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Block Engineering Announces Collaborative Agreement with Pfizer for Next Generation Cleaning Verification Technology
Date:1/18/2013

Analytical Sciences Group (PASG) and Senior Director in the Global Manufacturing Services organization at Pfizer. "Block's groundbreaking technology fits well within Pfizer's Process Analytical Technology (PAT) initiatives and I look forward to working with them towards the development of this instrument."

The expected benefits of this novel approach include a reduction in the labor, material and consumables required today for swab-based verification. Furthermore, significant plant utilization increases can be achieved and drug supply assurances can be confidently offered. Key initiatives in the pharmaceutical industry today for Work-in-Progress inventory reduction and just-in-time-inventory implementation will significantly benefit from the proposed technology, as the manufacturing equipment idle time is reduced.

Petros Kotidis , CEO of Block Engineering commented, "I am very pleased to announce the strategic agreement with Pfizer towards the development of this breakthrough instrumentation. Block's QCL-based infrared spectrometers are opening new markets and Cleaning Verification is one of the most exciting and high impact applications. Pfizer's dominant and pioneering position in the introduction of next generation process analytical technologies will be a critical element in the success of this product."

The fundamental principle behind Block's technology and the currently commercially available LaserScan Analyzer is QCL-based infrared spectroscopy. When infrared light from the QCL reflects off of substances, it gets absorbed or reflected at rates that are absolutely unique to and characteristic of the substance. Therefore, when the reflected light is collected by the LaserScan's built-in detectors, a "fingerprint"-like pattern emerges, which contains all the necessary information for detection or analysis of the substance. Built-in libraries are typically used to pattern and provide real-time detection or ana
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