Pharmaceutical

Sterigenics International LLC Acquires Toxikon’s European Laboratory Business

Acquisition creates the leading global extractables and leachables lab testing platform to serve the pharmaceutical and medical device industries

CLEVELAND, OH. – Oct. 31, 2017—Sterigenics International LLC announced today that it has acquired Toxikon Europe N.V., the European division of Toxikon Corporation, a Bedford, Mass.-based preclinical contract research organization. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Toxikon Europe N.V. provides a suite of integrated analytical, material characterization and microbiological services to the pharmaceutical, medical device and biologics industries. The company’s unrivaled extractables and leachables (E&L) testing expertise and leading database enhance the flexibility and speed with which its life science customers can bring their products to market.

This acquisition provides a more comprehensive service offering and a platform for growth for Sterigenics International’s Nelson Labs business. Nelson Labs will now offer Toxikon Europe’s leading E&L capabilities to its customers around the world and in kind, offer Nelson Labs leading microbiological services to Toxikon Europe’s customers.

“Toxikon Europe’s geographic foothold and expert analytical testing platform enable our global expansion and ability to provide significantly greater value to customers,” said Michael B. Petras Jr., CEO of Sterigenics International. “We are excited to welcome a strong management team, with over 150 years of aggregate industry experience, and the highly trained Toxikon Europe employees to our company.”

Toxikon Europe’s capabilities are both complementary and additive to Nelson Labs’ existing testing portfolio and, in combination, make Nelson Labs one of the premiere global E&L laboratory testing platforms for the pharmaceutical and medical device industries.

As part of this deal, Nelson Labs and Toxikon USA will enter into a long-term supply arrangement under which Nelson Labs will outsource in-vivo biocompatibility to Toxikon USA.

“The acquisition of Toxikon Europe and our ongoing partnership with Toxikon USA support our strategy to offer greater breadth of services to meet the demands of our rapidly growing, global customer base,” said Jeff Nelson, President of Nelson Labs. “We are now able to serve the pharmaceutical and medical device industries continuously from the early stages of product development through manufacturing, sterilization, and quality assurance testing.”

“For Toxikon Europe, the acquisition by Sterigenics International validates our success and provides our customers with additional resources,” said Dr. Laxman Desai, President and CEO, Toxikon Corporation. “Our team at Toxikon USA looks forward to our continued partnership with Nelson Labs.”

Jos Bollen, Managing Director, Toxikon Europe, added, “Our customers, who are increasingly focused on quality and safety, will continue to receive the superior service and quality they have come to know from Toxikon Europe. In addition, our breadth of service and our reach will be enhanced with the expertise and industry leadership of Sterigenics International’s Nelson Labs.”

About Sterigenics International LLC
Sterigenics International LLC, along with its affiliates, is the world’s leading, fully integrated protector of global health.  With over 500 years of combined scientific expertise, the company ensures the safety of healthcare by providing mission-critical services to the medical device, pharmaceutical, tissue and food industries.  Sterigenics International operates 60 facilities in 13 countries across the Americas, Europe and Asia.  The company has 2,600 employees globally and touches the lives of more than 180 million people around the world each year.  With more than 6,000 customers worldwide, Sterigenics International goes to market through its three best-in-class companies – Nelson Labs, Nordion and Sterigenics – with the mission of ensuring the safety of healthcare each and every day.  Nelson Labs offers leading microbiological and analytical testing and consultancy to customers in the medical device, tissue/implantable, pharmaceutical and biologics fields.  Nordion is the world’s largest provider of Cobalt-60 used in the gamma sterilization process as well as medical isotopes used in the diagnosis and treatment of various diseases and cancers.  Sterigenics provides contract sterilization and ionization services for the medical device, pharmaceutical, food safety, and high-performance materials industries.  Sterigenics International LLC is owned by private equity firms Warburg Pincus and GTCR. Learn more about Sterigenics at sterigenics.com, about Nordion at nordion.com and about Nelson Labs at nelsonlabs.com.

About Toxikon Europe N.V.
Toxikon Europe is an independent, privately owned Contract Research Organization, specialized in providing premium Extractable & Leachable Services to the Pharmaceutical Industry. Based in Belgium, Toxikon Europe supports Pharma Companies – across the Globe – in developing worldwide compliant
(FDA, EMA) Testing Strategies to qualify Container/Closure Applications and Pharmaceutical Production Equipment from an Extractable & Leachable Perspective. In addition, the Toxikon group also provides Biocompatibility Testing Services (In-Vivo and In-Vitro testing) to both the Medical Device and the pharmaceutical Industries. Toxikon is ISO 17025 Accredited, GLP-Certified and GMP Accredited. Toxikon is also FDA registered.

