The Need for Nitrogen in Denver Pharmaceutical and Biotech Applications


We’ve previously talked about the uses Nitrogen gas (N2) in the food and beverage industry. As you might expect, though, given the prevalence of this gas in our atmosphere, nitrogen has many other equally advantageous uses. Rocky Mountain Air Solutions, your Denver PurityPlus® Partner, is especially active, for instance, in producing nitrogen for the pharmaceutical and biotech industries.

Pharmaceutical manufacturers and biotech firms most often employ nitrogen in a procedure called blanketing to help maintain or boost the quality of packaged medicines, medical supplies, medical devices, and biological samples. In blanketing, nitrogen ends up displaing oxygen before the packaging is sealed. This nullifies the likelihood of oxidation, contamination, degradation, and other harmful 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 while they’re being shipped. Specimen containers, blood supplies, and doctor’s test kits are examples of products most frequently packaged with nitrogen.

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

In addition, nitrogen blanketing is applied to diminish the presence of oxygen – and consequently the prospect of fire or explosions – in environments where combustion is a constant concern. Pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities, medical laboratories, and hospitals routinely make use of nitrogen generators to regulate the level of oxygen in the workplace as generators are more simply and precisely controlled than high-pressure gas cylinders.

Taking care of the pharmaceutical and biotech industries’ need for ultra high-purity and ultra carrier-grades of nitrogen here in Denver has been a prime concern for us at Rocky Mountain Air Solutions from the get-go. Contact us today and talk with one of our specialty gas specialists to help establish which of our nitrogen products is best for your application.