Author Archives: Frank Detmers

Affinity Chromatography Applications with Single-Domain Antibodies

Figure 1:  Current downstream processing strategies for recombinant proteins often require multiple chromatographic steps, which may lead to poor overall product yields. Product purification can be especially difficult when a target protein displays reduced stability, has isoforms or misprocessed variants, or needs to be purified from a complex mixture containing a high level of impurities. Through highly specific antibody–antigen based interactions, affinity chromatography brings significant technical advantage to these protein purification challenges. Developed to tackle such challenges, CaptureSelect™ technology is…

Increasing Purity and Yield in Biosimilar Production

Current downstream processing strategies for recombinant proteins often require multiple chromatographic steps, which may lead to poor overall yields. Product purification can be especially difficult when a target protein displays reduced stability, forms isoforms or misprocessed variants, or needs to be purified from a complex mixture containing a high degree of contaminants. One technology that has been developed to tackle such limitations is based on custom-made chromatography matrices containing camelid-based single-domain antibody fragments. With a molecular weight of only 12–15…

Novel Affinity Ligands Provide for Highly Selective Primary Capture

    Downstream processing of biopharmaceuticals is costly and time-consuming, often involving multiple steps with significant time and energy expended on maximizing product quality and yield. Affinity chromatography is one of the simplest and most effective methods for purifying protein and peptide therapeutics, offering reduced process steps and therefore higher yields than nonaffinity methods can provide. Protein A is widely used for affinity purification of monoclonal antibodies (MAbs), Fc fragments, and Fc fusion proteins. But it is a challenge to…