Astra Tech LLC is a small business headquartered near Frederick, Maryland and was formed in early 2018 in order to advance the state of the art in cleaning process validation. Ultimately, Astra Tech hopes the industry will adopt the Dipper line as the most effective means of characterizing the cleanability of products in industries ranging from pharmaceuticals and food processing to coatings and chemical manufacturers.

Isaac Downey, president of Astra Tech, has Bachelors and Masters degrees in mechanical engineering from Stevens Institute of technology with focuses in mechatronics and product design, respectively. Growing up with his father employed as a quality engineer at Becton Dickinson and through Isaac’s own experiences in the medical device and pharmaceutical industries, Isaac has used his engineering skills to design the Dipper in response to a need in both industries.