The Need for Nitrogen in Riverside Pharmaceutical and Biotech Applications


We’ve previously written about the uses Nitrogen gas (N2) in the food and beverage industry. As you might guess, though, judging from the commonness of this gas in our atmosphere, nitrogen has all kinds other equally worthwhile uses. Elite Air, your Riverside PurityPlus® Partner, is especially active, for instance, in producing nitrogen for the pharmaceutical and biotech industries.

Pharmaceutical manufacturers and biotech firms generally employ nitrogen in a process called blanketing to help maintain or boost the quality of packaged medicines, medical supplies, medical devices, and biological samples. In blanketing, nitrogen winds up supplanting oxygen prior to the packaging being sealed. This nullifies the possibility of oxidation, contamination, degradation, and other detrimental side effects resulting from oxygen reacting with various other materials. Nitrogen maintains product or sample sterility and integrity. It also helps preserve and protect products during shipping. Specimen containers, blood supplies, and doctor’s test kits are examples of products most often packaged with nitrogen.

Since nitrogen is a safe, inert gas, it’s used quite commonly as well to transfer liquid and powdered pharmaceutical materials, which can be risky if handled carelessly.

Besides this, nitrogen blanketing is employed to reduce 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 as a matter of course make use of nitrogen generators to govern the level of oxygen in the workplace seeing as how generators are more easily and accurately controlled than high-pressure gas cylinders.

Satisfying the pharmaceutical and biotech industries’ need for ultra high-purity and ultra carrier-grades of nitrogen here in Riverside has been a top priority at Elite Air from the get-go. Contact us today and speak with one of our specialty gas pros to help work out which of our nitrogen products is best for your application.