Transformation of Biopharmaceuticals Manufacturing Through Single-use Bioreactors

Recently, in the biopharmaceutical industry an increasing demand for quality biologics has been observed, where Single-Use-Systems (SUSs) Bioreactors have emerged as one of the most prominent and reliable solution for biomanufacturing. Disposable bioreactors have transformed the process of conventional biomanufacturing, and their adoption is increasing rapidly for production of various biologics, such as antibody, recombinant proteins, cell and gene therapy. Presently, a number of single use bioreactor systems are available that can be used for culturing variety of cells for manufacturing numerous biotherapeutics. Specifically in the healthcare industry, the development of novel disposable bioreactor has led to significant advancement in bioprocessing and synthetic biology, enabling the production of innovative biotherapeutics with high yield and quality.

What is Single-use Bioreactors?

A single-use bioreactor, also known as disposable bioreactor, employs single use bioreactor bags instead of stainless-steel culture vessel for the manufacturing of various biologics. Disposable bioreactors are complex systems used across numerous sectors of the industry, for the production of pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, food, and beverages. These systems provide controlled conditions for cell growth by providing optimum nutrient supply, and oxygenation, enabling the production of biologics. Single use bioreactors can range from small laboratory-scale to industrial-scale systems, and may be operated in batch, fed-batch, or continuous bioprocess.

Mode of Operation in Single Use Bioreactors - Roots Analysis

The following points highlight the different mode of operations:

  • Batch mode of operationinvolves a closed system in which the substrate is added after inoculation and no extra feed is added during the process. The biomass or the culture is totally dependent on the initial substrate. However, due to depletion of the substrate and accumulation of inhibitors, the growth rate of biomass is negligible.
  • Fed-batch mode of operations also known as semicontinuous process. In this type of culture, a growth-limiting substrate is fed during the process which extends the duration and density of the culture. The feeding strategy can be modified accordingly, in order to regulate cell growth and fermentation.
  • Continuous mode of operationrepresents an open system, characterized by continuous supply and removal of nutrient media. As a result, the products are also removed continuously. The rate of incoming feed is equal to the rate of harvest removal. Balanced input and output leads to steady state culture that can last for several days to months.

Key Trends that are Shaping up the Global Single-use Bioreactors Market

Technological innovations related to single use bioreactors have enabled the development of advanced systems. There are a number of companies that are now involved in the development of advanced single use bioreactors. Currently, the focus of many bioreactor manufacturers is on incorporating a variety of advanced features, including provisions for alerts / alarms, electronic process logs, built-in system process control sensors,  touch screens, remote monitoring features and advanced safety provisions, in their proprietary offerings.

Single-use bioreactors having aforementioned features have been demonstrated to enable increase in efficiency and quality of the process. Further, the integration of controllers and automated systems is another technological advancement, that allows to keep the process parameters within the desired and acceptable limits, but also make the necessary adjustments, while minimizing the risks of human errors. It is worth mentioning that the single use bioreactors market is also witnessing the adoption of bioprocessing 4.0 solutions that leverages machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) for real-time process monitoring. The ongoing efforts in the field of single use technologies will support the growth of the single use bioreactors market over the forecast period.

Key Trends in the Global Single-use Bioreactors Market - Roots Analysis

Bottom Line

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