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FAST-BM: FibroSelect: delivering A Step-change in Biotherapeutic Manufacturing

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Project "FAST-BM" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 71˙429 €
 EC max contribution 50˙000 € (70%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.2.1.4. (INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies – Biotechnology)
2. H2020-EU.2.3.1. (Mainstreaming SME support, especially through a dedicated instrument)
 Code Call H2020-SMEINST-1-2016-2017
 Funding Scheme SME-1
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-08-01   to  2016-12-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    PURIDIFY LTD UK (STEVENAGE) coordinator 50˙000.00


 Project objective

Seven of the top 10 global medicines by spending are biotherapeutics drugs, and the market is growing at a CAGR of 10.1% to reach a value of $287 billion in 2020.

Challenges facing biotherapeutic manufacture are: i) Chromatographic purification, accounting for >50% of processing costs. This is important given the increasing price sensitivity of payers worldwide and serves as a limitation to the growth of the biosimilar industry; ii) Increasing diversity and complexity of biotherapeutics: ~70% of biopharma’s product pipeline are large complex proteins (e.g. bispecific antibodies, fusion proteins or viral vectors), which offer promising therapeutic opportunities, but cannot be manufactured cost effectively as they do not fit with current bioprocessing platform technologies; iii) Process flexibility: The rapidly evolving industry is moving to more flexible disposable formats to cope with uncertainty in drug development and varying market demand.

Puridify has developed an innovative bioprocessing platform technology, FibroSelect, a functionalised cellulose chromatography medium to enable high-productivity, product capture and purification that is economic to operate in a disposable manner.

FibroSelect addresses each point above by i) enabling cost reductions of up to 25% (potentially £700K - £2.7m per batch); ii) offering flexibility to design new bioprocessing platforms; iii) being a wholly disposable system where all purifying ligand is expended per-batch purification. It is innovation in the latter area that helps to drive costs down and increase productivity, as the requirement for cleaning columns and re-validating prior to purification of the next batch of biotherapeutic product is ameliorated. FibroSelect eases process constraints and enables flexibility through single-use processing opportunities thereby maximising facility utilisation as has been seen with the rapid growth in use of single-use technologies for manufacturing.

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