Media Contacts:
Sterigenics International – Amy McGahan, 216-241-3027, amcgahan@dix-eaton.com
Toxikon Europe N.V. – Jos Bollen, 32 16 400484, Jos.Bollen@toxikon.be
Toxikon USA – Branden Morris, 781-275-3330 X 7141, branden.morris@toxikon.com

Sterigenics International and Noxilizer Announce Partnership

Sterigenics International and Noxilizer announce partnership to provide NO2 sterilization for pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device products

Agreement supports customers with global manufacturing networks

October 3, 2017 (Baltimore, MD and Broadview Heights, OH) Noxilizer, Inc. and Sterigenics International LLC announce the signing of a global agreement that will make Sterigenics the exclusive worldwide provider of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) contract sterilization services, as well as feasibility and research studies, to the pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device manufacturing industries.

NO2-based sterilization was first commercialized by Noxilizer in 2012. Customers prefer nitrogen dioxide sterilization for its key advantages: ultra-low temperature (10°-30°C), minimal pressure requirements, no cytotoxic residuals, and fast cycle times (2-4 hours, including aeration). NO2 sterilization opens new avenues for medical device innovation and has been shown to be particularly effective in the sterilization of prefilled syringes, drug-device combination products, and custom implants.

“We are very excited about our partnership with Sterigenics, as together we can rapidly expand NO2 sterilization capability for our customers,” states Lawrence Bruder, President & CEO of Noxilizer. “Noxilizer’s customers will now have large-scale facilities to meet their needs for contract services, redundancy and increasing volumes.”

“Sterigenics is committed to providing our customers with efficient, state-of-the-art sterilization services using the processes best suited to their specific products,” says Philip Macnabb, President of Sterigenics. “We regularly monitor new technologies and are excited to be able to add NO2 processing to our suite of offerings.”

Noxilizer expects to have the first NO2 sterilization systems in place and operational in select Sterigenics’ facilities in the United States and Europe by the end of the year with additional installations to follow. As part of the agreement, Sterigenics will also offer nitrogen dioxide sterilization consulting services to its customers.

Customers will also be able to benefit from the integrated testing services available through Sterigenics International’s Nelson Laboratories business.  “This unique combination of cutting edge sterilization technologies, expert consulting support, and full-service testing services will provide customers with unrivaled support in getting products to market quickly and reliably,” says Jeff Nelson, President of Nelson Labs.

“Sterigenics has set a high standard for matching the needs of its customers with the best available sterilization technologies,” Lawrence Bruder concluded. “Noxilizer shares this commitment to excellence and we look forward to working with the Sterigenics International team as they continue to reshape the market.”

About Sterigenics International LLC:

Sterigenics International LLC, along with its affiliates, is a global leader in outsourced contract sterilization services, laboratory services, gamma technologies and medical isotopes, and the only vertically integrated sterilization company in the world. Operating out of 51 locations in 13 countries across the Americas, Europe and Asia, Sterigenics provides contract sterilization and ionization services for the medical device, pharmaceutical, food safety, and high-performance materials industries. Its affiliate Nordion positions Sterigenics as the world’s largest provider of Cobalt-60 used in the gamma sterilization process as well as medical isotopes used in the diagnosis and treatment of various diseases and cancers. Through Nelson Labs, Sterigenics offers microbiological and analytical testing and consultancy to assist customers in developing and maintaining sterilization solutions in medical devices, tissue/implantable products, and pharmaceuticals and biologics fields. Sterigenics International LLC and its affiliates serve more than 2,500 customers around the world and is owned by private equity firms Warburg Pincus and GTCR. Learn more about Sterigenics at sterigenics.com, about Nordion at nordion.com and about Nelson Labs at nelsonlabs.com.

About Noxilizer, Inc.:

Noxilizer, Inc. provides an ultra-low temperature nitrogen dioxide process that offers many benefits over traditional sterilization and biodecontamination methods. Noxilizer sells sterilization and biodecontamination equipment to pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device manufacturers. Noxilizer’s expert microbiology and material compatibility team is ready to partner to solve sterilization challenges through every phase of the process. Noxilizer, Inc. has offices in the United States and Japan. For more information, please visit: www.noxilizer.com.

Three-Day Webinar Series: Medical Device and Pharmaceutical Testing Regulatory Updates, Trends, and Anticipated Changes

Learn from the industry-leading experts at Nelson Laboratories in the three-day webinar series Medical Device and Pharmaceutical Testing Regulatory Updates, Trends, and Anticipated Changes including FDA, ISO, USP, and MDRs.

The experts at Nelson Labs are teaming with MD+DI to bring a live three-day webinar event that provides manufacturers of medical devices and pharmaceutical products with the most up-to-date regulatory updates, trends, and anticipated changes (including FDA, ISO, USP, and MDRs). Online registration is currently available on the MD+DI website. Many of those speaking contribute to committees that provide global guidance to safeguard patient health; each webinar will offer 15 minutes for audience questions with these experts. Details for each webinar are as follows:

OVERVIEW DAY 1

Title: Assessing Biocompatibility for Medical Devices: Updates, Trends, and Anticipated Changes

Date: Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Time: 11:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time (2:00 PM Atlantic Daylight Time)

Duration: 1 hour

Summary:

This presentation will discuss the recent and upcoming changes to regulatory documents and standards and how they will impact the overall biocompatibility assessment of medical devices. The presentation will include:

  • Discussion about how biocompatibility assessments are affected by the recent updates to the ISO 10993-1 document and the new European MDRs.
  • Anticipated changes to ISO 10993-18. Since the use of chemistry in the biocompatibility assessment of medical devices is gaining traction, the document that outlines how to use chemical characterization for these assessments is undergoing major revisions.
  • An overview of changes that are expected with the acceptance of in-vitro irritation testing.
  • A thorough review of the impact of the recently finalized ISO 18562 standard which specifically targets respiratory contact devices.

