Author Archives: Egbert Müller

Intensification of Fab-Fragment Purification: Multicolumn Chromatography Using Prepacked Protein L Columns

Antibody fragments — such as fragment antigen-binding (Fab) domains, single-chain variable fragments (ScFvs), and heavy-chain variable domains (nanobodies) — have emerged as increasingly important therapeutic and diagnostic alternatives to full-length monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) for a multitude of diseases. Whereas MAb downstream processing is well established and easy to scale based on protein A capture, the purification of antibody fragments is just on the verge of standardized processing. The most promising candidate for effective capture of those containing a kappa light…

Two-Step Monoclonal Antibody Purification Using a Multicolumn Continuous Chromatography Platform

Biomanufacturers typically have relied on multistep processes for optimal removal of impurities such as host-cell proteins (HCPs), DNA, adventitious viruses, and aggregates. However, additional purification steps increase downstream expenses significantly, including costs of supplementary resin, hardware, and buffers. The substantial footprint required at a processing site and additional time needed to perform a complete multistep purification process also increase production costs and complicate process execution. Thus, it is imperative to design and test effective purification procedures for high-quality biotherapeutics, but…