Software creators TotalLab Limited have revealed a new product which promises to boost the efficiency of drugs manufacturing.
The Newcastle-based firm has launched SpotMap, which allows drugs manufacturers to monitor and assess the purity of their products and meet regulatory burdens in different countries.
SpotMap, produced by TotalLab’s team of nine, employs a process known as “gel electrophoresis” which is a method for separating and analysing large molecules such as DNA and proteins.
The technology allows manufacturers to map molecules within the production stage and ensure consistency and quality.
TotalLab has already developed around 10 accounts with the product, predominantly in the US, where stringent Food and Drug Association (FDA) rules make negotiating the drugs manufacturing complex.
The firm has gained the support of the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) and UK Trade and Investment to launch the SpotMap system.
A recent launch event held at Science Central in Newcastle brought together representatives from both organisations, as well as staff from TotalLab and special guest Toru Hattori, the strategic marketing manager for Tokyo-based SCRUM Inc — a supplier of scientific equipment and services.
TotalLab has a longstanding relationship with the company who have track record of selling TotalLab software into the Japanese scientific market.
Paddy Lavery, TotalLab’s marketing director, said: “At the same time as officially launching SpotMap we have flown Mr Hattori, our software distributor in Japan, to Newcastle for training on the new software. The Tyneside to Tokyo theme highlights the sales opportunity for SpotMap in Japan.
“It also reflects opportunities in other established and new territories that will help us grow and transform the business. TotalLab has a great team, new products and with help from UKTI and CPI we can reach customers around the world with the software they need.”
Through international distributors TotalLab plan to target other foreign markets where bioprocessing firms operate.
TotalLab was originally part of Newcastle-based Nonlinear Dynamics until 2013 when it became a separate entity.
Juliana Haggerty, public private programme manager at the Centre for Process Innovation spoke at TotalLab’s launch event.
She said: “The Centre for Process Innovation has established the National Biologics Manufacturing Centre in Darlington to support the growth of the UK Biopharmaceutical Industry.
“We are delighted to support the relaunch of a local business addressing the need for methods to ensure the safe and efficient manufacture of new drugs.”