Conference Dates

June 12 – 17, 2022


While regulatory agencies require stringent product quality and safety to be upheld in biopharmaceutical products, today’s competitive biopharmaceutical market requires short process development times. The demand to accelerate especially the development of vaccines became obvious with the COVID-19 pandemic. By expanding process understanding with the use of process design tools the development time of the purification could be significantly shortened.

High throughput experimentation (HTE) provides an automated experimentation platform, which minimizes the amount of used samples and saves experimental time. In this approach, HTE is used to acquire experimental data to regress parameters used as inputs for a chromatographic mechanistic model with the objective to establish an E. coli vaccine purification process development platform for a recombinant subunit vaccine. To provide a generic process development strategy that can be applied to novel antigens, the focus lies on the description of the adsorption behavior of the impurities such as host cell proteins (HCPs) during the capture step. Therefore our approach focuses on the present impurities, in specific the HCPs (Figure 1). When using the same E.coli strain the knowledge regarding the host cell proteins could be transferred to a new product. The first step is the identification of HCPs. Over a thousand HCPs are identified in the E.coli harvest sample investigated by means of mass spectrometry based proteomics. A database containing the properties of these proteins can provide assistance in the decision on chromatography resins suited for the purification process of a new developed antigen.

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