifa, Israel-based…

Polyplus ups reagent range to support growing CGT space

Polyplus-transfection SA has expanded its reagent portfolio, citing the growing number of candidate cell and gene therapies nearing commercialization as the driver. The French biotech launched a range of sizes of its PEIpro-GMP reagent in single-use bags and bottles this week. Transfection reagents facilitate cellular uptake of nucleic acids. Polyplus premiered PEIpro-GMP last year, marketing it as “the first transfection solution for the gene and cell therapy industry that is compliant with global cGMP viral vector manufacturing requirements.” The expanded…