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3M Purification PR: Opens new Belgium Validation Laboratory serving pharmaceutical and life-sciences industries

Diversified technology company 3M has extended its global network of Validation Laboratories serving the pharmaceutical and life-sciences industries by opening a new facility in Antwerp, Belgium. European customers now have enhanced access to services that help confirm compatibility between equipment and manufacturing processes. With this addition, 3M has seven Validation Laboratories spanning Europe, the Americas, North Africa and Asia.

The Validation Laboratories produce high-quality technical studies and data packages for 3M Purification products as used in customers’ processes, to ensure process integrity and to demonstrate regulatory compliance. The comprehensive portfolio of services covers microbial challenge testing, product integrity testing, chemical compatibility testing, and particle release testing, as well as test design, execution, and full documentation.

“The on-going investment in 3M’s global network of validation services demonstrates the company’s commitment to providing the best possible support for customers using our high-quality filtration products,” said Lynne Deakin, Field Applications Specialist - Life Science Process Technologies, 3M Purification Division. “We are very proud of the facilities and especially the industry experts in Antwerp, who are providing specialist support to our analytical and biological sciences clients.”

The range of validation services available from 3M’s global network of laboratories includes challenge tests such as Brevundimonas diminuta retention testing using customer process fluids and under simulated processing conditions. Mycoplasma clearance testing using Acholeplasma laidlawii and Mycoplasma orale retention testing are also available, and are increasingly important as M.orale now accounts for more than 40 per cent of cell culture mycoplasma contamination events.

3M’s validation laboratories are also able to assess the chemical compatibility of 3M Purification products with customer fluids under expected operating conditions, taking into account factors such as the composition of the end product or intermediate chemicals, 3M Purification product materials of construction, duration of product contact, and temperature of product contact.

Particle release testing is also available for applications that require capture and identification of particles from the process stream under operational conditions.

For more information about 3M Purification’s Validation Laboratories, and the range of 3M products and services for life sciences, please visit www.3M.co.uk/filtration.



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About 3M

3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of ingenious products.

Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the innovation company that never stops inventing. With $31 billion in sales, 3M employs 89,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 70 countries.

The UK and Ireland is home to one of the largest 3M subsidiaries outside the USA, employing 3,000 people across 17 locations, including nine manufacturing sites.

Products manufactured in the UK include coated abrasives, personal safety equipment, adhesive tapes, industrial microbiology products, drug delivery systems, high-performance coatings, secure documents, passport readers and imaging systems.

For more information, visit www.3M.co.uk or follow @3M_UK on Twitter.

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Amit Karpe                                         Beky Cann

3M Purification Division                 Neesham Public Relations

Tel: +44 (0) 1344 858645                Tel: +44 (0) 1296 628180

Email: akarpe@mmm.com           Email: bekyc@neesham.co.uk

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