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Accelerating Biomanufacturing by Modelling

Sep 15 - Sep 18, 2019
Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Germany

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Program Highlights
The course takes place at Clausthal University of Technology.


Innovative biologics, including cell therapeutics, VLPs, exosomes, recombinant proteins, peptides etc. seem to substitute monoclonal antibodies as the main therapeutic entities in manufacturing over the next decades.  This molecular variety causes a growing need for a general change of methods as well as mindset in the process development stage as there are no platform processes available like for mabs.

Moreover, market competitiveness demands hyper-intensified processes, including accelerated decisions toward batch- or continuous operation of dedicated modular plant concepts. This indicates gaps in process comprehension, when operation windows need to be run at the edges of optimization.

In this trainings course potential methods are demonstrated for possible solutions throughout the workflow from process development over piloting towards manufacturing operation from process engineering point of view and experience. Especially, the state-of-art for modelling in biologics manufacturing is assessed, clarifying differences and application of statistical, rigorous physical-chemical based models as well as cost modelling. “Digital-twins” are described and efforts vs. benefits for new applications exemplified including the regulatory demanded QbD-(quality by design) and PAT-(process analytical technology)-approaches towards digitalization or industry 4.0 based on advanced process control strategies. Finally, an analysis of obstacles and possible solutions for any successful and efficient industrialization of innovative methods from process development over piloting towards manufacturing, operation, robustness, and analysis results in some recommendations. A central question is exemplified: Under the mindset of QbD and PAT demanded by authorities since 2004, could any biologics manufacturing process be regulatory approved without being modelled by a digital-twin as part of the filing documentation?

Scientists and technicians, involved in process development, should be familiar with the way, how Downstream Processing Sequences are efficiently transferred from preparative into pilot- and production-scale. Profound theoretical and experimental knowledge as well as comprehension of newest design methods will help to meet the time pressure and enormous experimental efforts in daily project work.


  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Sunday, 15 September 2019

    Check-In and Dinner in Restaurant 'Pixhaier Mühle'

    Networking Event: Oberharzer Wasserregal and Mining History

  • Monday, 16 September 2019

    Welcome and Introduction

    Introduction Biomanufacturing Modelling

    Fermentation Modelling

    Lunch Break

    Institute - Guided Tour

    Chromatography Modelling

    Liquid-Liquid-Extraction (LL-Extraction) Modelling

    Membranes Modeling

    Experiments in the Laboratoryn
    Part I: Fermentation, Membranes, Chromatography, LL-Extraction

    Networking Event: Guided Tour Mining Museum and Dinner

    Return to Hotel 'Pixhaier Mühle'

  • Tuesday, 17 September 2019

    Introduction into Fundamentals of Modeling and Simulation Software

    Experimental Model Parameter Determination

    Crystallization/Precipitation Modelling

    Lunch Break

    Experiments in the Laboratory
    Part II: Cryst./Precip, LL-Extraction, Lyophilization, PAT with PLS/PCA

    Networking Event: Guided Tour and Dinner in Goslar

    20:00 - 24:00
    Midnight Session at Hotel 'Pixhauer Mühle': Simulation Tutorials Fermentation, Chromatography, Membranes, Extraction, Lyophilization, 'Clausthaler-Mitternachtsschrei'


  • Wednesday, 18 September 2019

    Fundamentals QbD and PAT

    Cost Modelling

    GMP Regulatory Continuous Bioprocessing (CBP)

    Lunch Break

    Quality by Design (QbD) - Technology in Total Process Design



    Process Analytical Technology (PAT) and Bioanalytics, Regulatory

    Discussion, Q&A

    End of Course


Jochen Strube
Jochen Strube
Clausthal University of Technology - Institute for Separation and Process Technology

Additional Information

  • Learning Objectives

    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of the course participants will be

    • able to apply modern Upstream and Downstream Processing and process design methods in the daily project work
    • familiar with handling of fermentation, membrane, extraction, crystallization / precipitation, chromatography and lyophilization equipment
    • able, to evaluate platform-technologies and the consequences of the 'Quality-by-Design'(QbD) approach incl. 'Process Analytical Technology' (PAT) initiative from 'American Food and Drug Administration' (FDA)
    • in the position to propose experiments for design of USP and DSP unit operations
    • able to make a scale-up transfer of total processes well informed about possibilities and limitations of process design of USP and DSP processes by aid of simulations
  • Who Should Attend

    Who Should Attend

    Scientists and laboratory technicians involved in process development and / or manufacturing. Besides some basic knowledge in computer handling no previous knowledge will be assumed.
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Clausthal University of Technology

Leibnitzstrasse 15
Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Germany
Phone: +49 53 23 22 15

  • Accommodations

    Waldhotel 'Die Pixhaier Mühle'
    An der Pixhaier Mühle 1
    38678 Clausthal-Zellerfeld
    Hotel Website

    Transfers are offered and organized TU Clausthal.
    • from/to Göttingen ICE Main Station(on first Course Day and after Course End)
    • in Clausthal between Hotel "Pixaier Mühle" and course locations

    In the Mensa of the University opportunity for lucnh is given (self-pay basis)

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