The FDAs National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR) has purchased a micro-sample viscometer, VISCOLab 5000, to better characterize and detect nanoscale materials. The agencys research involves the manipulation of biological buffers in saline solutions with tissue culture media ranging from .001 to .1 micrometer in size, and less than 1 ml of serum for total characterization.

The Cambridge viscometer was selected for its small-75 micro-liters-sample requirement, accuracy and repeatability.

With the increased use of products based on nanotechnology in food and drugs, as well as medical devices, biologics and food, the NCTR is conducting research and developing appropriate tools and methods to promote regulatory processes and public health decisions. This involves developing techniques to detect nanoscale materials in toxicological studies, as well as in biological samples. Material samples available for toxicology analysis are limited, making the micro-sample viscometer an ideal solution as it requires very small sample size.

Cambridge Regional Sales Manager William Small explains, "We were awarded the government bid for the VISCOlab 5000 because the system meets the application requirement for a very small amount of sample. It is a micro-sample viscometer that is very easy to use and produces accurate results in a timely manner."

About Cambridge Viscosity

Cambridge Viscosity, a leader in advanced laboratory and production viscometer systems, designs automated viscometers used worldwide by pharmaceutical and biotechnology organizations to ensure accurate viscosity in both their lab and process operations. Cambridges global reach is important for providing application engineering support and service wherever and whenever needed.

Cambridge Viscositys 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 Class 1, Div. 1, CE, FM and NEMA. CSA certification is also available upon request.

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