Rapid Purification of Biopharmaceuticals by Crystallization

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2019-NAGY-68435
Purdue University researchers have devised a fast method of biopharmaceutical crystallization for use in the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry. Crystallization of biopharmaceuticals is an important process of purification and manufacturing of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API). Slow growth kinetics is the rate limiting step for many contemporarily used protein crystallization methods. This bottleneck in addition to high cost chromatographic purification of the protein crystals that form exemplify the need for a faster, less expensive biopharmaceutical crystallization method.

Researchers at Purdue University have developed a faster crystallization method that significantly reduces protein batch purification times by modulating solvent addition and mixing speed during the crystallization process. This production process was tested by producing active lysozyme in powder form at a rate of 20 g/day. Batch production times were reduced 20 fold over contemporary crystallization methods. This methodology produced spherical lysozyme particles that were a few hundred microns in diameter and exhibited properties useful for purification and downstream processing. This process could be optimized for antibodies, pharmaceuticals, enzyme catalysts, and any other protein powder production significantly increasing productivity of API production.

Advantages:
-Faster biopharmaceutical crystallization
-Good bulk flow properties
-Chromatographic separation replacement

Potential Applications:
-Biopharmaceutical manufacturing
Lysozyme production
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