The Need for Nitrogen in Cincinnati Pharmaceutical and Biotech Applications


We’ve already discussed the uses Nitrogen gas (N2) in the food and beverage industry. As you might guess, though, given the amount of this gas in our atmosphere, nitrogen has many other equally advantageous uses. Wright Brothers, your Cincinnati PurityPlus® Partner, is especially engaged, for example, in providing nitrogen for the pharmaceutical and biotech industries.

Pharmaceutical manufacturers and biotech firms most often apply nitrogen in a practice dubbed blanketing to help preserve or enhance the quality of packaged medicines, medical supplies, medical devices, and biological samples. What blanketing does is displace oxygen with nitrogen prior to the packaging being sealed. This eliminates the potential for oxidation, contamination, degradation, and other detrimental side effects resulting from oxygen reacting with other types of materials. Nitrogen safeguards product or sample sterility and integrity. It also helps preserve and protect products in shipment. Specimen containers, blood supplies, and doctor’s test kits are examples of products most often packaged with nitrogen.

Because nitrogen is a safe, inert gas, it’s used quite frequently as well to transfer liquid and powdered pharmaceutical materials, which can be hazardous if handled thoughtlessly.

Besides this, nitrogen blanketing is employed to reduce the presence of oxygen – and therefore the threat of fire or explosions – in circumstances where combustion is an ever-present concern. Pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities, medical laboratories, and hospitals as a matter of routine use nitrogen generators to manage the level of oxygen in the workplace because generators are more handily and accurately controlled than high-pressure gas cylinders.

Meeting the pharmaceutical and biotech industries’ need for ultra high-purity and ultra carrier-grades of nitrogen here in Cincinnati has been a top priority at Wright Brothers from the beginning. Contact us today and consult with one of our specialty gas pros to help confirm which of our nitrogen products is best for your application.