Attana recently announced that it has been certified according to the International Organization for Standardization's 9001:2008 quality management systems standard.
Jesper Isaksson, quality assurance manager at the Stockholm, Sweden-based firm, said in a statement that the certification is a "validation and confirmation" of Attana's quality management processes. Isaksson also noted that since the company's biosensors are used in drug development, it is important that Attana's standards meet ISO requirements.
Founded a decade ago, Attana sells a number of systems for cell and biochemical assays that are run using the company's sensor chips. The chips rely on Attana's Quartz Crystal Microbalance technology, which gauges molecular interaction by measuring vibration frequency changes on the chip's quartz crystal surface as molecules flow over it.
Attana sells a menu of sensor chips optimized to study biomolecules such as proteins, nucleic acids, and carbohydrates; and also binding moieties of different sizes, from peptides to cells.
According to Attana, its ISO certificate is valid for the development and sales of life science analysis systems and associated consultancy services. The certification was carried out over six months by Norske Veritas, a Norwegian classification foundation, Attana said.