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Ask the Industry: Nadege Laborde, President of the Industrial Biotech Business Unit at Novasep.

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Today Bio-Based World News Editor is in France to learn more about Novasep, and speak exclusively to Nadege Laborde President of its Industrial Biotech Business Unit about some current trends, client demands and how they maintain their focus on innovation. An international company, Novasep (@Novasep) is a leading provider of services in the field of molecule production and purification based on by a wide range of specialized technologies. With 1,100 employees worldwide, Novaseps offering includes process development services, purification equipment and turnkey processes, contract manufacturing services and delivering complex active molecules to a number of industries.

Since its creation, Group Novasep has pioneered specialized technologies across all of its areas of expertise. To name a few: cascading cryogenic reactions at multi-ton scale, safely producing highly potent toxins for ADCs, or manipulating pathogens for new vaccine development, numerical simulation enabling process optimization and SMB and continuous chromatography for chiral separation and bio-separations.

Nadege Laborde, joined Novasep in 2000 after qualifying as an engineer from Ecole Centrale, Paris. Having worked in a number of positions before becoming President of the Industrial Biotech Business Unit in November 2013. I asked Nadege whats driving their growth within bio-tech; Weve seen major changes in process development in recent years which has helped to develop our business model focussing on each of our customers strategies. And our customers products are changing as a result of higher living standards and the growth of the middle classes around the world leading to a greater focus on quality, a knowledge of what goes into the manufacture of products and as a result a higher demand for sustainability.

The Business Unit that Nadege leads focusses on purification systems and turnkey process lines based on technologies such as ion exchange, continuous chromatography, membrane filtration, electrodialysis. It implements them across food and functional ingredients, large scale fermentation products as well as bio-based chemicals production lines. The team guide clients through the whole process offering design, engineering, supply and commissioning, as well as process development, pilot plants and ongoing customer service. (Pictured below – Novasep Applexion SMB Chromatography columns)

Novasep_Applexion_SMB_Chromatography_columnsWith the growth of demand for bio-based products, I was keen to find out more about what the Novasep clients were demanding; We always tailor make our solutions for our clients. But the focus is always on efficiency whether that be on cost, a lower environmental foot print or even the value of the bi-products. What is exciting for us is that our combination of technologies now makes these efficiencies possible and bio-based products attractive.

On innovation Nadege had this to say Innovation is in our DNA. Without it we cannot continue or grow. And its not just innovation for now but also for the future. We focus on it in a number of different ways both internally and externally. Internally we create an environment where all staff members from across different departments are able to contribute ideas in our innovation groups and always encourage discussions between our departments. And we are always engaged with our clients to learn whats coming next for them and how we can help.

Externally we have a scientific advisory board which has members from Novasep and from external universities and institutes including University College London, ENSIC Nancy in France amongst several others across Europe. Our goal is to foster exchange and cross-fertilization while developing open innovation, continued Nadege.

In fact their website has a page where you can contribute your own ideas and innovations. Amongst their current main innovation areas include continuous flow chemistry, intelligent process control and numerical optimization of chemical reactions. So if you have some ideas, you know where to get in touch! And well be sure to keep you updated on all the latest developments from Novasep.

For more on Novasep visit: www.novasep.com

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