2016

Continuous Processing and Integrated Facilities

Single-use technology has transformed the biomanufacturing industry, because single-use products provide significant savings over stainless steel infrastructure. Single-use technologies also create flexibility for biomanufacturers, enabling them to move from single-product processes to multiproduct facilities. As revolutionary and transformative as single-use technologies have been, the industry is on the cusp of another major shift, which comes with its own impressive benefits, but with some challenges as well. Continuous and Batch Processing Continuous processing has been used successfully for many years in…

A Fast and High-Precision Influenza Vaccine Potency Assay

Fast and accurate determination of vaccine titer during manufacturing is important for understanding the performance of a development process and for scaling each process step. Although single radial immunodiffusion (SRID) has been the most commonly used technique for vaccine titer determination, it can be time-consuming and imprecise, requiring up to three days for results. The Pall ForteBio Octet® system offers a simple and direct method for measuring vaccine–antigen–antibody binding, capable of delivering high-precision analysis in as little as three hours.…

Application of DNA Looping: Efficient, Controlled, and Scalable Microbial Expression in pAVEway™ Expression Technology

Efficient expression of proteins is an integral part of the biopharmaceutical drug development process. With a range of expression systems, it is important to balance long-term manufacturing goals (e.g., cost of goods and productivity) while matching the expression system to suit the characteristics of a protein (e.g., product quality attributes and long-term stability). Finding the right expression system early on can make or break a therapeutic candidate as it moves from laboratory bench to clinical administration. FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies has…

Digital Communication in Algae Cultivation: Arc Technology Helps Optimize Yield and Growth Conditions of Algae

Today algae are commercially cultivated for pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, cosmetics, and aquaculture purposes. The abundance of vitamins, minerals, and trace elements as well as the fatty acid profile and thickening and stabilizing functions of their polysaccharides make algae valuable. Algae also can be used to produce biodiesel, bioethanol, and biomass that can be burned to generate heat and electricity. Like plants, algae use sunlight during photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is an important biochemical process in which plants, algae, and some bacteria convert the energy…

Boosting Profitability with Single-Use Powder Transfer

Many biopharmaceutical manufacturers are implementing single-use containment for transfer of media and buffer materials to prevent feedstock contamination and promote worker safety. But the type of containment system used can have a significant impact on productivity and profitability. Equipment should be evaluated and chosen carefully. Pertinent Questions Systems should be analyzed not only for their basic ability to contain powders of interest, but also for how efficiently they integrate into production process. For instance, could the system introduce productivity bottlenecks,…

Labfors 5 with LabCIP: Innovative Solution for High-Throughput Microbial Culture

The need for a rapid turn-around in quantity (and the loss of technicians in many laboratories) has created a trend toward implementation of single-use vessels. Their advantages include no time lost in cleaning or sterilization (especially for bench-scale, autoclavable systems), no chance of inhibition or cross-contamination due to poor cleaning, and no need for cleaning and sterilization facilities in a crowded laboratory. For production-scale steel bioreactors, fully automated clean-in-place (CIP) and sterilization-in-place (SIP) have been possible for decades. By contrast,…

Amplify Your Titer: Kerry’s AmpliCHO CD Medium

For over 75 years, Kerry has earned its reputation for reliability and excellence in serving the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and nutrition markets. We deliver innovative solutions to assist customers increase cell proliferation, extend cell viability, and increase target protein production in biotechnological production systems. Every day, we expand our capabilities to meet the changing needs of the biotechnology market. Kerry’s products have evolved with market trends in cell culture over the past 50 years to fulfill our customers’ requirements and have…

Working with Single-Use Industry Partners to Make a Better Tube Clamp

During the fall of 2014, we received requests from a couple of large, single-use technology (SUT) system integrators asking whether we could develop a new tube clamp for their SUT assemblies and skids. There were several motivating factors behind these requests. As bioreactor skids became larger and larger (with thousand-liter and larger SUT containers), technicians had increasing difficulties assembling current clamps onto tubing. In some cases, technicians were lying on their stomachs and reaching under the bioreactors trying to install…

Simplify and Intensify Cell Culture: XCell™ ATF Systems for Cell Culture Process Intensification Now Available in Single-Use Format

A finalist for the 2012 BPI Technology of the Decade Award, XCell™ ATF systems consistently yield high cell retention, concentration, and viability, enabling efficient and productive perfusion and N – 1 perfusion as well as cell banking and seed-train cell culture operations. XCell™ ATF devices are now available in single-use format, in addition to stainless steel. The new single-use devices deliver 100% cell retention and laboratory-to-production scalability like their stainless steel counterparts but without the need for autoclave sterilization and lengthy…

Modern Peptone Manufacturing: Raising the Standard for Fermentation Substrates

Peptones from the Solabia Group represent the result of nearly 50 years of strategic activity and savoir-faire. As key components in industrial fermentation, they contribute to a range of products, from probiotics and vaccines to specific bacterial metabolites in cosmetics. Although they are often perceived as replaceable commodities with similar sounding names, that misconception can lead to significant problems. Peptones differ in sourcing as a function of a producer’s manufacturing experience, raw materials, and (most important) production site itself and…