By Betty Howard, Radiation TechTeam Manager, STERIS Isomedix Services
Many sterilization methods are available for pharmaceuticals, healthcare devices, and labware, including steam, sterile-filtration, ethylene oxide, vapor-phase hydrogen peroxide, electron-beam irradiation, and gamma irradiation. Each technique needs to be evaluated before use based on various criteria. Most importantly, one must consider how the technique will affect the final product characteristics and performance.
In the quest to find novel flavor ingredients from nature, powerful equipment that can produce and concentrate fractions derived from natural extracts is essential. Conventionally, many steps of fractionation and evaluation are necessary until a compound is obtained at the purity required for structural analysis.
Designing, building, and equipping a research lab is a challenge for any organization. But when you're a company involved in manufacturing a potential life-saving prognostic test, it becomes a fast-track project.
Food is an essence of life, and it is no surprise that food safety and security are of major concern globally. In some countries, food wastage is commonplace because of issues in the supply chain. Even the World Bank has a Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP) division, which holds an annual conference supported by more than 70 countries, private companies, international organizations, trade associations, academic institutions, and non-governmental groups.