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Perspectives in Alkaline Hydrolysis

July/August 2009

The commercialization of alkaline hydrolysis technology used in tissue digester systems has led to many new innovations in the process and equipment design some of which have led consumers to many perceptions and misconceptions regarding the process due to the changing technology.

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Updated August, 2009

BioSAFE Engineering to be featured on the Award Winning 21st Century Business Television series

February 23, 2009

There are many concerns that exist today on the effects and resulting exposure to our environment that biological wastes present. These potential hazards come from a variety of sources and require a select treatment.

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Updated February 23, 2009

BioSAFE Engineering in the right place at the right time: Brownsburg, Indiana - 2008

Friday, 05 December 2008

Brad Crain, is president of BioSAFE Engineering, Biological Security for Agricultural & Forensic Effluents headquartered in Brownsburg.  BioSAFE acquired the intellectual property and patents of the WR2 company and moved their headquarters to Brownsburg in 2007.

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Updated December 5, 2008

New Idea in Mortuary Science: Dissolving Bodies With Lye

September 15, 2008

Brownsburg (Indianapolis), Indiana –Funeral Industry Offers New Idea: Dissolving Bodies With Lye, Heat and High Pressure.

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Updated September 15, 2008

The Green Party, Dublin, Ireland, 2008

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Dublin, Ireland - The Green Party sees alkaline hydrolysis as a short-term measure to get rid of meat and bonemeal in the context of the BSE crisis

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Updated May 8, 2008

New idea in mortuary science: Dissolving bodies with lye

By NORMA LOVE, Associated Press Writer Thu May 8, 2:46 PM ET

CONCORD, N.H. - Since they first walked the planet, humans have either buried or burned their dead. Now a new option is generating interest — dissolving bodies in lye and flushing the brownish, syrupy residue down the drain.

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Updated May 8, 2008


MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University researchers work to stay at the forefront of technology.

The College of Veterinary Medicine is doing just that by installing a WR2 Tissue Digestor in mid-May in the department of diagnostic medicine/pathobiology.

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Updated Thursday, May 12, 2005


Final Environmental Assessment, December 2004 BSE-infected carcasses or tissue must be disposed of in such a way as to inactivate, to the extent possible, the pathogen and eliminate the spread of disease and risk of transmission to other animals, wildlife, and humans. Disposal method chosen also should be the most environmentally acceptable in regard to the local geography, topography, type of animal and disease, numbers of carcasses to be disposed, and disposal options available.

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Updated March, 15, 2005

Alabama officials plan to buy second WR2 Tissue Digestor to be better prepared in case of an outbreak of disease or bioterrorism

News Washington correspondent, Mary Orndorff reports on January 14, 2004 that the Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries wants to put the WR2 Tissue Digestor at Auburn University. "The state recently bought a smaller capacity Tissue Digestor for use at the lab in Elba. It will be able to cycle about 1,500 pounds at a time. The model officials want for Auburn could handle 4,000 pounds per cycle".

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Updated February 10, 2004

Iowa Lab at Center of Animal Health

When Question of Disease Arises, Researchers at Institution Go to Work

From an AP wire story appearing on January 6, 2004:

"Because the protein that causes the disease is not destroyed by typical rendering, the carcasses were destroyed in a tissue digestor, a large stainless steel vat that melts the carcasses in boiling lye under pressure, then dries the liquid into a powder that is incinerated."

Wisconsin Installs 100-84-52 Tissue Digestor with Help from USDA

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Updated Jan 21, 2004