Upstream Viral Risk Mitigation Strategy for High Titer Biologics Manufacturing

Presented by

Aaron Mack, Engineer at Biogen & Dave Kolwyck, Director at Biogen and David Gemmell Senior Process Engineer at Merck

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Presented by Aaron Mack, Engineer at Biogen This talk will focus on the risk based approach that Biogen used for determining which raw materials to initially include in its upstream raw material viral risk mitigation portfolio. High Temperature Short Time (HTST) at raw material suppliers is an integral part of this risk mitigation approach. The merits of a risk-based approach to upstream viral safety will be explored, highlighting the HTST pasteurization viral mitigation capability suppliers like Merck have introduced and expanded. Treatment parameters have been detailed in publically available peer reviewed literature and confirmed in specific raw material components prior to implementation in commercial manufacturing processes. Additionally, benefits of decoupling materials with high risk of viral contamination will be reviewed. Followed by Implementation of a Robust Upstream Viral Mitigation Strategy for Cell Culture Feeds Presented by David Gemmell Senior Process Engineer at Merck (Contact at High temperature short time (HTST) pasteurization is a highly effective method to achieve virus inactivation. This technology has been typically used as an in-house pretreatment tool for high risk bioreactor feeds. The availability of HTST-pretreated feeds minimizes the need to install complex and costly systems in the bioproduction facility, which have significant capital expenditure costs and can become a process bottleneck. The availability and use of complementary virus mitigation strategies minimizes the risk of introducing adventitious agents into the bioreactor, which can impact manufacturing operations and ultimately affect drug supply to patients. The webinar details the products and capabilities Merck have developed regarding viral removal utilizing viral filtration or viral inactivation via High Temperature Short Time pasteurization, of high-risk raw material feeds for the biopharmaceutical industries.
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