BioLife Solutions Achieves Certification
BioLife Solutions, Inc. , a leading developer, manufacturer, and marketer of biopreservation tools for cells, tissues, and organs, announced that it has successfully completed audits of its quality systems and GMP production facility in Bothell, Washington by BSI Group and has been issued a certification to ISO 13485:2003, an international standard for quality systems supporting the design, development, and manufacture of medical devices.
Mike Rice, BioLife’s chairman and CEO, noted, “This achievement is a strategic quality milestone for BioLife. Our growing clinical customer base expects us to set a high bar for the production of our GMP biopreservation media products, since many customer applications include the use of our products as a combined preservative/injection delivery solution for cell-based therapies used to treat cancer, heart failure, and a host of other diseases. We’re continuing to enhance the quality footprint of our proprietary, best-in-class HypoThermosol® and CryoStor(TM) biopreservation media products with this certification and updates to our FDA Master Files. Furthermore, we expect to achieve CE Mark conformity for our products in 2010.”
In addition to certification to ISO 13485, BioLife’s manufacturing facility and quality systems adhere to 21 CFR Part 820 – Quality System Regulation for Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) of medical devices, 21 CFR Parts 210 and 211 covering GMP for Aseptic Production, Volume 4, EU Guidelines, Annex 1 for the Manufacture of Sterile Medicinal Products, ISO 13408 for aseptic processing of healthcare products, and ISO 14644 for Clean Rooms and Associated Controlled Environments.
Rice continued, “We also successfully completed quality audits of our new GMP production facility and quality systems by several strategic customers and continue to build our profile as the first choice for clinical grade preservation, transport, freezing, and injection media solutions for cell-based products. We’re pleased that a growing number of clinical customers have selected our products over commercial competitors or internal formulation of preservation media, often made using lower quality components in sub-optimal processes. We’re also very pleased to support our customers with custom packaging and custom formulations of our serum-free, protein-free, pre-formulated biopreservation media products.”
About BioLife Solutions
BioLife Solutions develops, manufactures, and markets patented hypothermic storage/transport and cryopreservation media products for cells, tissues, and organs. The Company’s proprietary HypoThermosol® and CryoStor(TM) platform of biopreservation media products are marketed to academic research institutions, hospitals, and commercial companies involved in cell therapy, tissue engineering, cord blood banking, drug discovery, and toxicology testing. BioLife’s GMP products are serum-free and protein-free, fully defined, and pre-formulated to reduce preservation-induced, delayed-onset cell damage and death. Comprehensive small animal intravenous safety studies have been completed on HypoThermosol and CryoStor, and both products are supported by US FDA Master Files. BioLife’s enabling technology provides research and clinical organizations significantly enhanced post-preservation cell and tissue viability and function. BioLife Solutions is certified to ISO 13485:2003. For more information please visit www.biolifesolutions.com.
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