Nigel John Titchener-Hooker

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This paper presents the application of a decision-support tool, SIMBIOPHARMA, for assessing different manufacturing strategies under uncertainty for the production of biopharmaceuticals. SIMBIOPHARMA captures both the technical and business aspects of biopharmaceutical manufacture within a single tool that permits manufacturing alternatives to be evaluated(More)
The risk of a pandemic with a virulent form of influenza is acknowledged by the World Health Organization (WHO) and other agencies. Current vaccine production facilities would be unable to meet the global requirement for vaccine. As a possible supplement a DNA vaccine may be appropriate, and bioprocess engineering factors bearing on the use of existing(More)
Scale-down is a methodology that combines the use of very small volumes of process fluid in dedicated devices to predict accurately the behaviour of process-scale biotechnological unit operations and for the production of comparable material for use in further devices which, taken together, facilitate the mimic of a complete full-scale process. This article(More)
Locating optimal protein precipitation conditions for complex biological feed materials is problematic. This article describes the application of a series of high-throughput platforms for the rapid identification and selection of conditions for the precipitation of an IgG(4) monoclonal antibody (mAb) from a complex feedstock using only microliter quantities(More)
The article examines how a small set of easily implemented micro biochemical engineering procedures combined with regime analysis and bioprocess models can be used to predict industrial scale performance of biopharmaceutical protein downstream processing. This approach has been worked on in many of our studies of individual operations over the last 10 years(More)
SDS-alkaline lysis of recombinant Escherichia coli cell suspensions was carried out in a coaxial cylinder rheometer, and the data were used to establish the time course of lysis reaction. The results of the experiments showed that cell lysis reaction time depended on cell strain but was unaffected by plasmid size and plasmid copy number. The high molecular(More)
The work presented here describes an ultra scale-down (USD) methodology for predicting centrifugal clarification performance in the case of high cell density fermentation broths. Existing USD approaches generated for dilute systems led to a 5- to 10-fold overprediction of clarification performance when applied to such high cell density feeds. This is due to(More)
This paper presents an experimental analysis of matrix bead size distribution and voidage variations with axial height in an expanded bed adsorption system. Use of a specially constructed expanded bed with side ports has enabled sampling from within the expanded bed along the vertical axis. Particles removed from within the bed were measured for their size(More)
Fed-batch and perfusion culture dominate mammalian cell culture production processes. In this paper, a decision-support tool was employed to evaluate the economic feasibility of both culture modes via a case study based upon the large-scale production of monoclonal antibodies. The trade-offs between the relative simplicity but higher start-up costs of(More)