New chromatography CoE in Ahmedabad
Thermo Fisher Scientific inaugurated its new centre of excellence
(CoE) for Chromatography Consumables and Specialty Products in
Ahmedabad, Gujarat, to provide enhanced application support
for customers working across a broad range of applications,
including pharmaceutical, environmental and food and beverage for
the Asia Pacific region. The facility, located in the city’s Pharma
SEZ and spanning across an area of 3,500 square feet, is adjacent to
the existing Fisher Biopharma services facility with an employee
strength of around 70 people.
This is the first centre of excellence for the company in the APAC
region. “Our investment in APAC region brings us in closer
proximity to our customers and offers a local resource for technical
and product support as we continue to build on our growth in the
region,” said Syed Jafry, senior vice president and president,
Thermo Fisher Scientific for Asia Pacific and South America. Above
all, in India, the company chose to open the CoE in Ahmedabad due to
its strategic proximity to most of the top level pharma companies in
the country and conducive environment for investment into the state.
The Pharma SEZ, for instance, houses facility set-ups of companies
like Zydus Cadila, Piramal Healthcare and Intas Pharmaceuticals.
Tech opens India distribution center
Life Technologies, a global biotechnology company dedicated to
improving human condition, has opened its regional distribution hub
in India to address strong customer demand in the South Asia region.
The new India distribution center, located in Bangalore, will boost
the availability, timely delivery and quality of Life Technologies’
products to its thousands of customers in the area. Life
Technologies operates as Invitrogen Bioservices India in India and
commenced operations in the year 2005 from Bangalore.
The India distribution center, which spans a built-up area of 25,000
square feet, adopts a hub-and-spoke model, with Bangalore as the
regional hub for Life Technologies’ product distribution throughout
India. Since the center’s inception, the company’s volume of items
shipped per day in the region has increased four-fold with
dramatically improved order fulfillment time that is up to 50
percent faster in most cases.
Persistent invests with Life Technologies
Persistent Systems is partnering and co-investing with Life
Technologies, a global biotechnology tools company, to build
sequencing and fragment analysis software platform for capillary
electrophoresis instrumentation that will be submitted for FDA
clearance/approval. This solution represents an advanced genomic
technology for clinics taking a step towards making personalized
medicine a reality to combat critical human diseases like cancer.
They will work together to develop an integrated interpretation
software and hardware solution that will intelligently use
sequencing technology to analyze patient DNA samples through
advanced, user-friendly software. As a technology partner,
Persistent Systems will also be providing services to integrate
assays from third party vendors.
Cole-Parmer’s new catalog launched
Cole-Parmer is launching its fifth annual catalog for scientific and
process industry for the Indian market. The 272-page catalog has
numerous unique and new products, as well as returning favorites. It
is segmented into four key sections, i.e. ―fluid handling,
laboratory essentials, process equipment, and laboratory equipment.
This 2011 catalog is similar to last year’s catalog, yet also offers
enhancements. It has new products and competitive prices, and is
designed to help customers in their product scale-up.
The catalog also has dual pricing featuring custom duty exempt
prices and prices in rupees, making it handy for users to set up
Malvern Zetasizer Nano in research
Prof Steven Armes and his research team in the Department of
Chemistry, at The University of Sheffield in the UK, are using a
Zetasizer Nano instrument from Malvern Instruments to monitor the
rapid and efficient production of nanolatexes. This single
instrument can determine both the particle size distribution and
also monitor the zeta potential, making it an ideal characterization
tool for following the in situ synthesis of many types of polymer
colloids, such as latexes, microgels or colloidal nanocomposite
“The Zetasizer Nano is so easy to use,” said Prof Armes. “All my
students can familiarise themselves with it very quickly. We are
purchasing a second instrument.