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Ocean Optics Sensors USP Class VI Certified

Ocean Optics' RedEye patches and Sol-gel coating have received USP Class VI approvalExpanding the potential applications for its oxygen and pH sensing patches, Ocean Optics has obtained United States Pharmacopeia (USP) Class VI certification for these products. The company's HIOXY coating for RedEye Oxygen patches and Sol-gel coating for pH applications have successfully met the stringent testing criteria required for this certification.

Ocean Optics' optical O2 and pH sensors designed for accurate, real-time, in situ measurements in packaging and other enclosed containers. The proprietary sensor coating materials do not consume the sample and can be applied to substrates such as probes, self-adhesive acrylic patches (the format tested for USP Class VI) and microtiter wells. Coating options are available for general lab use, high-sensitivity applications and hydrocarbon-rich environments. Depending on the application, oxygen presence or pH can be visually determined by color change with a handheld LED, or a fluorometer can be used to make exact measurements.

The USP is a non-governmental standards setting organization. Class VI is its most stringent testing protocol for classification of plastics used in medicines and other health care technologies. With USP Class VI certification, the biocompatibility, toxicity and extractables of Ocean Optics' sensor coatings are assured to be compatible with biological and pharmaceutical processes and implantable devices. Testing and certification were provided by NAMSA (Northwood, Ohio).

Headquartered in Dunedin, Fla., Ocean Optics is a leading supplier of solutions for optical sensing - fundamental methods of measuring and interpreting the interaction of light with matter. With locations in Asia and Europe, the company has sold more than 150,000 spectrometers worldwide since 1992. Ocean Optics' extensive line of complementary technologies includes chemical sensors, analytical instrumentation, optical fibers, metrology products and optics. The company is a subsidiary of Halma p.l.c., an international market leader in safety, health and sensor technology.

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