Upstream Bioprocessing In-Depth Focus 2018
In this In-Depth Focus: upstream cell culture processes for the production of therapeutic proteins, the evolving role of three-dimensional in-vitro cell culture techniques in drug discovery, and human iPSCs-derived functional cells are revolutionising phenotypic drug discovery and development.
In this In-Depth Focus:
- Upstream cell culture processes for the production of therapeutic proteins
Drugs of biological origin form the backbone of the drug discovery pipelines for many major pharmaceutical companies. These biologic therapeutics can be defined as proteins derived from eukaryotic cell culture processes. The ability of eukaryotic cells to undertake complex post-translational modifications makes them ideal vehicles for manufacturing proteins emerging from development pipelines.
- The evolving role of three-dimensional in-vitro cell culture techniques in drug discovery
Drug discovery is a lengthy process that proceeds through several stages. High-throughput screening (HTS) utilising whole-cell-based screening assays plays a fundamental role as a starting point for identifying novel compounds in the drug discovery process.
- Human iPSCs-derived functional cells are revolutionising phenotypic drug discovery and development
Effective drug discovery and development relies largely on the availability of predictive pre-clinical model systems; the absence of which has contributed to late-stage drug failures and high expenditures. New industry acceptance of human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC)-derived cardiomyocyte assay systems for regulatory safety pharmacology is now resulting in the broad use of the technology in drug discovery and development. Here, we demonstrate an end-to-end solution covering large-scale manufacturing of hiPSC-derived cells enabling phenotypic high-throughput screening (HTS) in a relevant human cellular disease model.
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