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Examination of a genetic algorithm for the application in high-throughput downstream process development

Treier, Katrin; Berg, Annette; Diederich, Patrick; Lang, Katharina; Osberghaus, Anna; Dismer, Florian; Hubbuch, Jürgen

Abstract: The search for a favorable and robust operating point of a separation process represents a complex multi-factor optimization problem. This problem is typically tackled by design of experiments (DoE) in the factor space and empiric response surface modeling (RSM); however, separation optimizations based on mechanistic modeling are on the rise. In this paper, a DoE–RSM-approach and a mechanistic modeling approach are compared with respect to their performance and predictive power by means of a case study – the optimization of a multicomponent separation of proteins in an ion exchange chromatography step with a nonlinear gradient (ribonuclease A, cytochrome c and lysozyme on SP Sepharose FF). The results revealed that at least for complex problems with low robustness, the performance of the DoE-approach is significantly inferior to the performance of the mechanistic model. While some influential factors of the system could be detected with the DoE–RSM-approach, predictions concerning the peak resolutions were mostly inaccurate and the optimization failed. The predictions of the mechanistic model for separation results were very accurate. Influences of the experimental factors could be quantified and the separation was optimized with respect to several objectives. However, the discussion of advantages and disadvantages of empiric and mechanistic modeling generates synergies of both methods and leads to a new optimization concept, which is promising with respect to an efficient employment of high throughput screening data.


Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Bio- und Lebensmitteltechnik (BLT)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Jahr 2012
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator DOI: 10.1002/biot.201200145
ISSN: 1860-6768
KITopen ID: 1000046692
Erschienen in Biotechnology Journal
Band 7
Heft 10
Seiten 1203-1215
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