Green Chemistry

Goals

  • Apply green chemistry principles to decrease dangerous goods transportation
  • Incorporate low/no toxicity materials into product design
  • Minimize hazardous substances

Application of green chemistry principles include:

Purelink™

Quick Gel Extraction Kit

Reformulating the Purelink™ Quick Gel Extraction Kit, making it non-hazardous for transport.

SYBR®

Safe DNA Gel Stain

Introducing the SYBR® Safe DNA Gel Stain as a non-toxic, non-mutagenic alternative to ethidium bromide (a chemical agent that changes the genetic material).

Simply Blue™

SafeStain for Protein Research

Offering SimplyBlue™ SafeStain for protein research, which is non-flammable, non-toxic and non-corrosive. The competing product is corrosive and must be used with flammable and toxic solvents.

Zero-waste Enzyme Production Eliminates Radioactivity

We developed a new fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) assay based on a fluorescent dye that eliminates radioactivity in the creation of enzyme-based product lines in 2010. Radioactive isotopes are costly to buy and dispose of, and they carry significant safety, environmental, and regulatory burdens. Radioactive waste has to be “decayed” on-site, a process that requires storing the waste until it is no longer radioactive. Replacing radioactive isotopes with a fluorescent dye reduced radioactivity by 60% in Carlsbad, California and Austin, Texas, and radioactivity has been completely eliminated in Foster City, California. This new process also resulted in assay execution in half the time, with more accurate results. This breakthrough has the potential to one day eliminate radioactivity in production of enzymes completely.

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