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Millipore Biosafety RV Makes Campus Stop

Mobile Exhibit Showcases Company’s Products, Services

Visitors tour Millipore’s “Life: Expressed” mobile biosafety exhibit in the parking lot at Cumnock Hall.

By Edwin L. Aguirre

Millipore’s biosafety RV made a one-day stop on the North Campus on May 25 as part of its “Life: Expressed” cross-country tour. Millipore is a Billerica-based life science company that is a leading provider of technologies, tools and services for bioscience research and biopharmaceutical manufacturing.

“The tour is a way for the company to reach out to our customers and highlight the expertise, products and services we offer,” says Shannon Meirzon, Millipore’s thought leadership manager.

The RV features hands-on and multimedia demonstrations of Millipore’s virus and sterile filtration systems and solutions.

“Biosafety is about making sure the products the customers produce are pure; that is, no contamination,” says Meirzon.

In addition to tours of the RV, Millipore conducted several on-campus technical presentations and poster sessions on topics such as assessing the risks involved with single-use systems, detecting mycoplasma and mitigating its risks and the future of new vaccine-enhancing agents.

“The tour is an effective and fun way for Millipore to spread its message of helpful products for the biopharmaceutical industry, with hands-on demonstrations that help to solve aseptic and virus safety challenges,” says chemical engineering Assoc. Prof. Carl Lawton, director of the Massachusetts Biomanufacturing Center at UMass Lowell. “There is a synergy in combining educational aspects of the tour with the Millipore Process Development Laboratory in the Massachusetts Biomanufacturing Center.”

Lawton says there is a great collaborative relationship between UMass Lowell and Millipore at many levels. 

“First is the training our students get with [Millipore-donated] state-of-the-art equipment and students who are ready to step into jobs at Millipore or other biopharmaceutical companies,” he says. “The others are sponsored research projects that are helpful to both Millipore and UMass Lowell.”

Last year, Millipore donated to the Center laboratory equipment and services worth $225,000. The equipment includes clarification, chromatography, ultrafiltration/diafiltration systems and disposable mixing systems. These are now being used for downstream purification research as well as for training students and industry professionals.

Millipore’s RV tour, which kicked off May 17 in St. Joseph, Mo., will continue throughout June and will include visits to more than 30 locations across the United States, including stops in California, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina and Oregon.

Jennifer Campbell, Millipore’s regional marketing manager for downstream processing, explains to a visitor the company’s single-use redundant filtration assembly.