—A Media-Savvy Firm “SAFC looks beyond fine chemicals to cell culture media for growth” Gilles Cottier, president of Sigma-Aldrich’s SAFC division, wants his business to reach $1 billion in annual sales in the next four years, prior to any acquisitions he might make. Although SAFC is known mostly as a fine chemicals producer, Cottier is counting heavily on a product for the biologics industry—cell culture media—to help meet his goal. Cell culture media are relatively simple products made under highly exacting conditions. A liquid or dry mixture of salts, sugars, amino acids, hormones, and other ingredients, media are food for cells. They support the growth of cells that are being nurtured in bioreactors for their ability to express pharmaceutical proteins such as antibodies and vaccines.
by Michael McCoy |
October 03, 2011