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The Renaissance of Microbial Fermentation

Initially, many smaller biologic drug substances − including recombinant proteins and peptides − were produced via microbial fermentation. However, with the advent of cell culture systems, interest shifted to mammalian systems to produce larger proteins and antibodies. Now, the introduction of smaller, complex next-generation molecules, such as bioconjugates, antibody fragments, and other scaffolds, are once again driving interest in fermentation as an effective manufacturing platform.

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Dr Vladas Bumelis is the founder of Northway Biotechpharma and Chairman of the company’s Board of Directors and Advisory Board. He has extensive experience in the pharma and biotechnology industries, having previously served as General Manager of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Chairman of the Board for Biofa and Biotechna, and Chairman of the Board and General Manager of the Institute of Applied Enzymology in Lithuania. In 2004, Vladas received the Science Award of Lithuania in recognition of his achievements in the development and production of recombinant proteins. He has a PhD and MSc in chemistry, as well as a PhD in biotechnology, from Vilnius University, Lithuania.
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