Parallel bioprocess development tool on cell culture tubes

Regensburg, (PresseBox) - Scientists and technicians working in the pharmaceutical industry will benefit from parallel monitoring of pH in up to 96 cell culture tubes. PreSens Precision Sensing presented the first prototype of the iTube96Reader at the BioProcess International Conference in Long Beach, CA, this November and attracted great interest.

This new system by PreSens was developed especially for scientists and technicians who try to optimize bioprocesses. It will ease the bioprocess development and manufacturing processes for companies out of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sector considerably.

The iTube96Reader works with up to 96 plastic cell culture tubes with integrated pH sensor spots. The so-called iTubes are delivered pre-calibrated and irradiated and are ready to be filled with the samples. The chemical optical sensors are read out non-invasively by the Reader through the transparent tube wall. The sensors allow monitoring pH in a range of 5.5 - 8.5. The filled iTubes are placed in a special rack which comes with the Reader and is placed on top of it. The rack ensures the correct positioning of the tubes. In addition, it can be taken off to easily sample, fill, load and unload the rack outside of the shaker.

The iTube96Reader, connected wireless (via Bluetooth) to a PC / notebook, can be mounted directly inside a shaker. Measurement control and data collection can be performed with the delivered software. Therefore, the new system is very time-efficient and reduces workload and costs.

PreSens Precision Sensing GmbH

PreSens Precision Sensing GmbH is a leading developer, manufacturer and distributor of chemical-optical sensors. Its continuously expanding range of sensor systems for O2, pH and CO2 is for end users in Biotech & Pharma, Food & Beverage, Scientific Applications and OEM manufacturers for Medical Devices. Founded as a spin-off from the University of Regensburg / Bavaria back in 1997, PreSens has evolved to be an organization dedicated to bring together state-of-the-art sensor technology and customer needs. The more than 50 employees and a network of contract developers and suppliers from the heart of German engineering are the company's most important resource: Maintaining flexibility while developing and manufacturing according to highest quality standards as ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 13485:2003. This is the challenge they master every day. From its site in Regensburg, Germany, PreSens offers full service in Europe, America and Asia - together with its distributors and partners.

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