Bioprocessing Industry

Personal Care

Reduce variability and ensure the quality of your manufacturing process

Ensure Product Safety

Products that come into contact with or penetrate the skin must have an osmolality within a specific physiological range to avoid damaging cells and tissues. In some instances, slightly hypo- or hyper-osmotic solutions are generated to promote wetting or drying effects.

Personal Care Product Testing

Osmolality has a wide range of applications for the manufacturing of skincare, personal lubricants, and optical products. For skincare and optical products, osmolality testing helps ensure that products fall within the ideal osmolality range to have either a moisturizing or drying effect.

Osmolality impacts the effect and safety of personal lubricants. The World Health Organization (WHO) stated that the osmolality of these solutions should not exceed 1200 mOsm/kg, with this limit decreasing to a more iso-osmotic level in the future.

Standardize Methods Across Instruments, People and Locations

The creation of harmonized protocols and operating standards is vital to ensure reproducible results every time, no matter the instrument, location or the operator. Reduce the variability of your assays and liquid handlers from lot to lot, lab to lab and site to site across a global organization by easily standardizing liquid measurement and performance across operators, pipettes, reagents, tips and plates. 

References

  • Aragona P et al. Physiochemical Properties of Hyaluronic Acid-Based Lubricant Eye Drops. Trans Vis Sci Tech. 2019;8(6):2.
  • Corrales R et al. Effects of Osmoprotectants on Hyperosmolar Stress in Cultured Human Corneal Epithelial Cells. Cornea 2008;27:574-579.
  • WHO/UNFPA/FHI, 2011-. Advisory Committee Notes to the Female Condom Technical Review Committee Meeting. [Geneva, Switzerland].

Freezing Point Depression – For Confidence in Your Personal Care Products

The freezing point of a liquid (a solvent) is depressed when another compound is added, therefore a solution has a lower freezing point than a pure solvent. Evaluating the freezing point depression of a sample can accurately measure the presence of all osmotically active substances in your sample.

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The Artel MVS simplifies fluid verification of all automated liquid handlers and multichannel pipettes. The system is fast, calculates all plate and well statistics (Relative Inaccuracy, Coefficient of Variation, Standard Deviation and Mean) and it is simple to set up and use. For all of its capabilities and low-cost point...the MVS is one of the best value purchases I have ever made for my lab.

Mark Orlowski

Pfizer

The Artel MVS makes it so easy to do a monthly verification that the 96 channel CORE head on my Hamilton Vantage is dispensing the correct volumes. Doing the confirmation gravimetrically would be so time consuming, but using the Artel dyes and the MVS makes it something one person can do in a single morning. The software is easy to use, and the instrument has not had any maintenance issues.

Katherine Schneider

Pfizer

This [OsmoTECH] instrument was a dream come true. The administrator can lock down features and dictate what users can and cannot do. Very easy to use and extremely reliable instrument.

Troy Franz

Paragon Bioservices

The best part of the [OsmoTECH] instrument is it gives accurate and reproducible results for any solution and most importantly in less than a minute you have the results.

Brijeshkumar Pandya

Nivagen Pharmaceuticals Inc.

[The OsmoTECH] achieves high quality and reproducible results. Easy instrument to use and well-presented software.

Claudia Chadford

Touchlight Genetics

[The OsmoTECH PRO] instrument is simple to operate with minimal consumables.

Greg Hautke

Baxter Healthcare

We use the PCS pipette calibration system. It has always been super reliable and accurate, and we have never had a single issue in the 8 years I have worked with it. The kits containing the solutions for the PCS are customizable, so you don't have to buy solutions you don't need. We do performance checks on our pipettes on a daily basis, so we could not live without it! It makes our jobs so much easier too!

Joan Kozlowski

Fresenius Kabi

The Artel PCS makes checking the pipetting proficiency of new hires quick and easy. It's also great for checking pipettes that may not be functioning properly.

Eric M

Sanofi

The Artel MVS has been a huge help for our lab in validating volumes on new automated liquid handlers. Always gives consistent results, easy to use, software is extremely straightforward, and any time we have an issue, it's super easy to get help from the Artel team. Thank you!

Leah Chong

Invitae

The MVS system is extremely useful for periodic performance QC testing of high-throughput liquid handlers, high-throughput liquid handler calibration, and various liquid handler/single channel pipette tip type/lot QC. The MVS system requires minimal maintenance and MVS manager software is intuitive to use and flexible to set up various plate layouts to meet user’s need. The customer service is very responsive and helpful. They provide a notification for calibrator plate re-certification annually ...

Hyun-Wu Lee

Canada's Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre

The [Artel MVS] product is accurate and reliable. With the addition of the pre-owned models of MVS readers, it also becomes affordable. The expansion of the dye solutions to include MasterMix and Serum along with their original aqueous offering makes Artel a definitive liquid class setup solution. The FSE performing setup and the account manager were on-time, responsive, and supportive during install and (most importantly) afterwards.

