Wastewater solutions for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry

Challenges in the pharma and biotech industry

The pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry generates wastewater containing a variety of chemical compounds. Pharmaceuticals are designed to be biologically active ingredients (API). Some are easily dealt with by biological treatment methods, but some waste streams contain chemicals that are toxic, environmentally harmful, or biologically non-degradable.

The need to remove hardly degradable drug residues in wastewater will only increase the coming years as environmental regulations become increasingly stringent. Manufacturers of drugs will therefore need wastewater solutions that can document no toxic effect on the ecosystem.

Aquarden’s effective and clean solutions

Aquarden is a market-leading specialist in the development and delivery of environmentally friendly systems for treating toxic and organic wastewater streams.

We offer a wide range of systems and solutions depending on the composition of the particular waste stream. Systems include our patented and prize-winning SCWO-solution. Aquarden’s SCWO-solution completely destroys hardly-degradable and toxic substances in industrial waste streams – at competitive prices – leaving the treated water so clean that it can be discharged to receiving water body, or perhaps reused as process water. Another interesting feature is that it often generate more energy that it consumes, which may be reused.

We work closely with our customers in all phases of wastewater challenge resolution. A solution from us may include initial laboratory scale performance tests on your wastewater, process design, manufacturing, installation, and support – all to ensure that you get the right application.

Contact us to hear more about Aquarden’s  SuperOx® SCWO-system and our cost-effective treatment of ‘problematic’ waste streams from the pharmaceutical and biotech industry.


Benefits of using Aquarden’s SuperOx® SCWO-solution:

  • All organics are eliminated. The SuperOx® system purifies the wastewater completely leaving no toxic or other hazardous compounds behind.
  • The end product is pure water, which can be discharged directly to receiving water bodies, or reused as process water,
  • Purification of organic wastewater streams and removals of salts takes place in a one-step process.
  • Pharmaceutical residues are broken down to below the PNEC-value (Predicted No-Effect Concentration).
  • The SuperOx® SCWO method is highly efficient and much less cost-intensive than conventional incineration, advanced oxidation processes, or other chemical oxidation technologies.
  • Energy-efficient process with reuse of resources (energy and water).

Read more about the benefits Aquarden’s SuperOx® SCWO technology offers

Purification results

Aquarden’s SCWO system destroys all organic compounds and endocrine disruptors from pharmaceutical and biotech waste streams. All organics are completely destroyed. Some of the drugs and active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) we have successfully eliminated are:

Therapeutic use: Painkillers, antibiotic, cancer treatment, endocrine therapy, anti fungal, contrast media, antidepressant etc

Drugs: Amidotrizoic Acid, Amiloride, Atorvastatin, Azithromycin, Bisoprolol, Capecitabine, Carbamazepine, Cefalexin, Cefazolin, Cefotaxime, Cilastatin, Ciprofloxacin, Citalopram, Clarithromycin, Climbazole, Clindamycin, Cyclophosphamide, Diclofenac, Enalapril, Erythromycin, Hydrocortisone, Ibuprofen, Ifosfamide, Iohexol, Iomeprol, Iopamidol, Iopromide, Ioversol, Losartan, Mefenamic acid, Metoprolol, Metronidazole, Mirtazapine, Norfloxacin, Ofloxacin, Paclitaxel, Paracetamol, Phenazone, Prednisolone, Propyphenazone, Ranitidine, Ritalinic acid, Roxithromycin, Simvastatin, Sulfadiazine, Sulfadimethoxine, Sulfamethazine, Sulfamethoxazole, Sulfapyridine, Tamoxifen, Tramadol, Trimethoprim, Venlafaxine, Warfarin, Zopiclone, 4N-Acetylsulfadiazine, 4N-Acetylsulfamethazine, 4N-Acetylsulfamethazine, 4N-Acetylsulfamethoxazole, 1H-Benzotriazole, Dimethylbenzotriazole, 4 + 5-Methyl Benzotriazole

Read our cases about destruction of hazardous pharmaceuticals in wastewater