Process Development

Successful process development enables a smooth and rapid path from cell strain selection to cGMP product delivery. The Process Development team designs scalable manufacturing processes to support Phase I – III clinical trials and assesses how robust a process is, and defines the critical process parameters (CPPs).

Our process development scientists take a modular, Design of Experiment (DOE), based approach to develop optimal fermentation and product recovery processes as well as downstream purification steps. Methods, such as high cell density fermentation, are used to increase product yield and manufacture high quality product in an efficient manner.

We utilize well-established protocol-based technology transfers to bring in customer developed processes; alternatively, we can employ the efficient processes developed and/or optimized by our own scientists.

Preparing for cGMP Manufacturing

Our team is highly experienced in determining equipment and facility fit, as well as optimization of individual steps in an existing set of unit operations to confirm the overall process is best-suited for scale up and cGMP production.

When the phase-appropriate process is fully developed, the Process Science group works hand-in-hand with our Technology Transfer group to ensure the complete manufacturing method is seamlessly transferred to the cGMP Manufacturing group to initiate scale-up manufacturing.

Key Services

Our development teams ensure the integrity of your molecule when transferring, optimizing or developing efficient upstream and downstream processes.

  • Vector design
  • Strain selection
  • Media optimization
  • Fermentation
  • Harvest
  • Primary recovery
  • Capture and polishing chromatography
  • Filtration operations
  • Client process technology transfer and optimization
  • Identification of critical process parameters
  • Development of process control strategies


Fermentation and Primary Recovery Equipment

  • 8x 250 mL (ambr) and 4x 5 L fermenters
  • Dead end centrifugation
  • Avestin C3 Homogenizer
  • Microfiltration
  • Ultrafiltration/diafiltration

Purification Equipment

  • AKTA Pure and Pilot Chromatography Systems
  • SartoFlow Smart and Advanced TFF/UF/DF Systems