Innovative polyethylene film sets new benchmark
Sartorius Stedim Biotech, a leading global supplier of the biopharmaceutical industry, is introducing a brand-new, scalable range of single-use bags. Its completely new developed product family Flexsafe enables the implementation of single-use bioprocessing throughout all steps of drug manufacture, from process development to production, in upstream and downstream – all using just the one innovative polyethylene film. The innovative concept of the Flexsafe family addresses key industry requirements for future-proof single-use manufacturing of commercial vaccines and drugs.
Flexsafe is based on a multilayer, proprietary polyethylene (PE) film, called S80, and has been developed in close collaboration with resin and film suppliers. A standardized cell growth assay has been used to optimize film formulation, determine the operating ranges for extrusion, welding and gamma-irradiation processes and to establish specifications and process controls.
Flexsafe ensures excellent and reproducible cell growth behavior of the most sensitive cell lines. The optimization of the resin formulation, the complete control of raw materials, the extrusion process and the bag assembly guarantee lot-to-lot consistent cell growth performance. With its robust 400 μm thick PE film, Flexsafe is the strongest and most flexible bag currently on the market. The bags enable safe and easy-to-use operation, even in the most demanding applications such as liquid shipping and large-scale stirred bioreactors.
Furthermore, batch-to-batch consistent extractables and leachables profiles support drug manufacturers throughout the entire lifecycle of modern biological treatments from clinical development to commercial supply many years after launch. Users can gain assurance that their initial extractable and leachable qualification work and data remain valid every time they operate their single-use Flexsafe bioprocess.
Assurance of supply, one of the most important aspects for manufacturers, is guaranteed as a result of long-term contracts with suppliers and business continuity plans with defined safety stocks and global manufacturing capabilities including resin manufacturing.
„Flexsafe represents a completely new generation of single-use bags. They offer our customers consistent cell growth as well as extraordinary robustness and flexibility. In addition a sustainable supply chain and consistent film throughout the entire manufacturing process is guaranteed. Every single one of these benefits sets a new benchmark. Being unique in all of them makes us very proud”, stated Stefan Schlack, Senior Vice President Marketing and Product Management at Sartorius Stedim Biotech.
Sartorius Stedim Biotech is launching Flexsafe RM bags (1L-200L) and small bags for validation purposes first. Bags for single use bioreactors BIOSTAT STR (50-2000L) and additional applications such as storage, mixing, shipping freeze and thaw will be rolled out step by step.
About Sartorius Stedim Biotech
Sartorius Stedim Biotech is a leading provider of cutting-edge equipment and services for the development, quality assurance and production processes of the biopharmaceutical industry. Its integrated solutions covering fermentation, cell cultivation, filtration, purification, fluid management and lab technologies are supporting the biopharmaceutical industry around the world to develop and produce drugs safely, timely and economically. Sartorius Stedim Biotech focuses on single-use technologies and value-added services to meet the rapidly changing technology requirements of the industry it serves. Strongly rooted in the scientific community and closely allied with customers and technology partners, the company is dedicated to its philosophy of “turning science into solutions.” Headquartered in Aubagne, France, Sartorius Stedim Biotech is listed on the Eurolist of Euronext Paris. With its own manufacturing and R&D sites in Europe, North America and Asia and a global network of sales companies, Sartorius Stedim Biotech enjoys a worldwide presence. Its key manufacturing and R&D site is in Germany. The company employs approx. 3,300 people, and in 2013 earned sales revenue of 588.4 million euros.
SOURCE: Sartorius Stedim Biotech