Using HSV Helper Viruses to Increase AAV Production (Biopharma Reporter)

Using HSV Helper Viruses to Increase AAV Production

Recognizing the industry-wide need to improve adeno-associated virus (AAV) vector manufacturing, UF startup and UF Innovate | Sid Martin Biotech alum Applied Genetic Technologies Corporation (AGTC), has adopted changes intended to increase yield and purity.

Some AAV manufacturing processes use adherent cells grown in stacked trays. AGTC sees that model as a barrier to scaling, pointing to the inability to scale processes up by adding volume. Scaling of adherent cell processes requires additional surface area.

AGTC overcame that limitation by designing a process that makes use of bioreactors, enabling it to scale up from 50 L to 500 L and beyond without significantly increasing its footprint. AGTC enhanced the approach with changes it says improved yield by more than 10 fold.

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