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Single-Use Technologies - The Perspective of an End User

Today use of the term “single use technologies” can be considered as being synonymous with the modern biotech industries. Based on the proliferation of companies now specialising in providing solutions to pretty much anyone anywhere, along with the intensive level of marketing and industry discussion, it is clear to see that the sector has progressed significantly over the years. The ability to purchase systems and technologies off the shelf as a consumable, rather than invest in significant capital infrastructure, better facilitates small enterprises to perform small and pilot GMP scale manufacture in-house. Organisations are able to leverage the experience of the manufacturers in the development of these products. The concept of single use technologies has been proven to produce solutions which are compliant and work. However, there still are questions around regulatory guidance for single use technologies.
Recorded Mar 25 2015 66 mins
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Ciarán Kelleher & Barbara Paldus
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