Presenters:

Thor Rollins, B.S., RM (NRCM)
Director, Toxicology and E&L Consulting

Matthew R. Jorgensen, PhD
Chemical and Materials Scientist

OVERVIEW DAY 2

Title: Sterilization Methodologies and Packaging Integrity Testing: Updates, Trends, and Anticipated Changes

Date: Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Time: 11:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time (2:00 PM Atlantic Daylight Time)

Duration: 1 hour

Summary:
Sterilization methodologies and packaging integrity testing are necessary to ensure patient safety. The sterilization portion of the webinar series discusses recent and upcoming changes to regulatory documents and standards such as:

  • Changes that impact steam, radiation, hydrogen peroxide, and ethylene oxide sterilization modalities.
  • What to expect in the new ISO document for hydrogen peroxide sterilization.

As part of the packaging presentation key points regarding the new European MDRs will be reviewed, including:

  • How medical device manufacturers can collect and document objective evidence of compliance for their packaging, look at designs that prevent microbial contamination at the point of use, and justify that the package is suitable for current use.
  • An introduction to a new leak-testing technology, Mass Extraction, that demonstrates container closure integrity in a non-destructive and rapid manner, will be presented. This new test meets the deterministic requirements as outlined in the newly published USP chapter 1207.

Presenters:

Martell K. Winters, B.S., SM (NRCM)
Director, Scientific Competency

Jason Pope, B.S., ASQ CQA
Senior Scientist

Wendy Mach, RM (NRCM), CQA (ASQ)
Packaging Section Leader

OVERVIEW DAY 3

Title: Cleanliness Testing for Medical Devices: Updates and Trends

Date: Thursday, 28 September 2017

Time: 11:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time (2:00 PM Atlantic Daylight Time)

Duration: 1 hour

Summary:

This presentation will cover the latest updates and current trends for medical device cleanliness testing. This webinar will include:

  • A review of the upcoming and highly anticipated orthopedic implant cleanliness ISO document.
  • A discussion about the testing considerations for certain additive manufacturing processes.
  • Guidance updates for reusable device validations.
  • An update regarding the reprocessing of single-use devices.

Presenters:

Alpa Patel, B.S., RM (NRCM)
Senior Scientist

Alexa Tatarian
Study Director III

Paul L. Littley, B.S.E
Consulting Manager

FTIR in Assessment of Medical Devices

By: Adam B. Brigham, B.S.; Matthew R Jorgensen, PhD

Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) analysis is a popular analytical tool for material screening. The technique works because each different type of molecular bond in a molecule vibrates differently, and there is often a set of molecular vibrations that involve the entire molecule that form a characteristic “fingerprint.” When measuring a molecular substance, it is possible to identify an organic substance by comparing its FTIR spectrum to a library. In cases where a substance is a mixture of molecular components, FTIR would not be the best option because a separation technique (e.g. chromatography) would need to take place before identification could occur. However, there are many cases for which FTIR analysis is a fast and inexpensive option.

FTIR can be a useful first step as an aid in the identification of an unknown residue. Even if an exact identification is not possible (e.g. in the case of mixed residue), FTIR can often help identify the class of compound which can assist in unknown investigations or process monitoring. For example, if high residual manufacturing material was found on a device, FTIR could be used as an investigational tool to help identify the source. If FTIR was unable to find a conclusive library comparison match, additional testing would need to take place.

FTIR shines when comparing two or more materials in-hand. For example, when particulates are found on a device, it may be necessary to attempt particle identification so that the source can be found and eliminated. Other analytical chemistry techniques would fail at this task, because the amount of particulate material is too small to analyze. FTIR can be conducted through a microscope so that the “fingerprint” of a single particle can be collected. This spectrum can be compared against potential contaminants (e.g. paper, fibers from clothing, or materials unique to the device manufacture), or a library of materials which can greatly narrow the possibilities.

There are also cases where the question being asked is, “does a certain process change my material?” FTIR is a great resource for polymer characterization. Depending on the nature of the material and process, it may be possible to pinpoint what the change is. For example, oxidation of a polymer is clearly indicated by the introduction of carbon-carbon double bonds. If the details of the change are not derivable, it can at least detect if a change has occurred. Perhaps a manufacturer considers changing the radiation dose for their material; they can measure the original device and a device irradiated at the new level comparatively to see if anything is different.

Any FTIR study relevant to medical devices should be carefully thought through and designed with expertise. Simply ordering of a single test without a specific objective in mind will be marginally useful. With smart design – powerful conclusions can be made.