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01. Feb 2024 INFORS HT on the Top 10 employers of FOCUS Business

INFORS HT selected on 3rd place of the FOCUS-Business's Top 10 recommended midsize employers in Germany in the fields of research, development and science.

Under the theme "Progress through Research" they focused on 6 central future fields of research and innovation policy, including modern technologies for a competitive, climate-neutral industry, clean energy generation and supply, sustainable mobility and a proactive, crisis-resistant, and modern healthcare systems that leverages opportunities of biotechnology and medicine. 

The Analysis comprised 36.000 companies employing between 11-500 people and 650.000 evaluations from employees. 
 

This recognition is reaffirmation that our current path aligns with success and our corporate values provide valuable benefits to our teams and collaborators. This underscores our commitment to fostering a positive and supportive work environment with fair compensation, flexible working arrangements and a culture of appreciation contributing to the overall satisfaction and well-being of our employees and to innovation in the biotechnology space. 

 

See the full list and find out more about the methodology used on the FOCUS Business list.

23. Jan 2024 Paul Orange joins INFORS HT as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO)

In this role, Paul will lead the company's global commercial strategy, drive business development initiatives, and play a pivotal role in fostering strategic partnerships.

Paul Orange brings with him a wealth of experience in the bioprocessing industry, having held key leadership positions in various companies. His strategic vision, deep industry knowledge, and proven track record make him an excellent addition to the INFORS HT team.

"We are delighted to welcome Paul to INFORS HT as our Chief Commercial Officer. His extensive experience and strategic insights will be instrumental in driving our commercial growth and strengthening our position as a global leader in bioprocess solutions," said Anja Hawrylenko, CHRO and representative of the shareholders in the board of directors.

Before joining INFORS HT, Paul most recently served as Chief Commercial Officer & Board member at H.E.L Group. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated a strong commitment to innovation, customer satisfaction, and business excellence. Paul's leadership skills and passion for advancing bioprocessing technologies align seamlessly with INFORS HT's mission to empower researchers and bioprocess professionals with cutting-edge solutions.

"I am thrilled to be joining INFORS HT, a company known for its commitment to innovation and excellence in the bioprocessing industry. I look forward to contributing to the continued success and growth of INFORS HT, and I am excited about the opportunities that lie ahead," commented Paul on his appointment.

Paul holds a PhD in Molecular Neuroscience and a BSc. (Hons) in Anatomy & Cell Biology, both from The University of Sheffield. His commitment to continuous learning and staying at the forefront of industry trends reflects INFORS HT's dedication to providing state-of-the-art solutions to its customers.

For more information about Paul Orange and his professional background, please visit his LinkedIn profile.

29. Sep 2023 INFORS HT among Top 5 Finalist for SVC Prize 2023

Celebrating Excellence in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

We are proud to announce we have been selected as one of the Top 5 finalists for the Swiss Venture Club Northern Switzerland Prize 2023. The Swiss Venture Club Prize is renowned for celebrating the most innovative and forward-thinking companies and entrepreneurs in the region. We are honored to be among the finalists and thank all our colleagues, partners and stakeholders for their continuous support in working towards our mission of improving our customers' bioprocess-workflows. For more details about the competition and to learn about the other remarkable finalists, please visit here

12. Jun 2023 Nicolas Richerdt joins INFORS HT as Chief R&D Officer

Nicolas Richerdt joins INFORS HT as Chief Research and Development Officer as of 1st May 2023.

He worked until recently as Head of R&D for laboratory equipment and brings extensive experience throughout his career in previous roles in areas as development engineer, project leader, application architect and software development manager in the industry of medical devices and printing.

With his vision and drive for advancement Nicolas will play a key role driving innovation within the company.

Nicolas holds a Master of Science in Automation and Software Engineering from Southern Alsace National Engineering School ENSISA in France as well as in Electrical Engineering from the Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal in Canada. He also obtained an MBA at the Edinburgh Business School and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland.

09. Feb 2023 New production line for the Techfors-S bioreactor!

2023 is a big year for stainless steel bioreactors at INFORS HT.

We kicked off the year with the inauguration of the new Techfors-S production line. Through the scaleup of our capabilities in this state-of-the-art facility, we are best equipped to continue meeting the increasing demand from #biopharma and biotech for stainlesssteel bioreactors.

Take a glimpse into the new production facility and watch Lucas Kuehner, our CEO, share why this is important.

08. Nov 2022 Discontinuation Ecotron

Effective immediately, the Ecotron incubator shaker will be discontinued. The decision to stop the Ecotron model is driven by a streamlining effort of our product portfolio. The Ecotron will not be replaced and we encourage you to switch to the Minitron incubator shaker as an alternative product for future projects.

Confirmed orders: All orders that have been confirmed until November 3rd, 2022 will be produced.

