• Ierapetritou, Marianthi (PI)

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Project Summary/Abstract.The overall goal of this proposal is to develop and implement a platform technology-based testbed of a fullyautomated and integrated continuous upstream bioprocess. The testbed will incorporate integratedcomponents of process models, sensors (physical and virtual), control software and hardware, and datamanagement and will serve as a platform to develop the necessary scientific, technological and regulatoryframework. This output of the proposed effort can then be used as a pre-cursor to fully integrated continuouscommercial biomanufacturing, by academics, industrial practitioners and regulators alike, as we collectivelycollaborate to put the pieces into place for advanced manufacturing of biological based products made bycontinuous biomanufacturing. To this effect, the overall goal will be realized by focusing on the followingspecific aims:Specific Aim 1: Mammalian cell biosynthetic behavior manipulation via in-process corrective feedback throughthe rapid detection of key process and cell-culture parameters.Specific Aim 2: Process model development and validation for failure mode identification, risk assessment,comparison of process alternatives and in-silico model-based analyses.Specific Aim 3: Integrated (soft)-sensing, control, data management and implementation in a continuousupstream bioprocess to demonstrate increased real-time product quality assurance.The proposed work addresses an emerging advanced manufacturing approach (i.e., continuous bioprocessing)and the critical barriers to its adoption by providing further scientific knowledge captured into predictive modelsthat can be used to develop subsequent process control and automation. Performing such work under FDAsponsorship in conjunction with industry interactions provides a pathway to commercial adoption with anaccompanying regulatory framework. Furthermore, there is a growing interest in realizing the benefits ofcontinuous bioprocessing where initial work has pointed to the benefits of this technology. Together with therecent guidance(s) expressed by the FDA on continuous (bio)-processing in both the large and small-moleculespace, and the recent trend of industrial companies moving toward a more biologic drug based portfolio, thereis an immediate need to advance the state of the technology for more expeditious adoption and regulation.The proposed work is aligned with Rutgers University's strategic direction and the University's commitment tosupporting work in this field at the institutional level. Finally, part of the investigative team are also keymembers of the C-SOPS team that have successfully worked with a pharmaceutical companies, vendors andthe FDA as part of the NSF-ERC infrastructure to develop and implement a proof-of-concept continuousmanufacturing (CM) drug product tested at Rutgers that eventually formed the basis for JanssenPharmaceuticals Prezista drug approval via CM.
Effective start/end date9/20/188/31/21


  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)


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