Billerica, Massachusetts, March 21, 2016 – The life science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, which operates as MilliporeSigma in the United States and Canada, today announced introduced the IsoBag™ for faster, easier and more convenient transfer of contact and settle plates to production isolators.

The new IsoBag™ offers a more streamlined alternative for environmental monitoring, and helps make workflows more efficient, productive and flexible. In traditional environmental monitoring workflows, single-bagged plates are decontaminated and stored in the isolator. Limited space in the isolator allows storage of only a small supply of ready-to-use plates. When this supply runs out, workflows are interrupted for additional decontamination cycles. The new IsoBag™ increases operation up-time by eliminating these decontamination cycles and allowing for an uninterrupted workflow.
“An uninterrupted workflow means improved productivity for our environmental monitoring customers,” said Theresa S. Creasey, head of Applied Solutions Strategic
Marketing and Innovation at MilliporeSigma. “We understand how precious time and lab space are to our customers. Our new IsoBag™ is a great example of our continued focus on the development of high-impact innovations.”

The complete product is gamma-irradiated for immediate use and includes sterile bags for safe transport of used plates.

The IsoBag™ extends MilliporeSigma’s comprehensive portfolio of products specifically designed for environmental monitoring in isolators and critical cleanrooms. All plates are produced in cleanrooms and are available with four neutralizers for inactivation of a wide range of disinfectants and inhibiting residues.
The plates are designed for long shelf life and room temperature stability and meet European and U.S. pharmacopeia recommendations.