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25-Apr-2019

Lonza’s Fully Automated Plate-Based Robotic Solution Enables Simple, Fast and Reliable Endotoxin Detection

Walkersville, MD (USA) / Basel (CH), 25 April 2019 – Lonza today announced the global availability of the world’s first fully automated and integrated plate-based PyroTec™ PRO Robotic Solution for endotoxin testing. Combining the speed and reproducibility of a robotic liquid handling platform with the power of version 6.0 of Lonza’s market-leading WinKQCL™ Software, the system simplifies and accelerates endotoxin testing of parenteral pharmaceuticals regardless of sample complexity.

"At Lonza we are committed to developing new technologies to enable a safer and healthier living," said Allen Burgenson, Global Subject Matter Expert for Testing Services at Lonza. "In line with this vision, our new PyroTec™ PRO Robotic Platform offers quick time-to-result to expedite the delivery of safe medicines to improve patient healthcare. Scientists at QC testing laboratories can feel confident that the generated results will result in a reduction in human error, which will ultimately benefit patient safety." 

Conventional endotoxin detection methods for parenteral pharmaceuticals are labor-intensive and error-prone, as they involve manual data entry and template set-up steps. As a consequence, the reliability of results can be compromised and the retest rate increased. At the same time, no metadata is associated with the manual steps, which limit traceability and the laboratory’s audit capability. 

"Less work for quicker and better results – that is Lonza’s simple yet profound goal for our endotoxin testing customers," said Robert Porzio, Product Manager for Endotoxin Detection at Lonza. "Our PyroTec™ PRO Automated Robotic Solution reduces manual intervention considerably, minimizing the human error potential and the need for repeat test runs – all of which help enhance laboratory efficiencies. As a fully automated system, the PyroTec™ PRO Solution captures preparation metadata, adding traceability into tracking, trending and audit controls."

The PyroTec™ PRO Solution is being tested for ease-of-use in a trial carried out at Lonza’s Chemical and Microbial Manufacturing site in Visp (CH). 

Dr. Jan Erik Rau, Head of the QC Microbiology Department at the site, explained: "The user will be able to operate the system without any programming or scripting knowledge. The robot automatically executes all processing required to complete an analytical run, while the intuitive WinKQCL™ Software v6.0 receives and saves the results and then transfers them into and out of laboratory information management systems or Lonza’s MODA™ Solution."

Additionally, the platform has been designed intrinsically to follow the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Process Analytical Technology and Data Integrity Initiatives and to comply with the U.S. Pharmacopeia Bacterial Endotoxin Test guidance. 

More information is available on www.lonza.com/endotoxin-automation

About Lonza 
Lonza is an integrated solutions provider that creates value along the Healthcare Continuum®. Through our Pharma Biotech & Nutrition segment and our Specialty Ingredients segment businesses, we harness science and technology to serve markets along this continuum. We focus on creating a healthy environment, promoting a healthier lifestyle and preventing illness through consumers' preventive healthcare, as well as improving patient healthcare by supporting our customers to deliver innovative medicines that help treat or even cure severe diseases. 

Patients and consumers benefit from our ability to transfer our pharma know-how to the healthcare, hygiene and fast-moving consumer goods environment and to the preservation and protection of the world where we live. 

Founded in 1897 in the Swiss Alps, Lonza today is a well-respected global company with more than 100 sites and offices and approximately 15,500 full-time employees worldwide at the end of 2018. The company generated sales of CHF 5.5 billion in 2018 with a CORE EBITDA of CHF 1.5 billion. Further information can be found at www.lonza.com.

Lonza Contact Information
Petra Haberkamm
Manager Marketing Communications
Lonza Cologne GmbH
Tel +49 221 991990
petra.haberkamm@lonza.com

Constance Ward 
Head External Communications
Lonza Group Ltd
Tel +41 61 316 8840
constance.ward@lonza.com

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Lonza Group Ltd has its headquarters in Basel, Switzerland, and is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange. It has a secondary listing on the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited ("SGX-ST"). Lonza Group Ltd is not subject to the SGX-ST’s continuing listing requirements but remains subject to Rules 217 and 751 of the SGX-ST Listing Manual.

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Last Updated: 25-Apr-2019