Solvay’s KetaSpire® PEEK plays key role in vaccine production
Malema Sensors® chooses KetaSpire® resins for single-use Coriolis flow meters due to exceptional physical properties that optimize accuracy and cleanliness.
Alpharetta, Ga., October 8th, 2021 - Solvay’s medical-grade KetaSpire® polyetheretherketone (PEEK) resins were selected by Malema Sensors® to produce its SumoFlo® single-use Coriolis flow meters, which are critical for vaccine production.
After evaluating multiple competitive PEEK grades, Malema chose Solvay’s high-performance resins due to their exceptional physical properties, including a very high Young’s modulus, which helps ensure sensor accuracy and plastic integrity under constant exposure to oscillation. Solvay KetaSpire® resin grades meet USP Class VI requirements, withstand gamma sterilization and ensure extremely low leachables and extractables for high cleanliness.
The gamma-sterilizable flow meters have enabled biopharmaceutical companies to accelerate mass production of COVID-19 vaccines. As the world's only maker of Coriolis flowmeters with an all-plastic wetted path, Malema Sensors® supplied leading manufacturers with process skids used in the U.S. government’s Operation Warp Speed.
“The transition from stainless-steel bioprocessing infrastructure to single-use components underscores the growing importance of high-performance thermoplastics to the healthcare industry,” said Anna Maria Bertasa, healthcare global marketing manager for Solvay Specialty Polymers. “Our KetaSpire® PEEK products meet the stringent requirements of Malema’s Coriolis flow meters, helping the company to stand out from competitors, and support industry initiatives such as the rapid scale-up of vaccine manufacturing”.
Malema Sensors® specifies and provides its molders and extruders with KetaSpire® PEEK resins to produce the wetted path components of the SumoFlo® Coriolis flow meter, which is the first and only PEEK single-use flow meter for the life sciences industry. It is also by far the most accurate and repeatable flow meter for single use applications, providing a huge boost to critical biopharma processes such as tangential flow filtration, depth filtration and chromatography.
“The single-use paradigm revolutionized pharmaceutical production by avoiding contamination and boosting throughput and capacity, as demonstrated during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dan Malani, chairman of the board of Malema Sensors. “Our single-use Coriolis flow meters, which measure mass and volumetric flow, temperature and density, are known for their high levels of accuracy. A key reason for this is our use of Solvay materials. Solvay has collaborated with us from day one of our four-year initiative to develop the industry’s only all-PEEK Coriolis flow meter.”
® KetaSpire is a registered trademark of Solvay
® SumoFlo is a registered trademark of Malema Sensors®
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Solvay’s medical-grade KetaSpire® polyetheretherketone (PEEK) resins were selected by Malema Sensors® to produce wetted path components for its SumoFlo® single-use Coriolis flow meters. Photo courtesy of Solvay.