GE Healthcare Bio-Sciences AB

Dec 01, 2005
By BioPharm International Editors
Volume 18, Issue 12

Company Description

GE Healthcare, a General Electric company, provides transformational medical technologies that are shaping a new age of patient care. GE Healthcare Bio-Sciences, a business of GE Healthcare, provides a broad range of products and services for protein separation, medical diagnostics, and drug discovery.

Protein separation tools are applied to research, development and production programs to yield more targeted and effective therapies. Protein separation products are used in over 70 percent of the chromatographic purification of proteins at laboratory-scale, and in the manufacture of over 90 percent of the biopharmaceuticals currently on the market.

Chief Biopharmaceutical Techniques Supported


  • Packed bed chromatography products for ion exchange, affinity, hydrophobic interaction, and reversed-phase chromatography at all scales
  • Expanded bed adsorption products for ion exchange, affinity, and hydrophobic interaction chromatography

Membrane separations

  • Cross-flow filtration products for ultrafiltration and microfiltration from the laboratory bench through the pilot-scale and production

Oligonucleotide synthesis

  • Systems and supports for the synthesis of oligonucleotides at all scales

Cell processing

  • Products for cell separation

Cell culture

  • Microcarriers for mammalian cells


Our protein separations manufacturing and testing facilities are in Uppsala and Umeå, Sweden, and Westborough, MA, USA. We also have facilities for training personnel in all aspects of downstream processing in Munich, Germany and Piscataway, NJ, USA.

Major Products

We supply chromatography media and equipment for all commonly used separation techniques. These include:

  • Capto, for high productivity capture
  • MabSelect, for purification of monoclonal antibodies
  • Sepharose Fast Flow, for all general-purpose separations
  • Columns, from prepacked, laboratory-scale, HiTrap columns, to production-scale Chromaflow columns
  • ÄKTAdesign systems, from laboratory bench to production
  • UNICORN software, for control of all systems.

In membrane separations we provide:

  • ÄKTAcrossflow, the first fully automated pilot-scale system for development, optimization and scale-up
  • Hollow fiber cartridges and Kvick cassettes
  • UniFlux large-scale systems

All systems are steered by UNICORN, facilitating communication between chromatographic and membrane separations.

In addition, we provide knowledge and support for all types of downstream processes through Fast Trak consulting, training courses and validation documentation packages.

Markets Served

Our markets include universities and institutes researching protein structure and function, as well as large pharmaceutical companies, contract manufacturers, and start-up enterprises developing new biopharmaceuticals.

Björkgatan 30 751 84 Uppsala Sweden



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