Magazine Article | December 2, 2009

Can Single-Use Technology Be Automated?

Source: Life Science Leader

By Dr. Juliette Schick

Many promises have been made concerning the cost and time savings of single-use components (e.g. bags, tubing, filters, fittings). Most calculations of cost and time savings have been based on comparing single-use components with comparable stainless steel components — with the savings being associated with decreased fixed costs (facility costs). Single-use platforms will decrease fixed costs and increase variable costs (costs linked to output, costs which vary directly with production). However, additional savings can be achieved by increasing yield, reproducibility, and product quality of the biologicals.

Used with permission from Life Science Leader magazine.

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