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[23 Mar 2017 | ]

“Lit d’air fluidisé : Granulation, Enrobage et Encapsulation”

Malvern, leader en caractérisation des particules, SDTech Micro, expert des poudres fines, et son partenaire technique Glatt, leader mondial en lit d’air fluidisé, organisent deux journées techniques pour aborder les enjeux et les nouveautés technologiques des procédés de granulation, d’enrobage et d’encapsulation en lit d’air fluidisé. Rappels théoriques et ateliers pratiques sont au programme.
THEMATIQUES :
25 avril :

Présentation de SDTech et de Glatt
Lit d’air fluidisé, techniques et technologies
De la poudre aux grains, caractérisation
1er atelier : Granulation en lit d’air fluidisé

26 avril :

Sécurité des poudres …

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Dynamic Light Scattering, Electrophoretic light scattering, Meet the Experts, Static Light Scattering, Zeta potential, Zetasizer »

[16 Mar 2017 | ]

Recently, I hosted a webinar which discussed what surface zeta potential is and how it can be measured. The webinar attracted huge interest and it was a pleasure to see so many people attending and asking some excellent questions. In fact, there were so many questions asked, that we ran out of time at the end of the webinar and had to answer many of them via e-mail. Some of these are listed below.
The webinar discussed the zeta potential of solid, planar surfaces (rather than colloidal dispersions or molecular solutions) …

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Archimedes - Particle Metrology System, Malvern Events, Meet the Experts, MicroCal, OMNISEC, Viscosizer TD »

[14 Mar 2017 | ]

Malvern Instruments is known for particle sizing technologies. Did you know that many of our instruments are used to characterize proteins, nucleic acids, liposomes, exosomes, and other biomolecules?
Our instruments are used in academic and government research labs, as well as pharmaceutical and biotech companies.
In North America, we have a team of field application scientists and sales consultants who are focused on biomolecule characterization using microcalorimetry, light scattering, Taylor dispersion analysis, nanoparticle tracking analysis, resonant mass measurement, and size-exclusion chromatography.
In the upcoming months, Malvern representatives are attending the scientific conferences listed …

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Français, Meet the Experts, Zeta potential, Zetasizer »

[13 Mar 2017 | ]

Les deuxièmes ateliers de l’IFTS (Institut de Filtration et des Techniques Séparatives) auront lieu les 15 et 16 mars à Foulayronnes (près d’Agen).
Cette année, ces ateliers seront dédiés à la caractérisation des boues et suspensions.
Le mercredi 15 mars, de 15H15 à 15H30, Michel Terray et Alain Blasco présenteront le Zetasizer WT, appareil pour la mesure en ligne du potentiel zêta lors d’une conférence intitulée “Process control of water treatment and filtration by zeta potential measurement” contenant :

Intérêt du potentiel zêta dans le suivi de floculation
Exemple d’application chez Wemlinger et Severn Trent Water
Retour d’expérience basé sur …

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Dynamic Light Scattering, Molecular size, Particle concentration, Particle size, Protein Aggregation, Tech Talk, Zetasizer »

[7 Mar 2017 | ]

How can I use DLS for sample xyz?
What sample concentration / refractive index is needed for reliable DLS size measurements?

Has it been done before?
In Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS) intensity fluctuations in the sample are analyzed to obtain size information on the sample. The technique is applicable to a wide size range from sub-nanometer up to a few microns. In order to obtain a meaningful result, a minimum scattering signal strength must be present. Malvern’s Zetasizer Nano software contains a calculator to help estimate the required minimum concentration.
If anyone else has …

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Differential Scanning Calorimetry, Label-free analysis, Malvern Events, MicroCal, Microcalorimetry, Protein higher order structure »

[1 Mar 2017 | ]

The NEW MicroCal PEAQ-DSC – the gold standard for thermal stability determination
Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) is an established biophysical tool for protein stability characterization during drug development. DSC data are used to advance the most stable and ‘developable’ proteins into the pipeline, and optimize the process and formulation conditions which will maintain protein stability during manufacturing and storage. DSC data are also important in higher order structure (HOS) protein characterization, lot-to-lot comparability, and characterization of biosimilar drugs compared to innovators.
Our previous technology, the MicroCal VP-Capillary DSC Automated system, is a …

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Gel permeation chromatography, Molecular weight, OMNISEC, Size Exclusion Chromatography, Tech Talk »

[23 Feb 2017 | ]

Recently, I’ve presented a new webinar focusing on the protein characterization using the OMNISEC, the highest quality Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC) / Size Exclusion Chromatography (SEC) system for the measurement of absolute molecular weight, molecular size, intrinsic viscosity, branching and other parameters. Thank you to all participants for your interest and attention during the webinar.
In this webinar, I highlighted the key features and benefits of the OMNISEC system. How to run samples and analyze data and how to access repeatability of multiple sample measurements.

