Sotera Health launches educational series covering sterilization, lab testing and more

Sotera Health (Nasdaq: SHC) has launched the Sotera Health Academy to help companies get their products to market faster while navigating regulatory risk.

The Broadview Heights, Ohio-based parent company of Sterigenics, Nordion and Nelson Labs said the program offers more than 100 hours of curated content covering introductory sterilization, lab testing topics and advanced, in-depth learning, plus more than 150 webinars, whitepapers, and e-books from more than 75 industry experts.

Sotera Health’s recent acquisition of Regulatory Compliance Associates (RCA) means more content is on the way, the company said.

“From product conception to commercialization, each stage in the lifecycle of a medical device, pharmaceutical, or commercial product poses unique challenges for manufacturers, especially when patient safety is paramount,” Nelson Labs Chairperson Jeffery Nelson said yesterday in a news release. “The free educational resources contained in t…

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Sotera Health buys BioScience Laboratories to boost Nelson Labs business

Sotera Health (NASDAQ:SHC) recently announced that it has acquired Bozeman, Mont.–based BioScience Laboratories in a deal that will expand the U.S.-based antimicrobial and antiviral testing capabilities of Sotera Health’s Nelson Labs business.

The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed in the March 10 announcement. BioScience Laboratories provides topical antimicrobial product testing in the consumer, pharmaceutical, and medical device industries — with a 22,000  ft2 laboratory in Bozeman that includes a new biosafety level 3 (BSL-3) virology lab.

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Sotera Health buys BioScience Laboratories to boost Nelson Labs business

Sotera Health (NASDAQ:SHC) recently announced that it has acquired Bozeman, Mont.–based BioScience Laboratories in a deal that will expand the U.S.-based antimicrobial and antiviral testing capabilities of Sotera Health’s Nelson Labs business.

The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed in the March 10 announcement. BioScience Laboratories provides topical antimicrobial product testing in the consumer, pharmaceutical, and medical device industries — with a 22,000  ft2 laboratory in Bozeman that includes a new biosafety level 3 (BSL-3) virology lab.

“BioScience Laboratories is premier provider of antimicrobial testing services; known for its testing of consumer hand sanitizers, pre-operating hand-wash, and hard surface disinfectants. It is also recognized for its strong relationships with its customers and regulators,” Sotera Health CEO Michael B. Petras Jr. said in a news release.

“This acquisition will expand and further strengthen our anti…

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New Mexico AG sues Sterigenics over ethylene oxide emissions

The attorney general of New Mexico has filed a lawsuit against Sterigenics and associated companies claiming a company medtech sterilization plant in Santa Teresa, N.M. has harmed air quality and “materially contributed” to nearby residents’ health risks.

In the claim filed Dec. 22, 2020, attorney general Hector Balderas alleges that Sterigenics has caused “substantial unreported, uncontrolled releases” of the medical device sterilant ethylene oxide (EtO).

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600 new ethylene oxide lawsuits filed against Sterigenics in Illinois

Ethylene oxide (Image from Sterigenics)

More than 600 lawsuits were filed last week against Sterigenics, claiming that emissions from the company’s now-shuttered Willowbrook, Ill., ethylene oxide (EtO) plant caused health problems in people who lived or worked nearby.

The filings bring the total of personal-injury lawsuits against the Oak Park, Ill.-based company to more than 700, according to one of more than a dozen Chicago-area law firms that have filed lawsuits against Sterigenics; its parent company, Sotera Health; previous parent company Griffith Foods; current investor, private equity firm GTCR; and two managers.

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Ga. warehouse workers sue Sterigenics, ConMed over EtO exposure

Fifty-three people who worked in an Atlanta-area warehouse that stored medical devices sterilized by ethylene oxide (EtO) filed suit this week against Sterigenics and its parent company over exposure to the gas.

The plaintiffs or their families claim that long-term EtO exposure to the sterilized devices, which they unloaded, handled, warehoused and distributed, caused multiple deaths, cancer, tumors, respiratory, pulmonary, epidermal, hematological, cardiological, neurological and other serious medical conditions. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency considers EtO a human carcinogen, and news of its use has sparked an outcry among residents and workers in neighborhoods surrounding EtO plants in Illinois, Michigan and Georgia.

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