Dramatic Time Savings for Biopharma Manufacturing Using Novel qPCR Technology
PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y., September 16, 2010 - Pall Corporation (NYSE: PLL), a global leader in filtration, separation and purification, today announced the introduction of the GeneDisc® Rapid Microbiology System for advanced microbial quality monitoring. This system represents Pall’s latest quality assurance innovation for the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry.
“The GeneDisc Rapid Microbiology System represents a leap forward for applications of rapid microbiological analysis in the pharmaceutical manufacturing setting,” says Ken Frank, President of Pall Life Sciences Biopharmaceuticals division. “This reliable, simple to use, and robust platform represents a significant time savings over traditional incubation sampling methods and can allow materials and final products to be released more quickly, improving production efficiency and reducing inventories.”
Typical culture-based methods may need at least five days to produce results. Pall’s GeneDisc System generates comparable results for most microbiological applications in just a few hours. The advantage provided by the GeneDisc System shortens the manufacturing cycle for pharmaceutical manufacturers, reducing warehousing costs, improving product time to market, and increasing ROI throughout the production process. The GeneDisc Rapid Microbiology System represents Pall’s first step in providing a complete qPCR platform for rapid microbiology analysis.
The GeneDisc Rapid Microbiology System is efficient and easy to use. Its novel, highly simplified technology, based on bar-coded data input and fewer operator-dependent steps, ensures reliable results that significantly reduce the risk of user error. The economic design of the GeneDisc System also offers the unique advantage of moving assays to an operator with relatively modest training, freeing up technically skilled staff for more demanding duties.
This new application in Pall’s GeneDisc product group is based on established quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) technology, which provides a simple, rapid tool for microbiological analysis. This single-protocol solution yields highly reproducible results with simplicity, speed and security, enabling quality control testing to be executed on a much shorter timetable than by using traditional methods.
The first of these assays is a Specified Microorganism Test, which simultaneously detects indicator pathogens as required by Pharmacopeia. Results are obtained within hours and not the several days required by traditional microbiology methods. Additional assays are planned that will further expand the GeneDisc System to perform accelerated microbiological testing during various stages of pharmaceutical and biotech production.
By improving internal quality assurance methods, Pall’s GeneDisc System also adds an increased level of security to the pharmaceutical manufacturing process.
“Typical methods of sample analysis often require three to five days to detect contamination,” says Dr. Peter Ball, Technical Marketing Director for Pall Life Sciences. “That can mean scrapped or reworked product, which represents considerable risk and cost. With the GeneDisc System, we can reliably eliminate those production risks in just a few hours,” Ball says.
Amelia G. Tait-Kamradt, a Scientist at Pfizer, Inc., will present, “Using a Novel qPCR Platform to Accelerate Pharmaceutical Microbiology Testing,” a whitepaper highlighting the advantages of the GeneDisc System at the Parenteral Drug Association’s 5th Annual Global Conference on Pharmaceutical Microbiology, October 26, in Washington, D.C. For more information on the GeneDisc Rapid Microbiology System or any of the other Pall Corporation life sciences solutions, visit www.pall.com/biopharm.
About Pall Life Sciences
Pall Life Sciences provides cutting-edge products and services to meet the demanding needs of customers discovering, developing and producing biotech drugs, vaccines and classic pharmaceuticals. Pall technologies are also used to collect and process blood components and help protect patients from hospital-acquired infections. The company’s membranes and membrane devices optimize detection and sample preparation in the drug research, clinical diagnostics, genomics, and proteomics markets. Pall is a leading provider of separation systems and single-use filtration and purification technologies to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to support faster development of new drugs and vaccines that are safer and require less energy and water to produce.
About Pall Corporation
Pall Corporation (NYSE:PLL) is a filtration, separation and purification leader providing solutions to meet the critical needs of customers across the broad spectrum of Life Sciences and Industrial markets. Pall works with customers to advance health, safety and environmentally responsible technologies. The Company’s engineered products enable process and product innovation and minimize emissions and waste. Pall Corporation, with total revenues of $2.4 billion for fiscal 2010, is an S&P 500 company with more than 10,000 employees serving customers worldwide. Pall has been named a top "green company" by Newsweek magazine. To see how Pall is helping enable a greener, safer, more sustainable future, visit www.pall.com/green.