The Need for Nitrogen in Minneapolis Pharmaceutical and Biotech Applications


We’ve previously written about the uses Nitrogen gas (N2) in the food and beverage industry. As you might figure, though, judging from the prevalence of this gas in our atmosphere, nitrogen has all kinds other equally worthwhile uses. Toll Company, your Minneapolis PurityPlus® Partner, is especially involved, for example, in delivering nitrogen to the pharmaceutical and biotech industries.

Pharmaceutical manufacturers and biotech firms most often employ nitrogen in a practice known as blanketing to help protect or upgrade the quality of packaged medicines, medical supplies, medical devices, and biological samples. With blanketing, nitrogen replaces oxygen just before the packaging is sealed. This eliminates the likelihood of oxidation, contamination, degradation, and other deleterious side effects resulting from oxygen reacting with other kinds of materials. Nitrogen sustains 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.

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

Finally, nitrogen blanketing is used to decrease the presence of oxygen – and consequently the danger of fire or explosions – in environments where combustion is a constant concern. Pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities, medical laboratories, and hospitals habitually employ nitrogen generators to manage the level of oxygen in the workplace as generators are more readily 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 Minneapolis has been a top priority at Toll Company from the first. Contact us today and speak with one of our specialty gas pros to help confirm which of our nitrogen products is right for your application.