The utilization of single use technologies for some or all of the processes in biotechnology have become common. Engineers can substitute plastic components for stainless steel-permanently plumbed systems at any point in the biomanufacturing process, although the technology to do this in the upstream process is much more mature than in downstream technologies. This approach replaces reusable stainless steel equipment with disposable, typically plastic, components.
The industry often uses the terms “single-use” and “disposable” as synonyms. In the early days of this technology vendors emphasized the term single use because it sounded better – the situation was... Read more