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The Bio-Works staff are seasoned and enthusiastic (yes, even a bit nerdy) experts in purification resins, methods and strategies with many years of experience of the ins and outs of this field. We love our job and we’d love to help you do yours by sharing some good solid facts, principles and best practice. In short – “purification made simple”.
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QuickTip #6: Use true buffers

Posted by The Bio-Works Team on Dec 4, 2019 9:15:00 AM

A critical and fundamental factor in both analytical and preparative chromatography is the use of true buffers. In other words, mobile phases with buffering capacity. For example, in peptide purification, there are concentrated bands of various components of the sample, including the target peptide, moving through the column and you need to have control over their tendency to dissociate...

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Topics: Quick Tips, Tips and Tricks, Protein purification, Peptides, Buffers

QuickTip #5: Filter everything

Posted by The Bio-Works Team on Nov 26, 2019 11:45:00 AM

Filtering is crucial in order to protect the packed column from all solid particles in feeds or eluents. Clogging of the column will increase back-pressure and disturb the feed loading zone causing reduced resolution and it is a common problem...

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Topics: Quick Tips, Tips and Tricks, Ion exchange chromatography, IEX, Resin fouling, IMAC, Filter, SEC

Ten things you must know when producing synthetic therapeutic peptides

Posted by The Bio-Works Team on Nov 18, 2019 9:40:39 AM

Peptide therapeutic agents are enjoying increasing success but they are challenging to produce and, not least, to purify. Purity requirements are, in fact, approaching those for small molecules. Synthesis generates a challenging crude mixture containing failed sequences and chemical variants. 

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Biologics, Biopharmaceuticals, Peptides, Peptide drugs, orthogonal, synthetic peptides

QuickTip #4: yield of His-tagged proteins

Posted by The Bio-Works Team on Nov 14, 2019 9:15:00 AM

Immobilized Metal Ion Affinity Chromatography (IMAC) is used for purification of His-tagged proteins. Ni-NTA based resins are the most commonly used as the Ni2+ ion is considered to have the strongest affinity to histidine-tagged proteins but stringent requirements on the yield of target protein can make it well worth the extra effort of trying another metal ion to optimize the purification process...

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Topics: Quick Tips, Tips and Tricks, Protein purification, His-tagged, IMAC

Join the effort to make chromatography sustainable

Posted by The Bio-Works Team on Nov 8, 2019 9:15:00 AM

The environmental impact of pharmaceutical R&D and production is considerable. Although the industry is rather conservative and also constrained by regulatory guidelines, there is increasing interest in the implementation of sustainable practices that not only improve corporate social responsibility (CSR) performance but also reduce costs and increase efficiency. This effort is embodied in the concept of Green Chemistry and includes reducing the use of toxic solvents in production and purification, which is a considerable problem. Solutions include recycling and the use of upstream protective columns that remove bioburden to increase the life-cycle of columns used downstream, or even make certain solvent-consuming steps redundant altogether.

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Topics: guard column, Biologics, Biopharmaceuticals, Cleaning in place, Resin fouling, RPC, orthogonal

QuickTip #3: optimizing mAb purification

Posted by The Bio-Works Team on Oct 14, 2019 1:38:24 PM

Designing an optimized purification process means maximizing yield and purity, and at the same time controlling costs. So, you remove a lot of bulk impurities during the first steps, and focus on high yield steps at the end, when every gram is precious. If you’re purifying mAbs, it would also be good to remove impurities before affinity chromatography to protect the protein A column and reduce the need for cleaning in place (CIP).

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Topics: Quick Tips, mAbs, Tips and Tricks, Ion exchange chromatography, guard column, Multimodal

Affordable and safe biosimilars for affordable healthcare

Posted by The Bio-Works Team on Oct 2, 2019 3:19:08 PM

When it comes to many serious and challenging diseases, healthcare has reached a point of unsustainability, due to drug costs. For example, sustained therapy for an autoimmune disease or cancer, involving large amounts of monoclonal antibodies (mAbs), might not be a viable option for simple economic reasons. As a consequence, healthcare authorities want to reduce the cost of drugs by encouraging the development of biosimilars. When biological drugs are off-patent they can be copied – which is cheaper than developing the novel drug, but still challenging because of the need to demonstrate the same efficacy and safety. Drug purification, a key to successful manufacture of biologicals, must also adapt by exploiting products and technologies that lower the overall cost of production.

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Topics: mAbs, Biologics, Biopharmaceuticals, Biosimilars

Are mAbs the ultimate targeted therapy?

Posted by The Bio-Works Team on Sep 25, 2019 2:26:00 PM

Since the 1980’s, monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) have revolutionized healthcare and continue to do so. A short history of mAb approvals shows their increasing sophistication and targeting of disease mechanisms – even down to purifying them for medicinal use.

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Topics: mAbs, WorkBeads affimAb

QuickTip #2: choosing IEX resin

Posted by The Bio-Works Team on Sep 12, 2019 11:55:00 AM

Recovery of the biological activity of your target substance is a priority, and it’s important to check for its pH and ionic strength stability values...

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Topics: Quick Tips, Tips and Tricks, Ion exchange chromatography, IEX

CHO cells in fed-batch bioreactors dominate mAb upstream processes

Posted by The Bio-Works Team on Sep 9, 2019 2:58:08 PM

Choosing a mammalian cell line or other type of host is as critical a question as any other in the complex world of monoclonal antibody (mAb) manufacture. We take a look at the present status, with fed batch Chinese Hamster Ovary (CHO) cell culture in a dominant position, and reflect on the ever-present need to keep upstream and downstream development teams talking to each other.

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Topics: mAbs

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