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News Release
May 25, 2011
Contact: Axelle de Foucault Mercier
Phone: +33 (0)1 30 12 71 46
Email: axelle.defoucaultmercier@merckgroup.com

Merck Millipore Introduces Bottled Water with Certified Water Quality
  • Certified water quality from an ISO® 9001 / c GMP environment
  • Suitable for labs using under 50 L per year of ultrapure water
  • Easy & reliable traceability
May 25, 2011, Guyancourt, France — Merck Millipore, the Life Science division of Merck KGaA* of Germany, today announced the introduction of two types of bottled water with certified water quality: Water for Cell Culture and Water for Molecular Biology.

Merck:/Freestyle/DIV-Divisional/News/News-LW-WaterPurificationSystem-03082011-170x120.jpgWater for Cell Culture and Water for Molecular Biology are produced in an ISO® 9001 / cGMP environment. The bottled water is subject to strict quality control tests and is delivered with a Certificate of Quality.

The two types of water are intended for research use by scientists performing critical cell culture or molecular biology experiments. Both water types are sterile. Additionally, Water for Cell Culture is cell-culture tested and free of pyrogens, mycoplasma, calcium and magnesium. Water for Molecular Biology is RT-PCR tested and is RNase-free, DNase-free, protease-free, calcium-free and magnesium-free.

Jean-François Pilette, Lab Water Group Product Manager, explains that a Merck Millipore proprietary process is used to manufacture the bottled water. “We’re able to produce high-quality ultrapure water without the need for toxic chemicals such as DEPC (diethylpyrocarbonate),” he says.

“Following the purification process, the ultrapure water is aseptically filled into sterile PET containers. We’ve applied our unique combination of knowledge and expertise to successfully produce and control bottled water in an ISO 9001 / cGMP environment,” he continues. “We expect researchers who need small volumes of ultrapure water for their cell culture or molecular biology work to fully benefit from these new products,” he concludes.

For easy traceability, bottles are delivered with duplicate labels, allowing one to be removed and kept in a lab notebook for future reference concerning water quality and lot numbers in experiments. A space on the label is provided for handwritten entry of the opening date by the researcher.

The new bottled water is available in a convenient range of volumes (1 L, 0.5 L, 125 mL) and packaging options to match researchers’ needs.
About Merck Millipore
Merck Millipore is the Life Science division of Merck KGaA of Germany and offers a broad range of innovative, performance products, services and business relationships that enable our customers’ success in research, development and production of biotech and pharmaceutical drug therapies. Through dedicated collaboration on new scientific and engineering insights, and as one of the top three R&D investors in the Life Science Tools industry, Merck Millipore serves as a strategic partner to customers and helps advance the promise of life science.

Headquartered in Billerica, Massachusetts, the division has around 10,000 employees, operations in 67 countries and 2010 revenues of EUR 1.7 billion. Merck Millipore operates as EMD Millipore in the U.S. and Canada.

Millipore is a registered trademark of Millipore Corporation. Merck Millipore and the M mark are trademarks of Merck KGaA. ISO is a registered trademark of the International Organization for Standardization.

Note: Merck KGaA or Merck shall mean Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany