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BioReliance, the biologics and early-development services business under Sigma-Aldrich Corporation’s (SIAL - Analyst Report) Specialty Fine Chemicals (SAFC) segment, commissioned a new world-class Clearance Services facility on Aug 1. The new facility was opened in Rockville, Md.

The new Rockville facility offers increased capacity and flexible scheduling. The facility comprises four large clearance suites designed in modular format that allows customized laboratory setups. The design of the facility is based on client suggestions and it provides enough space for the clients to conduct their critical downstream bioprocessing studies.

The clients can avail a wide range of resources at the new Rockville facility, including personalized modular laboratory suites with spacious, technology-enabled lounges, unique "suite-to-lounge" monitoring, and support from industry-leading personnel.

The studies carried out at the Rockville facility are fully secured and supported by dedicated BioReliance scientists and advanced chromatography equipment including GE Healthcare's AKTA avant. All projects conducted at the facility are in full compliance with applicable global guidelines and regulations, including those from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and European Medicines Agency.

A consolidated report is given on successful completion of studies that includes comprehensive titration and/or process data. Several client studies and quality audits have already been successfully performed by BioReliance at this new facility.

BioReliance focuses on simplifying the viral clearance process through offering unparalleled validation packages and proprietary CompleteClearance services to its clients using its scientific expertise and decades of experience.

BioReliance holds another Clearance Services facility in Stirling, Scotland, which completed its renovation and expansion in 2011. At this facility, thousands of clearance studies including virus, TSE, bacteria, mycoplasma and DNA clearance has been performed.

Sigma-Aldrich currently maintains a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Other companies in the specialty chemical space with favorable Zacks Rank are Ferro Corp. (FOE - Snapshot Report), Minerals Technologies Inc. (MTX - Snapshot Report) and Sensient Technologies Corp. (SXT - Snapshot Report). While Ferro carries a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), Minerals Technologies and Sensient Technologies retain a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

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