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Raman Technology Sensor Acquisition Advances Bioprocessing Capabilities

Jul 02 2020 Read 873 Times

Merck has enhanced its advanced bioprocess portfolio through the acquisition of Resolution Spectra Systems, a Meylan, France-based leader in bioprocess analytical monitoring. The company offers Raman spectroscopy analysis through its GMP-ready instrumentation and software. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed. 

“This acquisition supports our vision of delivering intensified, connected and continuous bioprocessing,” said Andrew Bulpin, head of Process Solutions, Life Science, at Merck. “Raman measurement technology, coupled with the software to analyse and manage the generated data, allows us to offer unique and integrated solutions to help our customers optimise their bioprocesses.”

Christophe Bonneville, co-founder of Resolution Spectra Systems, added: “This acquisition validates our common strategy to support Process Analytical Technology implementation as a key element of biopharmaceutical industry digitalisation.”

Resolution Spectra Systems specialises in bioprocessing monitoring sensors based on Raman technology, which: provides real-time monitoring and process control; measures broad range of bioprocessing parameters, including glucose, lactate, viable cell density and other process-related impurities; monitors all parameters simultaneously with a single probe.

This acquisition supports Merck’s recently launched Bio4C™ Software Suite, a first-of-its-kind ecosystem that combines process control, analytics and plant-level automation. The Bio4C™ Software Suite is the latest component of Merck’s expanding BioContinuum™ Platform, which allows for the convergence of intensified process and digital technologies to advance process speed, quality and flexibility, while reducing cost. 

Raman technology’s bioprocess monitoring sensors complement the ‘collect’ dimension of the Bio4C™ Software Suite, as it provides real-time process analytics across multiple critical process parameters via in-line measurement. By combining these Raman technology sensors with the software to manage the data that they provide, Merck is able to offer unique and integrated bioprocessing capabilities.

The acquisition of Resolution Spectra Systems enhances Merck’s ability to provide advanced process analytical technologies across its bioprocess portfolio, another critical step toward enabling the biomanufacturing facility of the future. 

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