Small Sample Viscometers Help Biotech Company Speed Drug Development Cycle


A Massachusetts-based biotech company specializing in innovative therapies for neurological disorders is using Cambridge Viscosity small sample viscometers to reduce drug development time. The company purchased four VISCOlab 5000 viscometers to measure the viscosity of proteins used in drug therapies. The highly automated systems, which require very little maintenance, will also help the company to achieve standardization between its Massachusetts and California-based labs

The company selected the Cambridge viscometers because they are easy to use and require a very small sample size-only 75 microliters of sample is needed to measure viscosity. The ability to measure viscosity at the R&D stage allows researchers to reformulate or eliminate drug candidates early in the development process. For example, if the concentration of protein in a solution is too high, its viscosity will be too high, rendering the drug not administrable to patients. Measuring viscosity early on enables researchers to focus on effective therapies with higher concentrations of injectable drugs and lower viscosity levels, therapies that ultimately benefit patients by reducing swelling and increasing comfort.

The company's lead scientist says the viscometers are very easy to operate and provide accurate, repeatable results. "A technician can set up the test parameters and let it run through the sequence unattended. The viscosity information we receive allows us to look at viscosity early in the development cycle rather than at more advanced stages, potentially saving significant development time. The benefits of using viscosity as a screening tool are tremendous, and is now practical with the VISCOlab 5000."

About Cambridge Viscosity

Cambridge Viscosity sets the standard for extraordinarily precise, reliable and low maintenance viscosity measurement and control systems. Patented oscillating piston technology ensures accurate, true results across a broad range of lab and in-line applications, including oil and gas, specialty coatings, paints and inks, bio/pharmaceuticals and other substances.

Cambridge Viscosity's sensors and viscometer systems conform to ASTM, DIN, JIS and ISO standards, with a range of models designed to meet specific industry and application needs. Certifications include ATEX, FM and CE.

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