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Reliably automating blood and stem cell banking

Reliably automating blood and stem cell banking

500 Biosafe Sepax systems, used for automated adult stem cell banking and cell processing applications, rely on Cool Muscle from Reliance Precision, delivering robust and reliable laboratory automation.

Headquartered in Switzerland, Biosafe develops, manufactures and supplies innovative solutions for cell processing in bioprocessing, regenerative medicine and stem cell banking. Among its innovative products is the Sepax system, an automated, mobile, closed unit for the efficient and consistent processing of umbilical cord blood, bone marrow, peripheral blood or other cell based products. 

Fulfilling the core needs of the stem cell processor, the Sepax systems offers highly efficient and consistent cell recoveries, easy handling and safety of processing, and full traceability with GMP compliance. The combination of the main processing unit, application-specific software and single-use kits allows for the controlled separation of cellular products in a fully automated and secured environment. The PC-based device requires no operator intervention during the separation procedure, virtually eliminating operator influenced processing errors. 

Biosafe began trialling Reliance’s Cool Muscle motors in 2010 in its Sepax systems, using the motor to help accurately separate the different cell components via the single-use cell separation kits. The Cool Muscle motor senses when the different single-use cryobags are filled with the correct amount of cellular products and was so successful in trials that Biosafe has continued to use it in its Sepax systems, more than 500 of which are now in use world-wide. 

Julien Camisani, scientific and technical director at Biosafe explains: “We used to have step motors in our automated blood banking systems but this process was sometimes inefficient. Since adding the Cool Muscle motors to our Sepax systems we have not experienced any of the issues we did when using step motors. We are so satisfied with the excellent quality of the Cool Muscle motors that we intend to continue using them in our Sepax systems and in future development projects.”

Stephen Guy, Reliance’s business manager for life sciences, comments: “We’re delighted to hear that our Cool Muscle motors are making such a difference in the Sepax systems. Biosafe’s continuing use of our motors in this important life science application is an excellent endorsement and demonstrates to laboratory automation suppliers that Reliance can consistently provide high-quality components for producing robust, reliable laboratory automation and processing platforms.”

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