BioStreamline: Streamlining the development of next generation biotherapeutics

Event Details

Start Date
Wed, 26 Jun 2019 09:00
End Date
Wed, 26 Jun 2019 17:00
CPI, 1 Union Square, Darlington, DL1 1GP
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A collaboration to streamline the development of cost-effective next generation biotherapeutics will host a dissemination event at CPI Darlington on the 26th June to showcase the project results

BioStreamline is a highly innovative, collaborative project involving six partners across the UK including Lonza Biologics, UCB Celltech, Sphere Fluidics, Horizon Discovery, Alcyomics Ltd and CPI. This £11.2m project, applies cutting-edge technologies to overcome some of the most significant shortcomings of the biologics supply chain and deliver cost-effective therapies to patients.

BioStreamline, with a focus on monoclonal antibody therapeutics, aims to overcome such challenges by applying new technologies that will make it easier to identify failing drugs earlier in development, as well as improving development and manufacturing processes.

The project involved the following major areas:

  1. Development of a new single cell analysis system (Cyto-Mine®) and associated methodologies to enable screening of B‑cells for antibody discovery and analysis of antibody-producing clones for selection of high-producing cell lines. Delivery of this system will increase the speed and efficiency of the entry into the biologics supply chain.
  2. New approaches to cell line development using genome-wide gene knock-out screening using CRISPR-Cas9 to improve specific cell line features including increased productivity.
  3. Creation of an agile, flexible and improved approach to biotherapeutics developability. Following expression and purification of 50+ mAbs using industry leading platforms, data on the biochemical, biophysical and stability of each molecule was collected and together with other inputs lead to the design of a developability tool which will enable more accurate decision making.
  4. Investigation of clinically informative, easy to implement, preclinical assessment of immunogenicity risks of biotherapeutics to minimise exposure of human patients to potential safety risks during early clinical trial development. 

By gaining a better understanding of candidate molecules earlier in the process, manufacturers will be able to make more informed decisions, reducing drug development risk and provide more efficient use of time and resources.

The collaboration partners will present a series of presentations showcasing the results achieved through the course of this major project.


09.00 — 09.30 Arrival and Registration

09.30 — 10.00 Welcome Address and Overview of the Biostreamline Project — CPI

10.00 — 10.30 Key note speaker — Recombinant Proteins from Mammalian Cells. Where are we? Where might we go? Uwe Gottschalk — Chief Scientific Officer — Lonza

10.30 — 10.45 BREAK

10.45 — 11.30 Cyto-Mine® — Accelerating the Discovery and Development of Next Generation Biologics — Rob Marchmont Vice-president of Sales and Marketing — Sphere Fluidics

11.30 — 12.15 Functional genomic screening to improve CHO cells for biomanufacturing — Aleksandra Jaskot, Senior Scientist — Horizon Discovery 

12.15 — 13.00 Lunch and Networking

13.00 — 14.30 Molecule selection, manufacturing and development predictability

Ramon Gomez de la cuesta — Principal Scientist — Lonza; Michael Anyadiegwu — CPI, John Liddell — CPI; Christoph Grapentin — Lonza

14.30 — 15.00 BREAK

15.0015.30 Decision making tool for molecule selection — Olga Obrezanova — Senior Principal Scientist — Lonza

15.30 — 16.00 Preclinical safety assessment strategy — Noël Smith, Principal Group Leader — Lonza Professor Anne Dickinson — Alcyomics

16.00 — 17.00 Closing Remarks — CPI