Surface Sampling for ISO Class 5 Primary Engineering Controls

In the compounding of pharmaceuticals, Primary Engineering Controls (PECs) are critical in ensuring final product integrity and public safety. Equipment such as compounding aseptic isolators (CAIs) and biological safety cabinets (BSCs) must be contamination free, and this requires diligent monitoring to maintain standards to PEC ISO 5 classification. According to USP <797> guidelines, flat interior […]

Do Gloves Impact Your Work and Health?

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While essential to ensure safety, wearing these items can sometimes be uncomfortable and annoying. But given their necessity, is there a way to make the oftentimes prolonged wearing of gloves less unwieldy? We think so. And if you’ve been impacted by Sweaty Palm Syndrome or have a new respect for those quietly battling the itch […]

Smart Fungus Among Us – Can Mushrooms Architect the Materials of the Future?

Biosensing Technology When we think of fungi – and who doesn’t when we all have so much extra time to ponder the bizarre? – we tend to think of either the mushrooms we add to our Friday night pizza or the trippy psilocybin-laden ‘magic mushrooms’ that are, we understand, enjoying something of a renaissance as […]

Double Masking in a Cleanroom?

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their website today. Read about the new recommendation for Double Masking protocols. The CDC is suggesting wearing a single use disposable mask underneath a launderable cloth mask. Berkshire does not recommend bringing a launderable cloth face mask into a cleanroom, just as we don’t recommend relaundering wipers.

Revisiting the Unsanitary/Insanitary Conundrum of Custom Biopharmaceuticals

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If we were called upon to characterize last year in just two words, we would undoubtedly select unprecedented and pandemic as the most obvious watchwords of 2020. And at this point in time their definition is abundantly clear. But, as we start 2021, a couple of terms have resurfaced that apparently remain somewhat opaque, among […]

How Cleanroom Technology is Rescuing our Blood Supplies

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Throughout human history, we have searched for ways to prolong our lives. Whether it be through cleaner living, exercise, scientific advancement, or improved diet, humans are a species in perpetual search for an elixir of life, a fountain of eternal youth. And this impulse makes it into our history and cultural mythos in myriad forms, […]

How Elon Musk’s Breakthrough AI Technology May Reshape Humankind

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Our recent focus on robotics and artificial intelligence in the food service industry has left us hungry to investigate parallel developments in other spheres. The bio-medical field, for instance, is one area that narrows the distance – both theoretical and physical – between conceptual artificial intelligence and its physical implementation. According to the Food and […]

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