B&W Tek Inc. has launched the NanoRam, a handheld instrument for materials identification and verification within facilities that are compliant with current good manufacturing practices. It is a compact Raman spectrometer and integrated computing system based on an open-systems architecture design that can support a variety of applications in multiple industries. Designed for nonspecialists, it operates single-handedly. The device enables pharmaceutical customers to deploy instruments in volume among different sites and to efficiently analyze active pharmaceutical ingredients, excipients and drug products as part of a manufacturing and quality process. It allows rapid development of standardized and validated methods to facilitate 100% inspection for purity and quality, as mandated by government regulators within operational guidelines provided by US and international pharmacopeia.