Repairs: Repairs are guaranteed within the the next 5 years.

Successor product: The Ecotron will not be replaced and we we encourage you to switch to the Minitron incubator shaker as an alternative product for future projects.

24. Jan 2022 Dr Susanne Braum joins INFORS HT as Managing Director for Germany

Dr Susanne Braum will join INFORS HT as the Managing Director for its German subsidiary Infors GmbH. Susanne is a expert in medical and laboratory systems for the international life science industry and her appointment will further strengthen the capability of INFORS HT to serve its German customers.

Dr Susanne Braum will take-over the overall business responsibility for INFORS HT activities in Germany. She will play an important role in enhancing the group’s market position in this key market. Susanne joins INFORS HT with more than 20 years of experience in the international marketing & sales of medical and laboratory systems and life science applications as well as market and business development programmes. Her capacity to foster solid co-operations and partnerships with customers will be of significant benefit.

Susanne worked until recently as Head of Application Technology for a Germany based, internationally renowned provider of laboratory products and services for the life science industry. Earlier in her career, she took responsibility as Manager Market & Business Intelligence of a leading international supplier of scientific analytical instruments in life sciences, medical & industry. Previous positions in her career included roles as Senior Market Manager for lab automation solutions, measuring equipment and diagnostics as well as Product Manager and Sales Representative for high-performance screening systems in pharmaceutical drug research.

Susanne has a broad background from working in different internationally renowned companies in the field of Life Sciences, Medical Technology and Biotechnology. She holds a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Tübingen and a Master of Science in Biology from the University of Kaiserslautern.

The Executive Board welcomes Susanne to INFORS and wishes her every success in her career with the company.

06. Apr 2021 Lucas Kuehner appointed as new CEO of INFORS HT

The board of directors of INFORS HT has appointed Lucas Kuehner as the CEO effective March 1. He succeeds Michael Hawrylenko, who has left top management.

After his studies in business administration in Basel, he began his career in management consulting, where he acquired extensive expertise in strategic development and implementation. He subsequently transferred to an international group, where, among other responsibilities, he headed the U.S. subsidiary before he was appointed to the group management in Basel. As division head, he assumed responsibility for the global introduction and optimization of business processes and developed strategies for customer care and sales approaches through digital technologies.

"We are pleased to have found in Lucas Kuehner a CEO with regional roots who at the same time has many years of international management experience. We are convinced that he will successfully lead our company into the future with his expertise," says Alexander Hawrylenko, Chairman of the Board of Directors of INFORS HT.

19. Mar 2020 We remain available - use our digital communication channels

Due to the development of COVID-19 / Corona many people are concerned. We would like to let you know how we are dealing with the situation.

Our first priority is to protect the health and well-being of our employees, along with our customers, and to do our part to contain the virus. We follow global developments attentively, while implementing WHO recommendations consistently and with the utmost care.

You can access our products and place your requests as usual at www.infors-ht.com. Even in these challenging times, we are happy to provide you with advice and solution-oriented support. Your contact person can be reached by e-mail or telephone at the usual times. You can also contact us via LinkedIn and Facebook.

Take care and support each other. We firmly believe that we will get through the situation together.

27. Jan 2020 New license structure and drivers for eve® - Easier selection and faster connection to third-party devices

With the Q3 2019 release, INFORS HT is changing the licenses for eve®, the platform software for bioprocesses.

Instead of the Core, Plan & Control as well as User Management & Reporting packages, there are three licenses which can now be selected:

  • Basic: Essential monitoring and reporting features for shaker and bioreactor experiments, perfect for smaller budgets.

  • Standard: Workflow-oriented planning tools including comprehensive features for bioprocess automation, control, monitoring and reporting.
  • Premium: Full version to meet the technical requirements of FDA 21 CFR Part 11 and EudraLex Annex 11.

For customers, the new license structure offers an easier selection of the appropriate configuration and a simpler overview of the features.

A new driver structure simplifies the connection of various third-party devices. Via a clearly arranged user interface, the user can define parameters which are monitored and controlled via eve®. The new drivers are available for OPC, Modbus and all Applikon bioreactors.

Learn more about eve® and its features.

03. Jan 2020 INFORS HT expands production in Switzerland

A second production line has been in operation since November in the Swiss headquarters in Bottmingen.

In this way, INFORS HT is responding to the sustained high demand for its products. With the new production line, INFORS HT is doubling its capacities, which results in shorter delivery times. In Bottmingen, bioreactors and incubation shakers will be produced primarily for markets in Europe, Asia and Latin America. The USA and Canada are supplied by an additional production site of the U.S. branch which was also expanded in 2017.

18. Dec 2019 Christmas the Swiss way

Get into the Christmas spirit with this delicious Swiss Christmas treat!

