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January 03, 2012

Single-Use Bioprocessing

There are two schools of thought on the “industrialization” of single-use bioprocessing. The camps cannot agree if disposable processing has fully arrived or not. Some believe that disposable processing will not have fully arrived, or been industrialized, until single-use equipment becomes widely available for end-to-end unit operations industry-wide and across production scales. Others say defining industrialization solely in terms of end-to-end disposability neglects the evolution of bioprocessing itself. An industry study cited by Justin Hutchinson, associate director of product management for Thermo Fisher Scientific’s cell culture and bioprocessing business, estimates that more than 40% of integrated single-use systems are now used in GMP manufacturing. Which camp are you in?

Do you think disposable processing has been industrialized?

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