Optimization study on periodic counter-current chromatography integrated in a monoclonal antibody downstream process

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An optimization study of an integrated periodic counter-current chromatography (PCC) process in a monoclonal antibody (mAb) downstream process at lab scale, is presented in this paper. The optimization was based on a mechanistic model of the breakthrough curve in the protein-A capture step. Productivity and resin utilization were the objective functions, while yield during the loading of the capture column was set as a constraint. Different integration approaches were considered, and the effect of the feed concentration, yield and the protein-A resin was studied. The breakthrough curve and the length of the product recovery, which depended on the integration approach, determined the process scheduling. Several optimal Pareto solutions were obtained. At 0.5 mg mL−1 and 99% yield, a maximum productivity of 0.38 mg mL−1 min−1 with a resin utilization of 60% was obtained. On the other hand, the maximum resin utilization was 95% with a productivity of 0.10 mg mL−1 min−1. Due to the constraint of the process scheduling, a lower productivity could be achieved in the integration approaches with higher recovery time, which was more remarkable at higher concentrations. Therefore, it was shown that a holistic approach, where all the purification steps are considered in the process optimization, is needed to design a PCC in a downstream process.


External organisations
  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Chemical Process Engineering


  • Downstream processing, Monoclonal antibody purification, Periodic counter-current chromatography, Process integration, Process optimization
Original languageEnglish
Article number461055
JournalJournal of Chromatography A
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2020 Mar 19
Publication categoryResearch