MilliporeSigma Launches Next-Generation Process Technologies for Intensified Drug Production
- Technologies include first-of-its-kind cation exchange (CEX) chromatography resin for flow-through removal of mAb aggregates
- GMP-grade modified amino acids for single-fed batch processing
- New products reduce risks, improve speed and flexibility
Burlington, Massachusetts, September 4, 2018 – MilliporeSigma today launched three new products to help biomanufacturers navigate the evolving biopharma landscape with increased speed, greater flexibility and enhanced quality. These next-generation process intensification technologies were unveiled at the 2018 BioProcess International Conference & Exhibition, being held in Boston, Massachusetts, September 4–7, 2018.
- The Eshmuno® CP-FT resin, a first-of-its kind CEX chromatography resin for the flow-through removal of aggregates from mAb therapeutics.
- Two modified amino acids to simplify feeding and reduce total volume in cell culture:
- Phospho-L-Tyrosine Disodium Salt EMPROVE® EXPERT
- L-Cysteine S-Sulfate Sodium Sesquihydrate EMPROVE® EXPERT
“MilliporeSigma is uniquely qualified to lead the industry through the next-generation evolution and down the path of process intensification,” said Udit Batra, CEO, MilliporeSigma. “Through these next-generation process intensification technologies, we are helping customers bring new therapies to market, delivering them to patients faster and more cost-effectively than ever before.”
MilliporeSigma has seen the powerful impact the new evolution of drug manufacturing has demonstrated in the marketplace. The company estimates that next-generation processing will reduce production costs by 25 percent or more and free up manufacturing capacity by as much as 65 percent.
The Eshmuno® CP-FT CEX chromatography resin uses flow-through frontal chromatography to remove aggregates from mAb therapeutics, which can induce an immunogenic response in patients. By enabling loading capacities 10 times higher than traditional bind/elute CEX chromatography, Eshmuno® CP-FT resin reduces costs and improves productivity. It requires less resin and less buffer volume while offering a shorter processing time.
Phospho-L-Tyrosine Disodium Salt EMPROVE® EXPERT and L-Cysteine S-Sulfate Sodium Sesquihydrate EMPROVE® EXPERT, enable high concentrations of tyrosine and cysteine in cell culture feeds. Moreover, they can be integrated into the main bioprocessing feed, simplifying fed-batch process with optimized productivity and reduced risk. The only such products that meet industry quality and GMP (per IPEC) standards, these amino acids derivatives are stable and soluble at neutral pH and room temperature.
MilliporeSigma representatives are available to discuss these innovative technologies at booth 1517 at the BioProcess International Conference & Exhibition, September 4-7, at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Massachusetts.
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About the Life Science Business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
The Life Science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, which operates as MilliporeSigma in the U.S. and Canada, has 20,000 employees and 60 manufacturing sites worldwide, with a portfolio of more than 300,000 products enabling scientific discovery. Udit Batra is the global chief executive officer of MilliporeSigma.
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany completed its $17 billion acquisition of Sigma-Aldrich in November 2015, creating a leader in the $125 billion global life science industry.
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany is a leading company for innovative and top-quality high-tech products in healthcare, life science and performance materials. The company has five businesses – Biopharmaceuticals, Consumer Health, Allergopharma, Life Science and Performance Materials – and generated sales of €15.3 billion in 2017. Around 53,000 employees work in 66 countries to improve the quality of life for patients, to foster the success of customers and to help meet global challenges.
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany is the world’s oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company – since 1668, the company has stood for innovation, business success and responsible entrepreneurship. Holding an approximately 70 percent interest, the founding family remains the majority owner of the company to this day. The company holds the global rights to the name and the trademark “Merck” internationally except for the United States and Canada, where the company operates as EMD Serono, MilliporeSigma and EMD Performance Materials.
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