Kevin Kim

Avellino Labs

The Artel application scientist is easy to work with, knowledgeable about interpreting test data and giving advice, and flexible to help onsite if needed. I would recommend the Artel MVS because it saves time and material cost. Most important is having a standard method to calibrate different pipettes and optimize liquid class on automated liquid handlers while managing the sources of variability systematically.

Michelle Mak

10x Genomics

This [OsmoTECH PRO] osmometer is an accurate and convenient tool for the needs of our lab. Our lab works in the developmental stage of pharmaceuticals, and requires quick, precise bursts of osmolality checking for QC - and this instrument (with a load capacity of 20 samples) takes care of those needs. With developmental drugs, limited sample volume is often an issue - this instrument only needs 30uL (and takes ~90 seconds a measurement).

Sasha Sheptovitsky

Alexion Pharmaceuticals

Osmolality measurements are easy and reliable with this [OsmoTECH PRO] instrument.

Kevin Kent

Boehringer-ingelheim

[The OsmoTECH PRO is] very easy to use for all technicians in a quality control lab. Small sample size. Friendly technicians that explained how to use the product very well.

Cathy Gladkowski

Biologos LLC

[The OsmoTECH PRO is] very easy to use due to short analysis time and sample preparation.

Karthik Venkatachalam

Pfizer

[The OsmoTECH PRO is a] great system for multiple sample testing. Very straightforward and easy to use.

Bobby Grigoropoulos

Fresenius Kabi USA

[The OsmoTECH XT is] easy to use, reliable and self-navigating options menu.

Alexander Shapiro

Precision NanoSystems

The OsmoTECH PRO is working pretty well so far! ... As far as reproducibility, data integrity, ease of use etc. I think it is a very good upgrade for us! On the whole we’re quite happy, I'd recommend this device to a colleague looking for a new high throughput osmometer.

Sean Clements

Takeda

The [OsmoTECH] is highly effective and obtained results are of high quality. With this instrument I can develop my formulation for meeting the osmolality criteria for drug products.

Siva Bingi

Intas Pharmaceuticals

[The OsmoTECH is] easy to use and robust piece of equipment that met all our user and regulatory requirements. The hardware is sleek, efficient and easy to use. The integrated software has built in data integrity controls and is thoroughly tested through validation test scripts / reports.

J. Lacey

Replimune

The Artel PCS fulfills our requirements on ISO compliant pipette calibration and testing. Results are reproducible and variance is lower than in manual process. Personnel is easily trained on the device. Process is faster than manual process.

Andreas Heider

Axolabs GmbH

The MVS system is fairly intuitive to use. Not only can we use this for our internal automated liquid handler volume verification, tip test and calibration work, we have been using the system to offer external volume verification service to our collaborators. The system is very durable without significant issues and easy to maintain. MVS reagent orders are always processed and delivered in a timely manner. Our regional specialist periodically checks in to ask if the system is working as expected.

Hyun-Wu Lee

Canada's Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre

The [Artel MVS] is easy to use, gives accurate and reliable results. It's a great way to quickly determine the functioning of the automation systems that we install and maintain.

Thobias Haakman

Beckman Coulter

[The OsmoTECH PRO is an] excellent product and extremely efficient! Easy to clean and maintain. Excellent customer support and allows increased in-process testing capabilities.

Seth Rindner

Biologos LLC

The [OsmoTECH PRO] is very easy to use. Allows my lab to update a 20+ year old instrument, also from Advanced.

Walter Wasylenko

Baxter Healthcare Corporation

[The OsmoTECH XT is a] robust and versatile instrument that meets all of our osmolality needs!

Will Heaton

DiscGenics

Once we brought [the Artel MVS] into the lab, we realized we could push to small volumes. We typically work beyond the liquid handler’s specifications, and we can do this because we have Artel to verify their performance.

Robert Grbac

SEKISUI XenoTech

The Artel MVS System has greatly improved our laboratory quality processes, not only streamlining instrument qualifications but accelerating verification and validations.

Chris Trefill

SummerBio

We rely on the MVS for verifications and liquid class development and optimization…

Thai Truong

Janssen R&D

The [Artel MVS] simplified and streamlined our QC process…

Natalie Grow

Bristol-Meyers Squibb

The MVS system has been vital to our lab operations.

Hyun-Wu Lee

Canada's Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre

In the beginning, you never know which kind of samples you’re going to test, and the [OsmoTECH XT] osmometer offers an amazing range of osmolality testing: from 0 to 4000 mOsm/kg H2O.

Kayla Pasake

The Center for Breakthrough Medicines

Osmolality testing is crucial for process development, analytical development and GMP testing. We need to meet the regulatory requirements [with the OsmoTECH XT] for the product to be released to the market or to be released to go to a patient.

Kayla Pasake

The Center for Breakthrough Medicines

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