Tech Talks: Materials

A Look Into New Silicone Elastomers for Low-Temperature Biopharma Applications


Cold storage and transport are essential for the development and delivery of vaccines, treatment and mitigation drugs, and customized cell and gene therapies. Silicone elastomers are widely used in tubing and gasketing parts of single-use containers to store these drugs. However, when exposed to temperatures below -50-degree Celsius, standard silicone elastomers may crystallize, causing system failure and resulting in the loss of highly concentrated and expensive drugs. This 10-minute Tech Talk highlights the need for alternative materials that can withstand extremely low temperatures and prevent drug wastage.


Beate Ganter, Regional Marketing Manager, Healthcare, EMEA, Momentive

Beate Ganter serves as Momentive’s Regional Marketing Manager for Healthcare in the EMEA region. She has extensive experience in marketing and application development in the liquid silicone and heat-cured rubbers field and previously worked as a research and development chemist in the development of heat cured rubbers at Bayer AG and GE Bayer Silicones. Beate holds a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry with a focus on metalorganic complexes from RWTH Aachen University.

Stacey Guilford, Regional Marketing Manager, Healthcare, Americas, Momentive

With 30 years of experience in the chemical industry, Stacey Guilford currently serves as Momentive’s Regional Marketing Manager for Healthcare in the Americas, working with healthcare OEMS to specify silicone elastomers in their medical devices. She has held various positions within Momentive including Bench Chemist, Simplification Engineer, Application Development Engineer, Field Market Developer, and Market Development Specialist. Stacey spent time at GE Plastics as a Six Sigma Master Black Belt and Industry Manager as well as at Akzo Nobel Industrial Finishes as a Global Business Development manager. She holds a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Louisville’s Speed Scientific School.


Amanda Hosey, Editor, SAE Media Group

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