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Seminars & Webinars

2021

Presenter: Rok Sekirnik

Event: mRNA Therapeutics Summit

Date: July 14, 2021

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The recently demonstrated efficacy of mRNA-based Covid-19 vaccines has shown the promise of this therapeutic format, but also highlighted the need for higher efficiency of mRNA production to meet enormous needs for global vaccine supply. Typical mRNA production process involves three key steps: 1) plasmid DNA (pDNA) production in supercoiled (sc) isoform, linearization and purification, 2) in-vitro transcription (IVT) reaction and 3) mRNA purification. Here we present a chromatographic toolbox for integrated mRNA production from pDNA to mRNA purification, including in-process analytics.

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Presenter: Aleš Štrancar

Event: TIDES mRNA Digital Week

Date: June 28, 2021

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A new purification approach starting from E.Coli all through to mRNA production is presented here. This new approach integrates a pDNA linearisation step before polishing (removal of linear and open circular isoforms) of plasmid DNA. The polishing step, placed after enzymatic linearisation, purifies linear pDNA from enzyme and other unwanted process impurities. The linearised plasmid DNA is then used in IVT for production of mRNA. Fast in-process analytics allows for transcription number well above 100 in reproducible manner.

This approach further introduces mRNA purification tools for improved contaminant removal. The altered sequence of purification and linearisation reduces the overall number of purification steps required, improves recoveries, while the complete process results in extra low protein impurity and very efficient dsRNA removal.

The participants would get insight into the mRNA production steps, their optimisation and tools to allow for robust process. The analytical tools to allow for safe product will be highlighted, too.

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Presenter: Ivana Petrović Koshmak

Event: 2nd Annual Gene Therapy Analytical Development EU

Date: May 26, 2021

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In-process analytics of vector capsid production is a critical optimization target in development of AAV-based gene therapy products. In this presentation we introduce a fast at-line HPLC based system that enables differentiation of vector capsid and empty capsid production in transfection mixtures. Case study results  demonstrating the effects of different process variables on capsid production and assembly are shown and insights about purification are also discussed.

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Presenter: Aleš Štrancar

Event: Genetic Vaccine Development for Infectious Diseases Summit

Date: May 20, 2021

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  • Developments in gene therapy and threat of pandemics requests novel technologies to allow for efficient manufacturing of very large biomolecules and nanoparticles within short time.
  • Convective Interaction Media with open channel structures resulting in no shear forces allows for fast and very efficient manufacturing of mRNA, pDNA, Adeno and other VLP based Covid vaccines.
  • Ultra-sensitive DNA assay and fast in-process control using PATfix systems are introduced for production of safer Covid vaccines.

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Event: BioProcess International COVID-19 Therapeutic Development & Production

Date: April 27, 2021

Developments in gene therapy and the threat of pandemics requires novel technologies to allow for efficient manufacturing of exceptionally large biomolecules and nanoparticles within a short time. Novel vaccine platforms such as mRNA enable the industry to meet its highest goals: decreasing footprint while increasing efficiency and throughput. However, to respond with agility and prepare for future outbreaks, the mRNA platform must be further optimized.

In vitro transcription (IVT), the enzymatic process used for mRNA vaccine production, is different from biological fermentation processes as it requires linearized plasmid DNA. The linear isoform is produced with restriction enzymes from open circular and supercoiled pDNA. Employing a traditional pDNA manufacturing process, which removes multimers as well as linear and open-circular isoforms, reduces production yield.

However, when pDNA and mRNA are treated as a single production process, the purification steps are optimized, yields improved, and overall production costs reduced. This presentation will describe how Convective Interaction Media monoliths can be used to efficiently purify a board specter of mRNA and cover all production scenarios.

This presentation illustrates fast in-process control methods using the PATfix system, which can ensure the rapid production of the safest possible Covid-19 vaccines while reducing manufacturing costs.

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Event: Nucleic Acids- cGMP Production of mRNA & pDNA (virtual edition)

Date: February 1, 2021

Our new Head of Process Development for mRNA and pDNA purification, Rok Sekirnik, presented our Chromatographic tools for high-yielding mRNA production process as workshop.

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Event: Nucleic Acids- cGMP Production of mRNA & pDNA (virtual edition)

Date: February 3, 2021

Our CEO, Ales Strancar presented our Integrated Production Process of mRNA from E. coli to Highly Purified mRNA

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2020

Presenter: Aleš Štrancar

Date: od demand, October 19-22, 2020

Cell & Gene Therapy Bioprocessing & Commercialization  (digital event)

Established processes for pDNA manufacturing include purification steps designed to enrich the supercoiled (sc) isoform. Homogeneous supercoiled isoform improves cell transfection efficiency in fermentation processes and is favoured in cell culture production systems. In vitro transcription (IVT), the enzymatic process used for production of mRNA vaccines differentiates itself from biological fermentation processes by the need for linearised plasmid DNA. The linear isoform is produced with restriction enzymes from open circular and supercoiled plasmid DNA. Employing a traditional pDNA manufacturing process, which removes linear and open-circular isoforms, will therefore reduce the production yield. When plasmid DNA and mRNA are treated as a single production process, the purification steps can be optimised, yields improved, and the overall production cost reduced.

A new purification approach starting from E.Coli all through to mRNA production is presented here. This new approach integrates a pDNA linearisation step before polishing of plasmid DNA. The polishing step, placed after enzymatic linearisation, purifies linear pDNA from enzyme and other unwanted process impurities. The linearised plasmid DNA is then used in IVT for production of mRNA. This approach further introduces mRNA purification tools for improved contaminant removal. The altered sequence of purification and linearisation reduces the overall number of purification steps required, improves recoveries, while the complete process results in extra low protein impurity and very efficient dsRNA removal.

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Messenger RNA is poised to become a major contributor in the fields of gene therapy and vaccines. Making this a practical reality requires purification technology that accommodates its unique features and challenges. Some of those challenges are inherent to mRNA. Others are byproducts of RNA synthesis.

This presentation addresses both and introduces a coordinated purification toolbox to advance the evolution of mRNA therapy.

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Presenter: Ingo Nagler

Date: June 3, 2020

Biomanufacturing and Cell & Gene Strategy Meetings (Proventa International's online meetings)

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Presenter: Ingo Nagler

Date: May 14, 2020

Asia’s SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine Development Challenges (Corona360 In-Conversation webcast series)

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2019

Presenter: Ales Strancar

Date: 19th of June 2019

Place: Biomanufacturing Training & Education Center (BTEC) in North Carolina

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