As usual, after the live section of …

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Differential Scanning Calorimetry, Malvern Events, MicroCal, Tech Talk »

[14 Feb 2017 | ]

My introduction to Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) was a postdoctoral fellow in the late 1980s.  I was producing mutant forms of the enzyme thymidylate synthase, and I needed to characterize the effects amino acid changes had on the overall stability of the protein.  Using a DSC instrument at our facility, I compared the thermal stability of the different mutants to wild-type protein by ranking the thermal transition temperature (TM). As I recall, I needed about 2 mg -4 mg protein per DSC experiment, which was a lot of protein at …

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Français, Malvern Events, MicroCal, OMNISEC, Viscosizer TD »

[9 Feb 2017 | ]

 
Nous serons présents sur le Salon Forum Labo du 28 au 30 Mars 2017 sur le stand D54 E55 face au stand de PANalytical.
Cette proximité permettra de démontrer la complémentarité de nos gammes de mesure puisque Malvern et PANalytical ont fusionné leur activité depuis le 1er Janvier 2017.
Lors du salon Forum Labo 2017, vous pourrez découvrir :

Le nouveau microcalorimètre différentiel à balayage MicroCal PEAQ-DSC permettant le criblage d’un grand nombre d’échantillons à faible concentration, ce qui minimise la consommation d’échantillons précieux et le temps d’intervention des utilisateurs.  La DSC mesure …

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Gel permeation chromatography, Malvern Events, OMNISEC, Size Exclusion Chromatography »

[7 Feb 2017 | ]

Last year we asked you to tell us about your most interesting or challenging Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC) / Size Exclusion Chromatography (SEC) sample and why it presented such a challenge. For instance, if you’ve made two polymers which should be different but you can’t tell apart; or have polymers that are so small you don’t have the sensitivity to measure accurately.
The top 3 submissions that presented the biggest challenge to our new OMNISEC advanced GPC/SEC system would be awarded with a full sample analysis along with a prize of …

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Differential Scanning Calorimetry, Label-free analysis, Malvern Events, Meet the Experts, MicroCal, Microcalorimetry, Protein higher order structure »

[2 Feb 2017 | ]

We are proud to announce Malvern Instruments’s Gold Sponsorship of Global Engage’s Biosimilars and Biologics Congress 2017.  This two-day event will be taking place on Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th March 2017, at the Leonardo Royal Hotel Berlin Alexanderplatz.
This meeting will be attended by industry, regulatory and academic experts from all areas of protein, antibody and biosimilar research and will comprise three topic streams: Innovations in Antibody-based Therapeutics; Expression, Purification and Characterization (with a particular focus on product stability and half-life); Biosimilars.
Natalia Markova, Principal Scientist, Malvern MicroCal, will be discussing …

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Differential Scanning Calorimetry, Label-free analysis, Malvern Events, Meet the Experts, MicroCal, Microcalorimetry, Protein higher order structure »

[31 Jan 2017 | ]

DSC for the regulated environment
 

 
Advancing biotherapeutic molecules along the drug development pipeline is a complex, time-consuming and expensive process. Good stability is key to a candidate’s progression, and must be assessed and reviewed throughout development – from candidate selection, through formulation development, all the way to batch-to-batch comparability or biosimilarity assessment….and beyond! Objective, reliable stability data is needed for confident decision-making about which drug products and processes to move through development into commercialization.
Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) is a biophysical tool for protein stability characterization. The MicroCal VP-Capillary DSC system, launched in 2002, …

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Meet the Experts, Molecular weight, OMNISEC, Particle size, Tech Talk, Zeta potential, Zetasizer »

[30 Jan 2017 | ]

Malvern Instruments takes part at the 8th International Symposium on the Separation and Characterization of Natural and Synthetic Macromolecules (SCM-8) at Rhone Events & Congrescenter. The main interest of the conference is the separation and characterization of large molecules. The target audience includes specialists from analytical chemistry, polymer science, and life-science communities.
Malvern is a sponsor of the conference so keep an eye out for us at our booth. In addition, I will give a talk on Thursday February, 2nd about ‘Combining Multi-Detector GPC Measurements with Ultra-High Performance GPC Separations’. The …

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Kinexus, Rheological and Viscosity, Tech Talk »

[17 Jan 2017 | ]

Why measure a viscosity flow curve, rather than just give a number?
 

