Product Highlight: Apocrine Sweat
By Saji George
Apocrine glands are a member of the sweat gland family. Although present from birth, apocrine glands become active during puberty and start to produce apocrine sweat. This sweat is composed of proteins, carbohydrates, fatty acids, steroids, lipids electrolytes, and nitrogen metabolites such as ammonia and urea. Apocrine sweat is initially sterile and odorless but when acted upon by commensal bacteria present in the axilla region, it produces the malodor compounds responsible for the human axillary odor.
Participation in sports and other types of exercise has become an integral part of many people’s everyday life as a means to achieving a healthy lifestyle. Clothing can play a further role in retaining or emanating odor because bodily secretions and skin bacteria may be easily transferred from the body onto the adjacent garment.
Odor-control products are now in high demand, including: textiles, personal hygiene products, and underarm hygiene products that are formulated with nutrients or antibacterial substances after careful investigation of skin flora.
Pickering Laboratories’ artificial apocrine sweat was formulated as a human mimic after thorough research of available literature. It includes necessary chemicals that are vital to its unique properties. There is nothing else like it on the market! Our diverse customers come from the fragrance, odor control, personal care, and performance textile industries, to name a few.
How Pickering Supports the Fight Against COVID-19: Product Testing Solutions
By Maria Ofitserova
For several years now, Pickering Laboratories has continued to expand our line of Product Testing Solutions to include new synthetic body fluids or environmental solutions. We offer a variety of formulations of artificial perspiration, sebum and saliva for testing fabrics, plastics, dental alloys, medical devices, wearables and other electronics and many different consumer products.
The challenges that Covid-19 pandemic presents for the pharmaceutical and health care industry are staggering, and they impact manufacturers of medical devices and personal protective equipment as well. This brings into focus the need for artificial bodily fluids that can be used for both ongoing testing and tackling the new developments introduced by the Coronavirus crisis.
Currently, Pickering Laboratories offers Artificial Lung Fluid called Gamble’s solution, which is used to simulate different interstitial conditions in the lung. Several artificial lung fluid formulations are described in literature and we would be happy to discuss customers’ particular testing needs and help you choose the correct solution for your specific application. As established manufacturers of medical devices are now joined by companies newly entering the health care space, we are proud to do our part in ensuring that medical equipment, such as ventilators, get properly tested.
Extensive shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) are creating another layer of emergency during this time. The shortage has forced many companies to consider implementing new sterilization techniques for personal protective equipment originally designed for a single use only.
Masks are especially challenging to sterilized since they get saturated with sweat and oil during use. They are also normally disposable items, not intended to undergo cleaning procedures. Pickering’s artificial perspiration and sebum can simulate the real-world conditions most PPE are exposed to and can be used to help develop ways to safely extend their use.
Pickering’s staff is dedicated to working hard to support our customers, new and returning. We are recommitting to our promise of providing quality reagents and solutions quickly to support essential businesses and supporting manufacturers.
We are accommodating custom formulation requests with accelerated response times. Our Technical Support Chemists are ready to answer any questions you may have. Our Research Chemists are working side-by-side with our production team to rapidly meet demand on new custom projects.
Please reach out if you would like additional information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Larger Formats Abound!
By Rebecca Smith
Seen here posing with our new Artificial Perspiration carboys![/caption]Pickering Laboratories has again increased our Product Testing Solutions offerings to provide even more options and savings to our customers! As our products continue to gain in popularity, we are increasingly getting requests for larger volume bottles and bulk purchases.
David Mazawa, Technical Support Chemist for Pickering Labs. Seen here posing with our new Artificial Perspiration carboys![/caption]
Larger sized bottles are now available of our new Artificial Sebum, giving customers the choice to purchase as 25 grams or 200 grams per bottle. The new 200g bottles, part number 1700-0702, will provide significant savings over purchasing large amounts of Artificial Sebum in the smaller bottles (part number 1700-0700). This product is available off the shelf, as inventory permits.
Our AATCC Test Method 15 Artificial Perspiration is a very popular formulation, particularly as the stabilized version with two years shelf life. We currently offer this stabilized formulation in our standard 200mL bottles (part number 1700-0015), and as a case of 4 x 950mL bottles with part number 1700-0541 for larger volume users.
It is with much excitement that we now offer the ability to order stabilized AATCC Test Method 15 Artificial Perspiration in even larger volumes! By purchasing one of our new 19.8L carboys, our customers can save significantly on their large volume purchases. Carboys of AATCC Test Method 15 stabilized sweat, part number 1700-0555, are available now as a made-to-order product.
These carboys, which hold almost 20 liters in a single container, are available for any customer wishing to purchase stabilized artificial perspiration in bulk volumes. Please contact email@example.com for more information on bulk volumes of your artificial perspiration formulation of choice.
New Pickering Test Solutions products:
1700-0702 Artificial Sebum, 200g
1700-0555 AATCC Test Method 15 Artificial Perspiration, stabilized, 19.8L
Also feel free to visit our webpage at www.pickeringtestsolutions.com for more information. Thanks!