Brunsli

Ingredients:

  • 200 g sugar
  • 250 g ground almonds
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 pinch of cinnamon
  • 100 g melted swiss chocolate
  • 2 egg white

1. Preheat the oven to 250°C and measure out all the ingredients.

2. Mix sugar, almonds, flour, cinnamon and melted chocolate in a bowl. Fold in the egg white and stir until all the ingredients are combined, do not knead. Chill for 1 hour.

3. Sprinkle sugar on to a clean surface and roll out the dough until it is approximately 1 cm thick. Cut out the Brunsli with a shape cutter and let them dry overnight at room temperature.

4. Bake in the middle of the preheated oven for 4-6 minutes. Let the Brunsli cool down on the tray. Store in an airtight container

5. Enjoy!

Merry Christmas and best wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year!

03. Oct 2019 INFORS HT launches new version of the Techfors pilot bioreactor

With the Techfors, INFORS HT is offering a bespoke solution for production-scale bioprocesses. The new pilot bioreactor differs from its predecessors not only in terms of looks. The user interface is consistently workflow-oriented and therefore makes operating the Techfors absolute child's play. With the aid of the eve® bioprocess software, complex bioprocesses can not only be controlled, monitored and analyzed in a GMP-regulated environment, but also documented.

As in the previous models, INFORS HT has implemented a modern design with clear lines. However, the new version of the pilot bioreactor has far much more to offer: "Besides the modern look with ergonomically arranged pumps and a tilting touch screen, we particularly focused on a consistently workflow-oriented user interface," explains Dr. Dirk Hebel, Lead Product Manager Bioreactors, INFORS HT.

The result is a real eye-catcher. Controlling the new Techfors pilot bioreactor using the touch screen user interface is child's play. The software is the same as that used in the smaller bioreactors. The advantage of this is that the user can get started right away – without the need for any familiarization. The interface and procedures are already familiar from the smaller bench-top and parallel bioreactors. The eve® bioprocess software is used not only to control, monitor, and analyze complex bioprocesses but also to document them in conformity with GMP.

The proven advantages of the Techfors are also offered by the new version: each pilot bioreactor is produced precisely according to the customer's requirements. Thanks to the modular design, sensors or analysis devices can be retrofitted at any time later on. The INFORS HT team is available as required to provide support during qualification and validation.

15. Aug 2019 The Minitron has launched featuring the upgraded INFORS HT design

The new design is flawlessly incorporated into the modern laboratory environment, with its fresh white and discreet orange accents. These enhancements also apply to the functionality: The display and important function keys are uniformly positioned across a range of products, and the operating sequences are consistent. It is simple to connect to eve® via a standard Ethernet interface. In other words, anyone who already has a Multitron can use the new Minitron instantly.

The benefits at a glance:

  • New INFORS HT design to suit the aesthetics of modern laboratories
  • Uniform operation across devices for easy integration
  • An Ethernet interface for reliable connection to eve®

We’ve saved the best news until last: The new Minitron will be ready for delivery from September 2019. The previous beige version is now discontinued. Effective immediately, all forthcoming orders will be produced and shipped as the new version.

11. Jun 2019 New release of eve®, the bioprocess platform software

INFORS HT is releasing a new, even more powerful version of eve®. It includes better integration with hardware and software from third-party suppliers. Furthermore, a new alarm function is now available. This alerts the user via email if there are errors or values which deviate during the bioprocess.

The latest eve® version, Q2 2019, makes it even easier to integrate devices and software from third-party manufacturers into the platform. The new email alarm goes beyond the previous control and monitoring via the browser. It notifies the user as soon as an alarm occurs in a specific batch. The parameters for this alarm, such as temperature deviations or network problems, can be specified in advance for each batch. Here is an overview of the most important features of the new eve® version: 

  • New automatic email alarm system: eve® sends you emails in the case of batch alarms
  • Increased compatibility and flexibility with 3rd party devices and software: New REST API and new user interface for drivers to easily and quickly integrate additional devices and software to eve® 
  • The LIS (Liquid Injection System) shake flask feed pumps from aquila biolabs is now supported by eve®

Additional features and optimizations:

  • Improved overall performance when opening batches
  • Automatic notification when a new version becomes available
  • New SI units for parameters are available
  • Designation of user-specified functions in the batch strategy
  • Parameters can be renamed to allow adoption of the name(s) used by the connected device
  • Customizable OPC (DA, XML DA and UA) drivers with new user interface
  • Customizable Modbus (RTU and TCP) driver with new user interface
  • Customizable Applikon drivers with new user interface

The new version is available for free download to users with a valid Support & Assurance license.

