SOURCE: WireWorks West

September 27, 2005 06:01 ET

Biopharmaceutical Laboratory Process Control & Data Management Software -- FermWorks 2.2 -- Saves 30% of Development Time

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 27, 2005 -- WireWorks West today announced the release of FermWorks 2.2, its technologically advanced process control and data management software solution that expedites drug development in cell culture and fermentation laboratories at biopharmaceutical companies. Used by industry leaders including Genentech, Bayer, and BioMarin, FermWorks demonstrably improves productivity, optimizes experiments, increases capacities and yields, and accelerates commercialization of new, life-saving biotherapeutics.

Biopharmaceutical researchers and scientists in many labs still collect readings from biocontrollers, mass spectrometers, and other instruments; note the readings on a clipboard; then enter the data into a spreadsheet. After analyzing the data, each instrument or controller is manually adjusted. This procedure is both time consuming and error prone. FermWorks is a comprehensive, distributed software solution that collects, integrates, and analyzes data from ALL the disparate instruments and subsystems in the lab, regardless of the manufacturer, then automatically adjusts processes in real-time, based on pre-defined experiment parameters. FermWorks saves valuable time and increases development efficiency while delivering higher-quality products and better yields.

"FermWorks' organization and ease of use provide true operational savings. Using FermWorks, BioMarin has realized a 30% savings in time, resulting in substantial development cost reductions," said Jim Michaels, Director of Cell Culture and Fermentation at BioMarin Pharmaceutical, Inc. "FermWorks provides flexibility, customization, data analysis, and data review that are very accessible and very well done," he concluded.

Developed with the assistance of scientists working in cell culture and fermentation labs, FermWorks delivers an intuitive, automated approach for data collection, integration, analysis, and real-time process control. FermWorks can manage data from ALL "open" on-line instruments and seamlessly integrates and incorporates off-line data. It is a networked system with distributed process monitoring and control that is able to scale from development to pilot to production. FermWorks is easily customizable to match company and process requirements.

Current FermWorks customers upgrading to version 2.2 include: Genentech, Bayer, BioMarin, Novozymes, MIT, Centocor, NexBio, and the University of Victoria, B.C.

About WireWorks West

WireWorks West, Inc. develops advanced software solutions for distributed process control and data management for science and industry. WireWorks West, founded in 2000 by Martin Vasey and Andrew Johnson, is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

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