GHEORGHE MARIA, CRISTIANA LUMINITA GIJIU, IULIAN CEBANU, CRISTINA MARIA, CARMEN TOCIU IN-SILICO OPTIMIZATION OF A BATCH BIOREACTOR FOR MABS PRODUCTION IN RELATIONSHIP TO THE NET EVOLUTION OF THE HYBRIDOMA CELL CULTURE
Bioreactor optimization is a common engineering problem difficult to be solved due to the large number of influential variables of high variability. Production of monoclonal antibody is a well-known method to synthesize a large number of identical antibodies (that is of uniform characteristics, also called monoclonal antibodies, mAb). Due to such reasons intense efforts have been invested to maximize the production of mAb by using hybridoma cell culture. Based on an adequate kinetic model from literature (experimentally checked) this paper focus on pointing-out the major role of the net evolution of the viable biomass (growth, and decay) in the location of the optimal operating setpoint (SP) of a three-phase mechanically agitated batch bioreactor (TPMAB) with immobilized hybridoma culture. This in-silico analysis opens the possibility I) to optimize the bioreactor performances by placing the SP in the most favourable location, by adjusting the substrate and biomass initial load in the bioreactor according to the preliminary determined characteristics of a modified / improved biomass; ii) to optimize the batch-to-batch operation mode (not approached here) according to the time-varying characteristics of the biomass culture, or iii) to determine the optimal operation of the bioreactor in a fed-batch operating mode (not approached here).