MAKING OUR LIVES BETTER
BIOFACTORY COMPETENCE CENTER/PALL CORPORATION
JOINING FORCES TO LAUNCH UNIQUE FACILITY
Fribourg’s bioFactory Competence Center (BCC) has joined force with US firm Pall Corporation to launch a unique continuous bioprocessing facility in Fribourg, according to the Director of the BCC, Professor Ian Marison. ”Pall is a world leader in continuous bioprocessing and has supplied the BCC with all the equipment”, Marison explained. ”We have worked together with Pall for the last two years and have designed a range of training courses for Pall and their clients.” Next year, the BCC will initiate a series of public training courses that will focus on continuous bioprocessing for making biopharmaceutical compounds.
”With continuous processing, as soon as some material has completed a given step it can be moved to the next step”, said Gareth Leach, Vice President of Global Product Marketing and European Regional Marketing at Pall Life Sciences in Fribourg. ”It’s more efficient, faster and improves the level of control and reduces the footprint of a facility. The industry, historically, is accustomed to producing ”batch” wise, so the idea of the BCC courses is to help bring an understanding of continuous processing into the open”, Leach added. One advantage of continuous bioprocessing is that factories can be a lot smaller, which lowers manufacturing costs. ”I think production costs could potentially be up to five times cheaper this way, not least because the capital investment needed to build a factory is considerably reduced”, Marison said. The products made can include biopharmaceuticals designed to improve the quality of life regarding the treatment of cancers, autoimmune diseases, and neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer’s.
The process also boosts productivity, according to Marison. ”Continuous bioprocessing offers a much higher productivity, with reduced material costs, which potentially makes it possible to produce 10 times as much product in the same time. Most current reactors are up to 20,000 litres in scale but with a continuous system it should be possible with a 2,000 litre one.”