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Improving influenza vaccine quantification; a comparative study of SRID and SPR

Reliable analytical tools are valuable for economical process development, production, and batch release of vaccines. The current method recommended by the European Pharmacopoeia and WHO for determination of influenza virus titer ¬ single radial immunodiffusion assay (SRID) is straightforward and easy, but leaves plenty of room for improvement when it comes to assay variability and speed of analysis. In addition to having low sensitivity and precision, the method is both time-consuming and quite labor-intensive. In this study a Biacore™ assay…

Critical aspects for mixing of stratified solutions in vertical bags

With increasing use of single-use, disposable fluid processing systems, concerns of mixing arise in processes such as protein concentration, clarification and diafiltration. For some operating conditions of flow rate, solution viscosity or flow path configurations, protein solutions may become stratified in vertically-oriented hanging bags. This can cause decreased efficiency in cross flow applications. In this study, we modeled a stratified solution and tested the influence of these various operating conditions using ReadyCircuit* 2-D pillow bags. Even with viscous materials, flow…

Optical Oxygen and pH Sensors for Monitoring Biofermentation Processes

Advances in high-performance sensor materials and optoelectronics have enabled optical sensors for use in markets including the life sciences, environmental, food and beverage, process control and biotechnology. Compared with traditional electrochemical sensing techniques such as galvanic, paramagnetic and fuel cell sensors, these optical sensors can be made in small and customizable form factors such as probes and self-adhesive patches. The sensors also have fast response, provide long-term stability and are chemically inert. This experiment demonstrates the viability of optical sensors…

Facing the Challenges in Bio-Pharmaceutical Production

Much attention has been given to ion exchange (IEX) media as a means to improve productivity as a result of increasing demand for higher efficiency on the downstream process. Until recently, strain optimisation for high productivity and upstream purification were the bottlenecks for most bio-processes. However, with the progress made in recent years, titers in fermentation processes have increased significantly. Obviously, this increased volumetric productivity will help reducing the cost of goods, but it also has an impact on the…