Some industry experts see multi-ton MAb manufacturing looming on the horizon, but several important industry trends could
actually reduce production scales. Therefore, lower-scale production approaches are needed. In the future, successful companies
will have fewer ton-scale proteins and will look for economical ways to produce low-scale products. In addition, the pipeline
of new products will require increased flexibility in manufacturing. The classic facility may become inadequate, and although
companies will need to re-think their facility designs, they'll be reluctant to do so because of the time and money involved.
A willingness to change will be essential, however, for everyone in the industry, including the manufacturers and suppliers.
Günter Jagschies, PhD, is senior director of strategic customer relations at GE Healthcare BioSciences, Uppsala, Sweden, +46.18.612.0000, firstname.lastname@example.org
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