Category Archives: Cleanroom News

Surface Sampling for ISO Class 5 Primary Engineering Controls


Contact Plates and Clean-Up In the compounding of pharmaceuticals, Primary Engineering Controls (PECs) are critical in ensuring final product integrity and public safety. Equipment such as compounding aseptic isolators (CAIs) and biological safety cabinets (BSCs) must be contamination free, and this requires diligent monitoring to maintain standards to PEC ISO 5 classification. According to USP [Read More…]

Do Gloves Impact Your Work and Health?

Two blue medical latex gloved hands palms out fingers spread

We’ve Got You Covered It has been said that one of the (arguably very few) upsides of the COVID pandemic has been the opportunity to step out of our own reality and appreciate another person’s perspective, to walk, metaphorically at least, in their shoes. During the last year, for instance, we have certainly been given [Read More…]

Isopropyl Alcohols – How Much Do You Really Know About the Mogul of the Cleanroom?


In the cleanroom environment, there is none more popular than isopropyl alcohol. It wields great power and has many useful qualities. According to strict definition from, ‘alcohols are among the most common organic compounds. They are used as sweeteners and in making perfumes, are valuable intermediates in the synthesis of other compounds, and are [Read More…]

Smart Fungus Among Us – Can Mushrooms Architect the Materials of the Future?


Biosensing Technology When we think of fungi – and who doesn’t when we all have so much extra time to ponder the bizarre? – we tend to think of either the mushrooms we add to our Friday night pizza or the trippy psilocybin-laden ‘magic mushrooms’ that are, we understand, enjoying something of a renaissance as [Read More…]

Masks, Microbes, and Mushrooms – How Are You Protecting Against Fungi in the Cleanroom?

Fungemia, systemic fungal infection, Candida fungi in blood

We recently revisited the subject of fungal and microbial pathogens in contamination-controlled environments such as cleanrooms and were pleasantly excited to note the significant degree to which the topic sparked discussion. One of the main threads within our community concerned the selection and application of the most effective disinfectants to thwart the advances of the [Read More…]

Revisiting the Unsanitary/Insanitary Conundrum of Custom Biopharmaceuticals

Machine for making capsules

Compounding the Problem? If we were called upon to characterize last year in just two words, we would undoubtedly select unprecedented and pandemic as the most obvious watchwords of 2020. And at this point in time their definition is abundantly clear. But, as we start 2021, a couple of terms have resurfaced that apparently remain [Read More…]

Cleanroom News: Top 5 Articles of 2020

2020 Cleanroom News Top Articles

Happy New Year and here’s to shutting the door firmly on the horror that was 2020. It’s hard to imagine that the terms ‘Best of…’ and ‘2020’ can come together in a sentence, but we’re running with it nonetheless. Every week of this annus horribilis, we have brought you stories that inform, inspire, and uplift, [Read More…]

Reptiles to the Rescue: Could Dragon’s Blood Offer Ancient Antidotes?

Walking komodo dragon isolated on white, with clipping path

We talk a lot about vaccines these days, and for good reason. But it’s easy to forget that, even in the excitement swirling around COVD-19 vaccine development, other bio-medical research is quietly also being conducted in our nation’s cleanrooms and laboratories. So we’re going to take a mini ‘Pandemic Pause’ today and shift the focus [Read More…]

COVID versus Camelid: Do Nanobodies Do a Body Good?

COVID versus Camelid

Very occasionally a story emerges that stops us in our tracks and gives us pause for reflection. This year has seen its fair share of those, it must be admitted, because 2020 has – by anyone’s measure – been quite the year. And so it is again that today’s pandemic ponderings revolves around cleanroom COVID-19 [Read More…]

What is the Future for the Flying Car?

Autogyro in flight with rotating propellers

Terrafugia or Terre Firme? One of the few experiences we didn’t think we’d miss in our ‘new normal’ is that of commercial airline travel. After all, it’s hard to refute the idea that, during the last decade or so, the erstwhile ‘friendly skies’ are simply no longer, well… friendly any more. With increased ticket prices, [Read More…]