March 2009

Use of Membrane Technology in Bioprocessing Therapeutic Proteins from Inclusion Bodies of

The ultimate goal of recombinant fermentation research is cost-effective production of desired proteins by maximizing volumetric productivity (to obtain the highest amount of protein in a given volume in the least amount of time). Bioprocessing for recombinant proteins using genetically modified organisms requires a stable, high-yielding recombinant culture, a highly productive fermentation process, and cost-effective recovery and purification procedures. Escherichia coli has been a widely used host for expression of recombinant proteins (1). Its advantages lie in the enormous data…

Pursuing Excellence

      As new medicines, vaccines, biomaterials, and biofuels move through development, companies often face some of their toughest hurdles in moving from benchtop to production-scale processes. These are not only technological, but as technology advances it becomes more difficult to find experienced talent to make use of it. Some regional endeavors, such as the National Biomanufacturing Centre in the United Kingdom and the Massachusetts Biomanufacturing Center in the United States are pooling skills and resources to help companies…

TIDES

For 2009, TIDES renews its focus on science. The agenda was put together by leaders in oligonucleotide and peptide development and manufacturing. The result is a program with novel, in-depth scientific data in each presentation. The agenda once again includes comprehensive coverage of drug candidates in development; new strategies for formulation and delivery; and the latest in regulatory updates, quality initiatives, process and analytical development, and manufacturing. This allows you the opportunity to benchmark your progress against that of your…

Biologics New and Improving

By far the most successful applications of biotechnology have been in the medical field. The vaccine industry is undergoing a complete transformation thanks to biotechnology. And cutting-edge research is giving us whole new ideas about disease therapy using nucleic acids and regenerative medicine. Proteins and Other Therapeutics Cancer has been a primary target for many MAb “magic bullets” and a major research area for life scientists over the past quarter-century. Oncologists have identified ∼200 cancers that affect human beings, some…

Global Marketplace

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The Human Network

      Biotechnology is not simply about science or technology, process engineering or cell lines, corporations or regulations. It’s ultimately about the people involved in all these things — and about the people they hope to serve with their biotech aspirations. It’s about scientists and technicians, businessmen and medical professionals, patients and consumers, farmers and governments, all their lives touched in one way or another by the biotechnology industry — some admittedly more than others. Policy decisions made by…

The Vaccine Renaissance

The global vaccine industry has undergone a dramatic and well publicized rebirth. Near the end of the 20th century, it faced an uncertain future with increased pricing pressures and liability challenges for marketed vaccines. Many long-standing members of the industry chose to scale back their R&D efforts or abandon them altogether. Today, however, the landscape has changed. Because of a confluence of positive factors (advancements in science and technology, greater appreciation for the role of vaccines as antibiotic resistance increased,…

Creating an Effective Strategy for Offshoring to China

China’s business landscape offers enormous opportunity for both traditional foreign direct investments and newly hot foreign private equity (PE) and venture capital (VC) investments. The country’s economy has grown at an annual rate of nearly 9% for 25 consecutive years, and its growth is forecast to continue at an annual rate of 8% despite the current global economic crisis. Foreign investment in billions of dollars are continuing to flow into China. But the country’s explosive market growth also presents tremendous…

Molecular Medicine

      In the 1980s biotechnology began to transform medicine with the introduction of recombinant hormone treatments and “magic-bullet” drugs based on monoclonal antibodies. In the 1990s, protein kinases offered a key to cancer treatment, and gene therapies promised to address many diseases at their most basic, genetic level. The 21st Century has brought us stem cells, RNA interference, biomarkers, and predictive medicine. None of these things has supplanted the others; instead, they merely expand on the basic idea…

Overcoming Barriers to Success

Eli Lilly’s 2001 annual report stated that “Xigris… will prove to be one of our industry’s genuine breakthroughs” (1). The company believed that its first-in-class drug “could help save one in five people who otherwise would die” from severe sepsis. One of the world’s oldest and most virulent killers, sepsis is the third most common cause of death for hospitalized patients in the developed world after heart disease and cancer. In the United States alone, 750,000 patients are hospitalized with…