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CO2 incubator for cleanroom use
By Jane Byrne
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Thermo Fisher Scientific has launched a CO2 incubator that it says combines optimal cell growth capabilities with certified cleanroom compatibility. It is meant to effectively address the growing need among biotech, biopharma and clinical laboratories for high-performance incubation systems that meet stringent cleanroom and cGMP standards.
"As innovative research is being rapidly translated into promising therapies, we have seen dramatic growth in demand for premium incubators that are suitably equipped for use in controlled environments. To effectively meet this need, we have complemented the demonstrated recovery and uniformity capabilities of the Thermo Scientific Heracell VIOS CO2 Incubator and Thermo Scientific Forma Steri-Cycle CO2 incubators with exceptional cleanability and GMP-enabling features to deliver the first CO2 incubator that is specifically built for cleanroom use.
“This marks the latest step in our journey to better support cell therapy developers as they seek to bring innovative new therapeutics to patients,” said said Douglas Wernerspach, senior business director, laboratory products division at Thermo Fisher Scientific.
The Heracell Vios CR CO2 Incubator provides optimal cell growth for even the most sensitive high-value cell cultures, said the company.
It comprises fully enclosed casing and electronics, minimizing particle emissions in sync with critical particulate control in a Grade A/B cleanroom.
Operating on the patented Thermo Scientific THRIVE active airflow technology, which the developer says delivers homogenous cell growth conditions and rapid parameter recovery in under 10 minutes, the system prioritizes cell culture protection.
Dependable contamination control is enabled through in-chamber HEPA filtration, on-demand 180°C sterilization and an optional 100% pure copper interior chamber, it added.
The incubator also has a robust stainless-steel exterior and IP54-compliant design; it is built to withstand rigorous and repeated cleaning procedures that are integral to effective cleanroom management “enabling long-term use and maximum return on investment.”