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NEW LISBON, Wis., March 11, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --
Walker Barrier Systems, a producer of isolation and containment equipment within Wabash National Corporation's (NYSE:WNC) Walker Group division, announced today that it has built and delivered the first of eight mobile clean rooms for the Texas A&M Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing (CIADM). Walker Barrier Systems has more than 20 years of experience providing isolation equipment to more than 100 companies in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.
"The ability to leverage Walker Barrier Systems' position as the leading brand of containment and isolation technologies will provide the highest quality, best value products and enhance the Texas A&M CIADM initiatives to establish flexible manufacturing capabilities," said Dr. Gerald Parker, CIADM principal investigator.
The Texas A&M Center for Innovation is home to the National Center for Therapeutics Manufacturing (NCTM), which provides a flexible facility architecture for the development and production of vaccines and therapeutics for use in clinical trials. This adaptability is achieved using mobile clean rooms, which are small, self-contained laboratories configured for individual manufacturing processes. This technology represents a major breakthrough for the manufacture of drugs and therapeutics, as mobile clean rooms provide completely isolated and contained environments that enable multiple therapeutics to be manufactured simultaneously in a single facility. The addition of eight new mobile clean rooms to the NCTM will greatly enhance the facility and the development and manufacturing capacity of the CIADM.
The Walker Barrier Systems mobile clean room design will allow the NCTM to manufacture clinical grade materials at enhanced levels of compliance. Walker Barrier Systems units, constructed with Wabash National's DuraPlate® composite panel technology, are built to support a broad array of processes and platforms that will be required by CIADM to manufacture biosecurity medical countermeasures.
"While mobile, these clean rooms are approximately 48 feet long and 18 feet wide, providing full-scale manufacturing capabilities," said Dave Nick, vice president and general manager of Walker Group Engineered Products. "In addition, they are designed to be joined together to create larger suites to fit specific application requirements. The mobile clean rooms bring together Walker Barriers Systems' leading solutions in isolation and containment into a rapidly deployable and flexible manufacturing facility."