Nelson Laboratories, LLC, a Sotera Health company, has made significant investments to expand the operations and service capabilities at its Itasca, IL, laboratory facility to better service customers.

According to the company, customers will benefit from the state-of-the-art upgrades to the laboratory facilities as well as 10,000 sq ft of building expansion and renovated lab space. Facility upgrades include a world-class BI sterility suite to support ethylene oxide (EO) sterilization validations. Test offerings have been expanded to now include more than double the capacity for bioburden, radiation sterilization validations, bacterial endotoxin testing (BET), and product sterility testing for medical devices and pharmaceutical products.

New testing capabilities will be fully operational beginning May 1, 2018. These capabilities will include medical device particulate testing, healthcare reprocessing validations, sterilization for reuse validations, and genetic microbial identification testing.

The Itasca laboratory facility is now ISO 17025 accredited and adheres to the same robust quality system as the Nelson Labs global headquarters in Salt Lake City. Additionally, customers are now able to track their submitted studies and retrieve test reports via the Nelson Labs’ Secure Customer Portal.

“We are very excited about the new and expanded service offerings and laboratory upgrades that are now available at our Itasca facility,” says John S. Bolinder, vice president of North American lab operations at Nelson Labs. “Our customers will benefit from our enhanced quality system and expanded services, as well as the unparalleled expertise and customer service they have come to trust from Nelson Labs. In addition, we are able to offer the leading sterilization services of our sister company, Sterigenics, at multiple facilities located within close proximity to our Itasca laboratory. This allows us to more fully serve the needs of our sterilization and laboratory customers throughout the Midwestern region of the United States.”

The Nelson Labs Itasca facility will be hosting an open house on May 1, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To attend, contact the Itasca facility directly at 630-285-9121. Customers are invited to tour the facility, learn more about the upgrades and additional test offerings, and meet the expert staff.