Downstream Processing

Accelerating BioProcess Development Using Microbioreactors

This podcast features: Frank Kensy, Managing Director, m2p Labs     This podcast was recorded at the 2013 BioProcess Theater which took place at the 2013 BIO International Convention, April 22-25, 2013. The BioProcess Theater, a 50-seat amphitheater located on the exhibition floor at the heart of the BioProcess Zone, provided attendees with daily, complimentary opportunities to listen, learn, and interact with leading experts as they presented, discussed and debated the latest business and scientific trends impacting the development and…

ROUNDTABLE: Flexible Facilities – Strategies for Supplying Complex Biologics in a Changing Global Market

This podcast features: Chairperson: Susan Dexter, Principal Consultant, Latham Biopharm Group Speakers/Panelists: Geoff Hodge, VP of Biomanufacturing Services, Xcellerex, a GE Healthcare Company Dr. Abdullah Baaj, Founder and CEO, Boston Oncology Dr. Yan-Ping Yang, Head of Downstream Processing, Sanofi Pasteur Peter Cramer, Vice President, M&W Group     This podcast was recorded at the 2013 BioProcess Theater which took place at the 2013 BIO International Convention, April 22-25, 2013. The BioProcess Theater, a 50-seat amphitheater located on the exhibition floor…

Polishing of Monoclonal Antibodies Using Capto™ MMC ImpRes in Bind and Elute Mode

GE Healthcare Life Sciences MAb purification toolbox employs protein A chromatography media (resins) such as MabSelect SuRe™ or MabSelect SuRe LX, in the capture step. After the initial protein A step, there is a range of options for intermediate and polishing purification steps. One option is Capto MMC ImpRes, a new chromatographic medium based on a multimodal cation exchange ligand. This work describes a rapid procedure to establish a robust second step in bind/elute mode for the purification of a…

A Risk-Based Life-Cycle Approach to Implementing Disposables for Facility Flexibility

Plastic-based, single-use, disposables has been prevalent in biotech/pharmaceutical manufacturing processes for decades. Examples of such technologies include filters, gaskets, tubing, sampling bags, carboys, and ultrafiltration/diafiltration (UF/DF) capsules. In recent years, single-use technology has made great leaps in broadening the range of options and applications available. Disposable bioprocess containers are now widely used for applications such as media/buffer preparation and storage, bioreactors and cell culture operations, in-process intermediate containers for manufacturing operations, final drug substance/product containers, and so on. Customized solutions…

The Influence of Polymer Processing on Extractables and Leachables

Polymers provide a unique set of material properties, including toughness, chemical resistance, versatility, and low cost for both multiple-use and single-use bioprocessing systems. Polymer materials are manufactured as fittings and tubing for research and development (R&D) laboratories, as containers for bulk chemical and biological storage, as filters and separation technologies for downstream processing, and as containers and bottles for drug substance storage. These components and systems are helping drug companies improve their manufacturing flexibility, reduce their operating costs and capital…

Supporting Continuous Processing with Advanced Single-Use Technologies

It has been 10 years since the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) articulated — in its guidance for process analytical technology (PAT) — the goal of “facilitating continuous processing to improve efficiency and manage variability” (1). Since that time, regulators and industry have worked toward applying continuous processing (CP) to all facets of pharmaceutical manufacturing, including bioproduction (2, 3). Last year, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) referred to CP in its draft Guideline on Process Validation, and the FDA…

Seeding Tissue-Engineered Vascular Grafts in a Closed, Disposable Filter–Vacuum System

Tissue engineering is a multidisciplinary science that applies principles from engineering to the biological sciences to create replacement tissues from their cellular components (1). Resulting neotissues can repair or replace native tissues that are diseased, damaged, or congenitally absent. One technique that has come into widespread use is based on seeding cells onto a three-dimensional (3D) biodegradable scaffold that functions as a cell-delivery vehicle (2). Cells attach to the scaffold, which then provides space for neotissue formation and can serve…

Broadening the Baseline

When the editors of BPI asked us at BPSA to put together a content-rich article for the single-use supplement, we were happy to do so. Our challenge was how to bring in multiple viewpoints about the growing business of single-use that would be a “quick read” for the BPI audience. The answer: an expert colloquy (a “conversational exchange or topical dialogue”). Represented here are several of the most qualified industry spokespersons in single-use — all are members of BPSA and…

Single-Use Pumps Take Center Stage

The multibillion-dollar global biopharmaceutical industry is placing increased emphasis on development and manufacture of advanced biologics. Such products offer exciting potential for the development of drugs that could provide as-yet-unknown treatments for a wide array of diseases. One important goal is to commercialize biologic products as early as possible within the typical 20-year patent window. Patent submission must occur during drug development. Much work follows a patent filing, including further product development, toxicity checks, and clinical trials. Hopefully, US Food…

Implementing Disposable Sampling Devices for Fully Autoclaved Equipment

Sampling is used extensively to monitor both behavior and quality throughout biopharmaceutical processesing (1, 2). Methods must deliver representative samples and — more important — not compromise the integrity of a given unit operation or the process of which it is part. When microorganisms, animal cells, viruses, or nonfilterable materials are involved, sampling methods must not introduce contamination (see the “Regulatory Requirements” box). For successful sampling, three methods have been used routinely over the years: steam-in-place (SIP) valves; aseptic tube…