The Need for Nitrogen in Columbus Pharmaceutical and Biotech Applications


We’ve talked before about the uses Nitrogen gas (N2) in the food and beverage industry. As you may guess, though, given the amount of this gas in our atmosphere, nitrogen has all sorts other equally worthwhile uses. Delille Oxygen Company, your Columbus PurityPlus® Partner, is especially engaged, for example, in producing nitrogen for the pharmaceutical and biotech industries.

Pharmaceutical manufacturers and biotech firms most often employ nitrogen in a practice known as blanketing to help preserve or improve the quality of packaged medicines, medical supplies, medical devices, and biological samples. In blanketing, nitrogen winds up replacing oxygen immediately before the packaging is sealed. This eliminates the possibility of oxidation, contamination, degradation, and other detrimental 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 routinely packaged with nitrogen.

Given that nitrogen is a safe, inert gas, it’s used quite often as well to transfer liquid and powdered pharmaceutical materials, which can be dangerous if handled negligently.

In addition, nitrogen blanketing is applied to diminish the presence of oxygen – and therefore the chance of fire or explosions – in circumstances where combustion is an ever-present concern. Pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities, medical laboratories, and hospitals as a matter of course use nitrogen generators to manage the level of oxygen in the workplace because generators are more easily and precisely 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 Columbus has been a top priority at Delille Oxygen Company from the get-go. Contact us today and talk with one of our specialty gas specialists to help pinpoint which of our nitrogen products is right for your application.