Very often chemists are asked to provide a single viscosity value for a product or formulation without much information about the required conditions of the measurement.  For an oil or low viscosity liquid which is Newtonian this is pretty straightforward, so long as your viscometer is properly calibrated and the measurement temperature is provided. However, most industrially interesting or complex fluids such as polymer solutions, suspensions and emulsions are non-Newtonian, meaning that their viscosity varies with shear rate – …

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Electrophoretic light scattering, Protein Mobility, Tech Talk, Zetasizer »

[12 Jan 2017 | ]

Electrophoretic mobility measurements from proteins: How to protect proteins in an electric field
 
What is the protein mobility mode?
When applying an electric field to a sample containing protein molecules, there are a few considerations to take into account to avoid “over-stressing” delicate biomolecules. The force a charged object experiences in an electric field is proportional to its charge times the electric field. Therefore the electric field strength (defined by the applied voltage divided by the distance between the electrodes, in V/cm) is more relevant than the absolute value of the applied …

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Customer experience, Morphologi G3-ID »

[10 Jan 2017 | ]

At Malvern, we love hearing stories from our customers about how they use our technologies to help them better understand and control their products. From time to time we are going to share some of these stories in a feature we have entitled “Customer Spotlight”.
Our very first Customer Spotlight is from Amber Fradkin of the Particle Characterization Core Facility at KBI Biopharma in Boulder, CO. Amber received her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering within the Pharmaceutical Biotechnology Program, with a specialization in the field of immunogenicity of therapeutic protein aggregates, at the University …

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Customer experience, OMNISEC »

[3 Jan 2017 | ]

One of the best parts of a job as a Product Manager or Technical Specialist is the continual learning that comes from customer interactions, relationships and collaborations. Visiting a new lab, learning about new areas of research and helping to guide measurements with real meaning and consequences is both enjoyable and rewarding.
This is particularly true when starting a new academic collaboration.  At Malvern, we’re pleased to announce that we are starting a new collaborative partnership with Professor Rigoberto Advincula at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) to use advanced multi-detector gel-permeation …

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Dynamic Light Scattering, Molecular size, Molecular structure, Particle size, Tech Talk, Zetasizer »

[27 Dec 2016 | ]

How to measure it with DLS?
What virus concentration is needed for reliable DLS size measurements?
 
What is a virus?
In cell biology, a virus is a self assembly of organic molecules (mainly proteins) in the size range 20 nm – 300 nm (diameter). Viruses hold great interest for human gene therapy researchers, and the AAV-2  virus shown to the left is an example.
How to size a virus in solution?

One of the techniques available to size viruses (as well as other biological nanoparticles) is Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS), where intensity fluctuations in a small …

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Isothermal Titration Calorimetry, MicroCal, Microcalorimetry »

[13 Dec 2016 | ]

Ah, the holidays are here! This is the time of year when we enjoy special ‘once a year’ holiday meals and treats with family and friends. There are the succulent cuts of meat, marbled with fat…..perhaps you have a holiday goose or duck. There are the vegetables and pastas coated with butter, cheese, or cream sauces. There are the rich, buttery desserts. Let’s not forget the candy, chips, eggnog, and almost every delicious, decadent item we eat or drink. We all have our favorite holiday dishes, which are likely high …

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Inside Malvern, Zetasizer »

[9 Dec 2016 | ]

It’s lovely to work in the Malvern Instruments Headquarter at this time of year.  Our usually functional but slightly dull open plan offices are festooned with festive decorations, as each team and department tries to out-do the rest with the flashiest and gaudiest display possible. Of all the departments at Malvern, NPI (New Product Introduction) has really gone to town this year.  Maybe that’s because they have a secret weapon…. snazzy 3D printed, all singing, all dancing, exclusively designed decorations.
For the second year running, Rowena Innocent, Engineering Director, had organised a friendly competition to …

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