The Need for Nitrogen in Auburn Pharmaceutical and Biotech Applications


We’ve already covered the uses Nitrogen gas (N2) in the food and beverage industry. As you might figure, though, judging from the amount of this gas in our atmosphere, nitrogen has many other equally advantageous uses. Spec Air Specialty Gases, your Auburn PurityPlus® Partner, is especially engaged, for instance, in producing nitrogen for the pharmaceutical and biotech industries.

Pharmaceutical manufacturers and biotech firms most often employ nitrogen in a practice known as blanketing to help preserve or raise the quality of packaged medicines, medical supplies, medical devices, and biological samples. What blanketing does is displace oxygen with nitrogen just before the packaging is sealed. This eliminates the possibility of oxidation, contamination, degradation, and other damaging side effects resulting from oxygen reacting with various other materials. Nitrogen sustains product or sample sterility and integrity. It also helps preserve and protect products in transportation. Specimen containers, blood supplies, and doctor’s test kits are examples of products commonly packaged with nitrogen.

Nitrogen being a safe, inert gas, it’s employed quite frequently as well to transfer liquid and powdered pharmaceutical materials, which can be unsafe if handled inappropriately.

Besides this, nitrogen blanketing is employed to diminish the presence of oxygen – and therefore the threat of fire or explosions – in environments where combustion is a constant concern. Pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities, medical laboratories, and hospitals habitually use nitrogen generators to look after the level of oxygen in the workplace because generators are more easily and precisely controlled than high-pressure gas cylinders.

Fulfilling the pharmaceutical and biotech industries’ need for ultra high-purity and ultra carrier-grades of nitrogen here in Auburn has been a top priority at Spec Air Specialty Gases from the get-go. Contact us today and talk with one of our specialty gas experts to help determine which of our nitrogen products is right for your application.