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Biopharmaceutical Testing Capabilities Increasing in Switzerland

January 17, 2023

We have relocated our biopharmaceutical testing laboratory in Plan-les-Ouates, Switzerland, moving out of our previous 750 m2 facility into a new 2,100 m2 laboratory and office space.

This expansion has increased the laboratory's capacity for biologic structural characterization, as well as identification and quantification for both process- and product-related impurities. We are pleased to announce the site has successfully renewed its Swissmedic GMP audit.

As the SGS European Center of Excellence for nitrosamines testing, we have also invested in two new state-of-the-art LC-HRMS instruments to ensure we can support our clients in their compliance journeys to demonstrate the safety of their products.

Plan-les-Ouates laboratory services overview

Our Plan-les-Ouates laboratory is a Center of Excellence for biopharmaceutical characterization and quantification, boasting over 30 years' experience. Our team of scientists is highly experienced in method development and validation, offering a range of valuable testing services. These include the following:

Biopharmaceutical structural characterization

  • Molecular weight determination
  • Post-translational modification identification
  • Amino acid composition
  • N- and C-terminal sequencing
  • Peptide mapping
  • Sulfhydryl group and disulfide bridge analysis
  • Conjugate site identification
  • Full protein sequencing
  • Glycosylation analysis
  • Oligonucleotide analysis

Biopharmaceutical physico-chemical properties

  • Secondary structure
  • Tertiary structure
  • Low molecular mass oligomers and aggregates (1-100nm)
  • High molecular mass aggregates and particles
  • Thermal stability

Quantification by LC-MS

  • Product- and process-related impurity quantification
  • Protein and peptide quantification in complex protein mixtures and matrices

The facility will see further developments in 2023 with the building of a BSL-2 laboratory to address the increasing demands of analytical services to support the development of the cell and gene therapy field.

Please get in touch to find out more about the new services that our Plan-les-Ouates laboratory will offer. 

SGS Health Science
Plan-les-Ouates laboratory
t: +41 22 794 83 74

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