About Us | History

A division of Alfa Wassermann, Inc., a provider of quality products and services to the health care community since 1960, Alfa Wassermann Separation Technologies is a leading provider of continuous flow ultracentrifugation for process development and industrial scale manufacturing.  AWST's largest presence is in the bioprocess industry for the manufacture of vaccines and other bioproducts.

Alfa Wassermann history

Started in 1967 under the name Electro-Nucleonics Inc. (ENI), AWST introduced the Model K Ultracentrifuge that year. By 1991, the company joined the Alfa group of companies under the name of Schiapparelli Biosystems, and introduced the Super G rotor – extending the operational speed from 35 000 rpm to 40 500 rpm and increasing the separating force to over 121 000 xg. The Smart Console was introduced in 1997 as a PC-based computer to provide greater control of the Ultracentrifuges and enable data handling to conform to industry standards for validation and traceability.

In 2001, the company name was consolidated to the parent business name of Alfa Wassermann. AWI has a 45-year history of providing quality products and services to the health care community. In addition to AWST, AWI’s subsidiaries include Alfa Wassermann Diagnostic Technologies, LLC (AWDT), which provides reliable and fully integrated clinical chemistry systems and reagents to laboratories in the clinical diagnostic and veterinary marketplace, as well as the life sciences market.

Most recently AWST has launched an electric drive technology to complement the current air drive Ultracentrifuge range.  The e-Drive range uses a PLC control, integrated refrigeration and electric motor drive to provide a system which enables the user utility to be only an electrical supply to the clean room, so simplifying the installation requirements.

The latest introduction is the Promatix 1000™ /  Research & Development Bioprocess System.  The small scale and full process automation allow for continuous flow Zonal Centrifugation methods at the laboratory scale.