Using alternative cell types, such as yeast, could reduce mAb production time from 5-6 months to 2-3 months. MIT studied the readiness of a yeast currently used to produce commercial therapeutic monoclonal antibody for rapid responses to pandemic situations.
Steps of the project included:
Proof-of-concept data from this study for sustained continuous production of recombinant protein using yeast provides support for next‐generation manufacturing strategies for fast, efficient production of recombinant proteins that may enable improved equitable access and affordability of medicines in the United States and globally, including mAbs and other recombinant protein products such as insulin.
Established reference cells and materials to guide additional development for fast efficient production of Mabs in a yeast organism that could enhance capabilities for pandemic responses.
Informed an alternative manufacturing solutions for on-going responses to protect from COVID-19 or other emerging pathogens.
Directly advanced the biotechnologies that enable small‐footprint biomanufacturing of proteins.
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology