The Need for Nitrogen in El Paso Pharmaceutical and Biotech Applications


We’ve talked before about the uses Nitrogen gas (N2) in the food and beverage industry. As you may figure, though, considering the amount of this gas in our atmosphere, nitrogen has many other equally advantageous uses. SYOXSA, Inc., your El Paso PurityPlus® Partner, is particularly involved, for example, in supplying nitrogen to the pharmaceutical and biotech industries.

Pharmaceutical manufacturers and biotech firms generally apply nitrogen in a technique dubbed blanketing to help preserve or boost the quality of packaged medicines, medical supplies, medical devices, and biological samples. With blanketing, nitrogen replaces oxygen before the packaging is sealed. This removes the probability of oxidation, contamination, degradation, and other deleterious side effects resulting from oxygen reacting with various other materials. Nitrogen safeguards product or sample sterility and integrity. It also helps preserve and protect products in transit. Specimen containers, blood supplies, and doctor’s test kits are examples of products routinely packaged with nitrogen.

Because 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 likelihood of fire or explosions – in environments where combustion is a constant concern. Pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities, medical laboratories, and hospitals as a matter of course employ nitrogen generators to look after the level of oxygen in the workplace as generators are more simply 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 El Paso has been a top priority at SYOXSA, Inc. from the beginning. Contact us today and talk with one of our specialty gas specialists to help verify which of our nitrogen products is right for your application.