Press Release Date: 2/5/2008

 

Upfront Continues Path toward Construction of World´s Largest Industrial Chromatography Installation

Copenhagen 5th February 2007 - Upfront Chromatography A/S, the world´s leading developer of customised industrial protein chromatography processes, has announced a collaboration with Solanic for the installation of a Rhobust™ industrial production plant for the isolation of high-quality functional proteins from the side-stream of potato starch production. Solanic is a business unit of the world´s largest producer of potato starch and starch derivatives, AVEBE. The installation can process over 100,000 litres of raw material each day and is part of a larger project ultimately planned to isolate even more than 10,000 tonnes per year of high value functional proteins for use in food and healthcare. The project will be the world´s biggest industrial protein chromatography installation by far.

The Rhobust universal processing platform, from Upfront, can capture, isolate and purify functional biomolecules directly from bioreactors and industrial side-streams. Alternative methods for industrial-scale protein recovery, such as filtration or traditional packed-bed chromatography systems, are unable to separate the valuable protein components with the purity and cost-effectiveness provided by Upfront. Rhobust enables excellent process control, direct scalability and reduced capital cost. Through development of customised adsorbents and selection of appropriate ligand chemistry Rhobust has exceeded all agreed objectives with respect to yield, purity and quality within the required production goals, set by AVEBE.

"The success of the pilot study has reinforced our commitment to this technology" commented Marco Giuseppin, CTO of Solanic. "The level of technical support and service provided by Upfront was one of the pillars for successful adoption in our industry and we look forward to developing this project into the future."

"The success of this project is further proof of the suitability of our system to industrial scale", commented Anders Weber, CEO of Upfront Chromatography. "The applications for Rhobust are substantial and growing, having been implemented in a diverse range of raw materials including fermentation broths, whey, egg white and human plasma. Our Rhobust technology is already used in the world´s largest adsorption process for the industrial isolation of immunoglobulins from whey".

 

About Upfront Chromatography

Upfront Chromatography A/S develops and manufactures innovative products and technologies for isolation and recovery of biotherapeutics and functional biomolecules directly from bioreactors and industrial side-streams.

For customised separation services, Upfront offers access to its proprietary Rhobust™, universal process platform combined with extensive technical and regulatory support. From a feasibility study to commissioning of the final installation, Upfront works with its customers to develop adsorbents, ligand chemistry, columns and other hardware to optimise process performance. Upfront are currently developing the world´s largest chromatography system.

Upfront focuses in two major application areas: Bioprocess offers a novel solution to customers who need to recover and purify monoclonal antibodies, therapeutic proteins and other biomolecules from blood plasma or bioreactors, under cGMP-compliant conditions. Biomine enables the isolation of high-value functional proteins and other biomolecules from bioreactors or industrial process side-streams for use as food ingredients, industrial enzymes, nutraceuticals and healthcare products.

Upfront´s research, development and ISO9001-compliant manufacturing facility is situated in Copenhagen, Denmark. Please visit: www.upfront-dk.com

 

For further information, please contact:

At Upfront Chromatography:

Anders Weber, CEO
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Eithne McShane, Sales & Marketing Director
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Ben Routley, Account Manager
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