Serologicals gains patent for 'Mad Cow' prion clearing process
Serologicals Corp. (www.serologicals.com) has been granted a patent on its proprietary purification process that clears infectious prions — thought to be the cause of Mad Cow Disease—from its bovine-based cell culture growth medium, EX-CYTE.
Ozone technology flushes out produce contamination
If Peter Piper picked a pepper today, he'd have a hard time shipping it directly from the field.
New process accelerates peptide mapping
A liquid chromatography (LC) process developed by Agilent Technologies Inc. (www.agilent.com/chem) separates and identifies protein fragments up to 20 times faster than current methods, reducing the cost and time required for high-resolution peptide mapping of antibodies.
Robotic probe system aims to reduce semiconductor cleanroom space
A patent-pending Cluster Probing System (CPS), developed by SUSS MicroTec AG (www.suss.com), is designed to combine multiple semiconductor test configurations in one system without worker intervention.
Water treatment system chills expense, pathogens
An ozone-based water treatment system is helping the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) here to save on water use and expense while also serving as a powerful disinfectant process against water-based pathogens.
New thermo-assisted technology knocks out livestock virus
Thermo-Assisted Drying and Decontamination (TADD) is a new technology under development by PIC USA (www.pic.com) to reduce disease transmission associated with livestock trailer transportation.
Copper could corral MRSA contamination
A recent study by two British doctors indicates that the use of copper alloys on surfaces in healthcare facilities could control the highly antimicrobial-resistant bacteria, MRSA—methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus.
Unidirectional flow clean-air devices, paint spray practices validated by IEST
Recommended practices for unidirectional flow clean-air devices and paint-spray applications have been reviewed and validated for use without change by their respective Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST; www.iest.org) working groups.
Antimicrobial paint product developed for cleanroom use
A paint with an antimicrobial formula has been developed by Alpha Pro Tech Engineered Products (www.alphaprotech.com) to inhibits growth of bacteria, fungi and algae on painted surfaces in cleanrooms, contamination-control environments, hospitals, and surgical rooms.
Water electrolysis added in fight against food, floral bacteria
KES Science & Technology Inc. (Atlanta, Ga.; www.kesmist.com; www.kesair.com), a provider of preservation products for the food industry, cold storage warehouses, and florists, has linked with Electric Aquagenics Unlimited (EAU) to distribute its water electrolysis-based products that disinfect, sanitize and clean surfaces and foods without toxicity to consumer or environment.