17. May 2019 Biomass measurement in bioreactors is becoming even simpler and more comprehensive

With the combination of two new products, INFORS HT and aquila biolabs provide a new solution for the automatic, comprehensive and yet straightforward biomass measurement in bioreactors. This is possible with the technology of non-invasive online measurement of biomass which is integrated in the eve® platform software for bioprocesses.

A manual offline biomass measurement is time-consuming, allows only a limited understanding of the bioprocess, and entails a higher rate of error. Because sensors are used, there is no need for manual samples for biomass measurement. aquila biolabs goes one step further and it offers a sensor – the CGQ BioR – which does not even need to be introduced into the culture medium. Instead, the sensor is mounted on the outer wall of the culture vessel and measures the biomass optically using scattered light measurements. In this way, detailed microbial growth kinetics are recorded in real time. At the same time, autoclaving and installation are eliminated beforehand – the sensor can be mounted at any time.The biomass data provided by the CGQ BioR can be used for process control, for example, in the growth-curve-based induction of protein production or to generate feeding profiles. If the data are transferred into eve®, the growth kinetics can be clearly documented and compared with earlier batches. The event-based control is thus just as easy as complex feeding profiles based on the biomass development. In addition, eve® provides a soft sensor for correlating the measured values with, for example, OD or bio dry mass.The CGQ BioR can be directly integrated into INFORS HT bioreactors. The measured values are displayed directly on their touch screens. Alternatively the sensor is available as a stand-alone version for the devices from third-party suppliers.

06. May 2019 Minifors 2 bench-top bioreactor now also for cell cultures

INFORS HT expands the product portfolio for cell culture applications. The Minifors 2 bench-top bioreactor, which won the iF Gold Award for its user-friendly design, is now available in a new version. The proven concept – a compact bioreactor system which has comprehensive features and is easy to operate – remains the same.

The Minifors 2 is a preconfigured complete package with which users can quickly start their cell culture processes without time-consuming installation. The culture vessel, which is available in three sizes, is fully equipped with a digital pH sensor and optical pO2 sensor, temperature sensor, exhaust gas cooler, (anti-)foam sensor, sparger, sampling system and up to three additional freely available ports. The culture vessel is operated on a compact base unit with four freely configurable pumps and a touch screen as the operating unit. The cell culture version additionally offers five fully automatic gas lines and can additionally control external pumps via two analogue inputs and outputs. In addition, the bioreactor can be optionally expanded by biomass sensors, exhaust gas analysis and an external scale for gravimetric feeding.With these additional options and the connection to the eve® platform software, bioprocesses can be understood even more easily and optimized further.Thanks to the integrated and intuitive touch screen software, the Minifors 2 remains easy to operate, despite the comprehensive features. The intuitive software provides multilingual step-by-step guidance through all functions, such as calibration of the sensors. If needed, brief texts with information on components and applications can be displayed.“Especially for beginners who need a ready-to-use and easy-to-handle bioreactor for their cell culture applications, we consider the Minifors 2 for cell cultures to be an interesting alternative to single-use bioreactors,” says Daniel Egger, marketing director at INFORS HT.  

17. Jan 2019 The best Multitron of all time

A new chapter in an ongoing success story: over 20 years after the Multitron was first introduced on the market, INFORS HT now presents its fourth-generation, redesigned incubation shaker—one representing a new, even better solution for ideal cultivation conditions and delivering unsurpassed capacity, a minimal footprint and easy operation.

The new Multitron offers researchers even better conditions for cultivating microorganisms, cell cultures and phototropic organisms. The new temperature-control concept allows users to achieve optimum, gradient-free temperature uniformity, guaranteeing comparable growth conditions across all batches. The hygienic design of the new Multitron has been improved as well, with rounded interior corners for a chamber that has fewer components, making it far easier to clean. And its new UV decontamination feature, its condensate-free, direct-steam humidification, and its antibacterial coating for the housing mean that the Multitron meets the stringent requirements of cell-culture applications.

The new Multitron also satisfies the increasing efficiency demands of the biotech industry. As was the case with its predecessor, the capacity-to-footprint ratio of this incubation shaker is unlike any other: by using a three-tier stacked configuration, researchers can cultivate over 50 liters and/or 23,000 batches in parallel—even though the base is only 1 m wide. The top unit remains at a comfortable working height of 1.40 m, while the new door mechanism and quick, automated start-stop feature keep interruptions in the cultivation process to a minimum.

“By combining traditional advantages with new features, the new Multitron is a response to trends and to new demands in research and development—developments that include increasing digitalization. Starting now, for example, the Multitron comes with an Ethernet interface that can be used for connecting to simple SCADA software such as eve®,” explains Dr. Dirk Hebel, bioprocess equipment product manager for INFORS HT. Customers can place their orders for the new Multitron with any INFORS HT affiliate or distributor beginning January 18.

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