January 15, 2009 (Vol. 29, No. 2)

While BD Biosciences works toward completing construction of its recently announced animal-free/antibiotic-free (AF2) cell culture media production facility in Miami by the end of the year, the company’s new pilot lab is nearing completion.

The pilot plant will focus on the production of cell culture media samples representative of the new commercial-scale AF2 facility, according to company officials. Custom blends of basal cell culture media and supplements are available currently via the BD Autonutrient™ media design service and its custom product development program, they add.

Once the Miami facility begins operations, “BD Biosciences will fully serve the culture media needs of bioprocessors working with mammalian, microbial, or stem cell lines,” notes Tom Isett, vp, BD Biosciences–Advanced Bioprocessing.

Originally designed and built for the manufacture of pharmaceuticals, the 90,000-square foot Miami plant is currently being outfitted with modern cell culture media milling, blending, and sterile liquid filling equipment.

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