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GEN reports on the greening of the life sciences
Date:9/2/2010

process changes using technology to increase efficiency and reduce cost-of-goods. These included increasing the height of chromatography columns (but staying within established process specifications to avoid the need for re-evaluation), which is predicted to increase yield by 5%, saving millions of dollars and reducing the carbon footprint of this unit operation by about 3%.

Life Technologies' internal energy-efficiency efforts are expected to save the company a projected $25 million between 2004 and 2012. Cristina Amorim, vp of global EHS and citizenship, told conference attendees that big savings can come from unexpected places. For example, historically Life Technologies had shipped its Applied Biosystems TaqMan assays to customers in Styrofoam coolers. Looking for ways to reduce waste, the company performed stability tests and determined that the reagents could safely be shipped in regular packaging, eliminating the use of 100,000 coolers per year and saving the company $1.5 million/year.

Included among the other speakers at GEN's GreenBioPharma were representatives from GE Healthcare, Sartorius Stedim Biotech, Genentech, University of Pennsylvania, Intelligen, Ohio State University, Millipore, Diamond & Schmitt Architects, Clayco, Waters, Agilent Technologies, SciQuest, University of Maryland, Integrated Project Services, Hyde Engineering, RC Bio/Ingenza, and the University of Maryland.


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Contact: John Sterling
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Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News
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