Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies
Commissions Cell Banking Facility
Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies has commissioned its new mammalian cGMP Cell Banking
Facility at its Billingham, U.K. site.
The CBF is available to the company’s customers either as part of a larger development
and manufacturing program or as a stand-alone
service. It forms the second stage of a major
expansion of the company’s mammalian cell
culture capabilities at the site. The asset will support delivery of manufacturing programs for both
of Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies’ facilities in
Billingham and Research Triangle Park, N.C.
Cell banking facility expands site capabilities.
The next stage of the company’s expansion
will be the commissioning of a new cGMP manufacturing facility, also in Billingham, which is under
construction and due on-line in early Q4 2013.
This manufacturing facility, which will primarily utilize single-use technologies, has been designed to
offer high flexibility for meeting customers’ needs
and setting new standards. It will initially offer 200
L and 1,000 L single-use bioreactors, with 2,000L
bioreactors already planned for 2014.
NASA Selects MIT-led TESS
Project for 2017 Mission
Following a three-year competition, NASA
has selected the Transiting Exoplanet Survey
Satellite (TESS) project at MIT for a planned
launch in 2017. The mission will be funded by a
$200 million grant to the MIT-led team.
The project will use an array of wide-field
cameras to perform an all-sky survey to discover
transiting exoplanets, ranging from Earth-sized
planets to gas giants, in orbit around the brightest
stars in the sun’s neighborhood. An exoplanet is
a planet orbiting a star other than the sun, while
a transiting exoplanet is a planet that periodically
eclipses its host star.
Every two weeks TESS approaches close
enough to the Earth for high data-downlink
rates, while remaining above the planet’s harmful radiation belts. This special orbit will remain
stable for decades, keeping TESS’s sensitive
cameras in a very stable temperature range.
With TESS, it will be possible to study the
masses, sizes, densities, orbits, and atmospheres of a large cohort of small planets,
including a sample of rocky worlds in the habitable zones of their host stars. TESS will provide
prime targets for further characterization by the
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Artist’s rendering of TESS in orbit.