LONG BEACH, CALIF. — Newport Biosystems Inc. by December plans to introduce 26-, 52- and 130-gallon blow molded containers as an alternative to cubical-style bags for the movement of cell-culture liquids and microbiological media.
The containers will open up the market to other types of users but will not replace bags, President Rod Roberts said in an interview at Newport's Interphex West booth. The trade show was held Sept. 16-17 in Long Beach.
In June, Newport established an alliance with a blow molder to make the containers of low density polyethylene with thicknesses of 18-20 mils. Red Bluff, Calif.-based Newport declined to identify the molder.
Existing pillow-style bags can develop stress cracks from gamma irradiation and may leak during transport. Newport's new collapsible containers have no seams or wrinkles and should withstand radiation better, Roberts said.
Newport will extend the range of the container line with sizes from 5-260 gallons for medical researchers and therapeutic product manufacturers to use in transferring and storing culture media, buffers and downstream products.
Newport's patented in-line filtration system eliminates a processor's need for aseptic connections.
Newport employs 15-20 at its 7,000-square-foot custom flexible packaging operation. It distributes in Europe through Cellon SA of Strassen, Luxembourg.
Roberts did not disclose Newport's sales figures.