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The experiment provided consistent results in the shake flasks and the CELLine bioreactor flasks. There was more yield using the BalanCD
CHO Growth A than the IS CHO-CD G10.7. The amount of labor required to operate the CELLine flask was higher than the shake flask but
the yield was much higher. The CELLine flask did not require any additional fixed equipment, such as shaking equipment. The purification
burden was lower for the CELLine flask as the total harvest volumes were 60mL and 20mL, over four harvests, that contained approximately
7g of IgG per Liter. The shake flask cultures had a single harvest at 36mL and 30mL with an average concentration of IgG of 2.1g per Liter.
One surprising result was the potential reduction in scale up time using the CELLine flasks. To operate a 1 Liter shake flask, four times the
amount of cells are required for initial seeding; approximately 90 million compared to 20 million required to seed a CELLine bioreactor flask.
This could potentially save 1-2 weeks in scale up time. Further studies need to be conducted to determine if the media needs to be refreshed
every 7 days or if the media can support cell growth for a longer period of time. This could potentially decrease the operational costs and
service requirements.
Cost of Flask
Media Used
In 28 Days
14-Day Yield
28-Day Yield
CELLine 350
1.4L / $116
CELLine 1000
4L / $332
Price estimates are based on retail cost.
CELLine 1000
Bioreactor, 14-Days
1L Shake Flask, 14-Day
Labor: Cell Culture
High: Media exchange and product harvest every 7 days Low: Minimum feed work
Media Cost Per 14-Day Culture
High: 2L @ $167
Low: 360mL @ $30
Purification Burden
Low: 30mL to purify
High: 360mL to purify
Equipment Required
Low: CO
High: Incubator, shaker platform
Scale Up Prior to Experiment
Low: 2.25 x 10
cells needed
High: 9 x 10
cells needed, larger seed train
The experiment also showed that the CELLine bioreactor flask size and run time can be selected based on required yield. This CELLine 1000 is 3 times the size of CELLine 350
and scales linearly.
Seeding And Harvesting Densities
CELLine 350
CELLine 1000
Preculture (Viable Cells)
7.5 x 10
22.5 x 10
Inoculation Volume (mL)
Inoculation Concentration (Viable Cells/mL)
1.5 x 10
1.5 x 10
Harvesting Concentration (Viable Cells/mL)
20-40 x 10
20-40 x 10
Titer (mg/mL)
1 - 10
1 - 10
Antibody Yield per Month (mg)
1,2,3,4 6
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