Rapid optimization of chromatography operating conditions using a nano- liter scale column on a microfluidic chip with integrated pneumatic valves and optical sensors

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March 5-10, 2017


Purification of monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) is traditionally achieved by chromatographic separations, which are very robust but require time-consuming optimization on a case-by-case, particularly if a non-affinity step is used. In this context, multimodal chromatography has been explored as a versatile and cost-effective alternative to the established affinity step employed for capturing mAbs. However, selective capture/polishing of a target mAb using such multimodal ligands comes with the need for extensive and time-consuming optimization, due to the multitude of interactions that can be simultaneously promoted in the ligand. In this work, we developed a novel microfluidic platform comprising multimodal chromatography beads inside micro-columns for rapid screening of operating conditions. Sequential liquid insertion in the device was achieved by using integrated pneumatic valves and the chromatographic assays were combined with a signal acquisition module for on-chip fluorescence measurements.

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