What does adoption of single-use technology mean for the bioprocessing industry?
The R&D and manufacturing of biologics and biosimilars is extremely expensive due to the amount of detail necessary to replicate and ensure validation of biosynthesis of living cells and their components. It can take an average of 10 years and USD 2.7 billion per drug, according to Wolfgang Kuhne, VP, Technical Development Bioprocessing and Clinical Supply at Roche Diagnostics, as quoted in a recent blog post on Knect365 Bioprocessing blog. The post, entitled, “Single-use technology: The future of the bioprocessing industry?”, gives additional perspectives from leading industry figures, or see a featured infographic on the benefits of single-use technologies.
Single-use technologies are disposable and provide significant time and cost savings as they eliminate cleaning validation steps and provide upstream and downstream solutions. A big benefit, in addition to reduced costs, is the increased flexibility that makes single-use technologies an increasingly attractive prospect for many. How? The sale up process. Single use technologies significantly reduce the development timeline from regulatory to market adoption.
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