Is stainless steel the bioprocessing technology of the past?

17th September 2020

Falmouth, UK, 17th September 2020 / Sciad NewswireSingle-use technology has been touted as the latest and most promising development in bioprocessing technology, fast replacing stainless steel as the material of choice for many bioprocessing engineers. Marc Pelletier, Director of CRB, and Mark Embury from ASEPCO, part of Watson Marlow Fluid Technology Group (WMFTG) which has recently launched the ASEPCO inline valve, discuss whether stainless steel is a technology of the past in a new article, published today.

Single-use technologies have their advantages, especially when it comes to avoiding contamination, as they eliminate the need for cleaning. This is particularly important when it comes to satisfying regulatory requirements, an essential consideration for biopharmaceutical processing engineers. Up-front costs are also significantly lower than stainless steel components, leading to lower redesign process costs. In Western Europe, over half of bioprocessing experts surveyed said they expect to see a fully single use facility in operation within five years and the single-use bioprocessing market in Europe is predicted to be worth USD 2.09 billion by 2024.

Single-use does not come without its own challenges, however. Whilst upfront costs are lower, ongoing supply of components can generate significant expenses. In the same survey, the top reasons for not using single-use consumables in Europe included cost as well as concerns over leachables and extractables. Scalability is also an issue, with stainless steel still offering the best option for larger scale bioprocessing.

Could a reliance on one system limit the potential for development in bioprocessing? In this article, Marc Pelletier and Mark Embury share their combined experience working in bioprocessing to discuss the advantages and limitations of both stainless steel and single-use technologies. Download the article for the latest insights from our industry experts.

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Notes to Editors

About Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group
Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group is part of Spirax-Sarco Engineering plc, a FTSE 100 company. The company is an award-winning, global leader in fluid management technology and for over 60 years has engineered components and systems for customers in a wide range of pharmaceutical and industrial markets. Learn more at www.wmftg.com or @WMFTG_news.

References

  1. 16th Annual Report and Survey of Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Capacity and Production, BioPlan Associates, April 2019
  2. Europe Single-use Bioprocessing Market Research Report - Segmented By Product Type , By Application , By Country (UK, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Russia, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, Netherlands, Turkey, Czech Republic and Rest of Europe) – Size, Growth, Trends & Forecasts (2019-2024), Market Data Forecast: August 2019,  https://www.marketdataforecast.com/market-reports/europe-single-use-bioprocessing-market