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What Are You Really Outsourcing When Using Single-Use Systems?

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By Max Blomberg and Christian Julien, Meissner Filtration Products

The benefits of utilizing single-use systems (SUS) within the biopharmaceutical industry are well documented in the popular press and heralded at many conferences. At a fundamental level, they present exciting and often unprecedented opportunities in terms of increased productivity, the ability to make rapid capacity adjustments and lower the overall costs of manufacturing. However, what an end-user is effectively outsourcing when they choose to include single-use assemblies within a given process step, or as the scope of their implementation broadens to include an entire process, must be considered. As single-use adoption has advanced from a curiosity to an implemented business reality for many pharmaceutical companies over the past decade, it’s relevant to explore a few key concepts that should be addressed.

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