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New Products: Dec 18, 2008

GE Healthcare this week launched the ÄKTAready a liquid chromatography system for process scale-up and production for phase II drug development and full-scale production to GLP and cGMP standards.
In a statement, GE said that ÄKTAready improves cost efficiency and productivity by saving time and expenditure for start-up, labor, and consumables. It operates with ready-to-use disposable flow paths, and comprises the chromatography unit, Unicorn software, and a disposable ReadytoProcess Flow Kit, including sensors and detection flow cells.
ÄKTAready is part of GE’s portfolio of ReadytoProcess solution for increasing efficiency in biopharmaceutical production.

The Scan

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