14-Jul-2010

Safety cabinet shown to be effective against nanoparticles

The CytoUltra safety cabinet protects against NaCl nanoparticles

Barcelona-based Telstar has developed biosafety cabinets for the handling and processing of nanoparticles, whose 100% effectiveness has been verified in the experiments performed as part of the European NanoSost project.

Specialising in the development of biological systems protection and air flow control technologies, Telstar has shown that its containment technology applied to biosafety cabinets gives total protection to the operator when handling NaCl nanoparticles (sodium chloride) for biomedical and technological applications.

Experimentation with nanoparticles under the NanoSost project, performed in May 2010, took place in a cleanroom with CytoUltra equipment (Cytostatic type biosafety cabinet), at the facilities owned by Telstar. The first published results of the NanoSost project show that the equipment allows these types of nanomaterials to be worked with in total safety. The companyís innovation team continues its research into the development of new technologies to protect against other types of nanoparticles.

Telstar has taken part in the NanoSost project, specifically subproject 5. The aim is to create knowledge about the control of risks when handling nanoparticles and to improve protection.

NanoSost is a singular, strategic project funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, headed by IQS. Businesses, universities and research centres have collaborated for a year and a half on this project to establish the bases for sustainable, responsible and safe nanotechnology.

This project relies on the active involvement of Spainís main technology and research centres, like the Carlos III Health Institute, Leia CDT Foundation, AENOR, Toxicology Research Centre (CERETOX), Cidemco, International Centre for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE) and the Networked Biomedical Research Centre on Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Nanomedicine (CIBER BBN), among others.

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