Germfree presented its Mobile Adaptive Bioproduction Suite at the BIO International Convention in San Diego. The biopharmaceutical facility is the first of its kind to provide configurable space for biotech R&D and small-scale bioproduction within a self-contained mobile platform.
These suites provide cGMP-compliant biomanufacturing solutions by integrating cleanrooms and biocontainment zones in a 53-foot (16-meter) trailer. Previously, there were limited options for quickly addressing small-scale bioprocessing challenges. The Adaptive Suites deliver new options for fast, flexible and cost-effective production space that would be impractical in a brick and mortar building. Germfree’s advanced platforms are engineered to operate as stand-alone facilities and can be easily repurposed and relocated globally.
In recent years, the number of new biotechnology startups has skyrocketed. However, many small-scale pharmaceutical projects lack the viable infrastructure to meet their demands. Concurrently, there has been an industry-wide shift toward more flexible manufacturing environments. “The biotech industry is under intense pressure to adapt to production processes and facilities that keep up with the rapid pace of innovation,” said Jeff Serle, Senior VP, Germfree.
“We’ve engineered the Mobile Adaptive Bioproduction Suite to provide the next level of flexibility that is key in the early stages of drug development,” Serle continued. “Germfree rapidly deploys turnkey facilities anywhere they are needed, for the duration of the project. Startups are able to begin R&D or early small-batch production without committing to traditional building construction or renovations which significantly reduces initial capital expenditures.”
The Adaptive Mobile Suites are adaptable for emerging processes and all core equipment is interchangeable. The units accommodate a wide range of scientific instrumentation, bioproduction equipment and any engineering controls for primary and secondary biocontainment.
Recent innovations in high-performance, compact biotech components further promote the adaptability of the Germfree trailer. “Our mobile unit fits seamlessly at the intersection of emerging biotherapeutics, applications that require flexible space and new small-footprint bioprocessing equipment.” said Carol Houts, Director of Quality, Germfree.
Germfree’s Adaptive Bioproduction Suites are optimal for a wide range of biotechnology research, development and production applications. These include: monoclonal antibodies, therapeutic proteins, gene therapy, viral vector, cell therapy and live virus vaccines.
“Our platform will help solve small-scale processing challenges especially for precision medicine,” Houts added. “The Adaptive Suite is easily configured to the ISO cleanroom grade or biosafety demands of each application. The capabilities of the mobile suite will also help facilitate the rapid development and clinical trial biomanufacturing processes that are critical to product pipeline success.”
(Source: PR Newswire)