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Thermo Fisher Scientific Handheld Instruments Selected by USP for Spectral Library Development Project

USP Will Use Thermo Scientific TruScan RM and microPHAZIR RX Instruments to Develop Raman and NIR Libraries for Pharmaceutical Manufacturers

WALTHAM, Mass., (September 26, 2012) – Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., ,the world leader in serving science, today announced that the United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) has selected its Thermo Scientific TruScan RM and microPHAZIR RX instruments to support its recent initiative to provide USP-approved libraries to pharmaceutical manufacturers.

This spectral library project is one of the many USP initiatives designed to set standards that help ensure the quality, safety and benefit of medicines and foods. With an assembled consortium of world class vendors, this project aims to provide manufacturers with a USP-approved library of methods for use across the globe for material identification. This provides a harmonized approach to ensuring the quality of pharmaceutical ingredients before entering the supply chain.

“With increases in supply chain variability, the development and deployment of public standards is critical to ensure the safety and efficacy of medicines,” said Edward Zhao, vice president, business development of USP. “USP relies on advanced analytical capabilities and modern equipment, such as the TruScan RM and microPHAZIR RX, to provide the highest quality of standards for use by global pharmaceutical manufacturers.”

TruScan RM, a Raman-based spectrometer, and microPHAZIR RX, based on near-infrared (NIR), will be used to develop all methods included in the USP spectral library. Both instruments are easy to use and enable on-the-spot, actionable pass-fail results within seconds.

“We believe it’s important to provide tools to our customers that support their mandates for enhanced product quality and a more secure supply chain,” says Maggie Pax, senior director, Pharma-Chem, Thermo Fisher portable analytical instruments. “Our TruScan RM and microPHAZIR RX instruments are perfect complements to the library development project, providing USP with a rapid, easy to use way to develop methods that can be quickly deployed to manufacturers around the world.”

About TruScan RM and microPHAZIR RX

Developed with in-depth pharmaceutical industry experience, Thermo Scientific handheld Raman and NIR analyzers provide manufacturers with a portable solution to achieve quality initiatives throughout the manufacturing process. Easily operated by non-expert users, the analyzers perform non-destructive analysis and can operate through plastic or glass containers to enable immediate release of raw materials into production. With greater than 600 GMP installations worldwide, both analyzers are designed to enable customers to achieve compliance with 21 CFR Part 11 and meet the requirements of global pharmacopeias. For more detailed information about Thermo Scientific handheld analytical instruments, visit

About Thermo Fisher Scientific

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. is the world leader in serving science. Our mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. With revenues of $12 billion, we have approximately 39,000 employees and serve customers within pharmaceutical and biotech companies, hospitals and clinical diagnostic labs, universities, research institutions and government agencies, as well as in environmental and process control industries. We create value for our key stakeholders through three premier brands, Thermo Scientific, Fisher Scientific and Unity™ Lab Services, which offer a unique combination of innovative technologies, convenient purchasing options and a single solution for laboratory operations management. Our products and services help our customers solve complex analytical challenges, improve patient diagnostics and increase laboratory productivity. Visit  


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