Cambridge Healthtech Institute's Ninth Annual

Protein Aggregation and Emerging Analytical Tools

( 蛋白质凝聚及新分析工具 )

Mechanism, Prediction, Screening, Immunogenicity and Formulation Challenges

2018年1月11日 - 12日


The popular Protein Aggregation and Emerging Analytical Tools conference covers latest trends, challenges and solutions in understanding, characterization and mitigation of problems generated by protein aggregation in biopharmaceuticals. This conference will feature in-depth case studies, new and unpublished data and interactive discussions on mechanisms of aggregation, new tools for detection and quantitation of aggregates, and how the data is used in regulatory filings. It will also discuss mechanistic understanding of protein aggregation and present case studies on prevention of particle formation by engineering and formulation approaches, aggregation in ADCs, bipecifics, impact of aggregation on production, aggregates as a factor for immunogenicity, and approaches for improvement of biophysical properties of protein solutions.

We invite you to present a poster and attend to join with colleagues from around the world in this discussion of the key challenges and solutions in protein aggregation in biotherapeutics.

Final Agenda


7:45 am Registration and Morning Coffee

Mechanism, Prediction and Overcoming Protein Aggregation

8:15 Chairperson's Opening Remarks

Thomas Laue, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Molecular, Cellular and Biomedical Sciences, University of New Hampshire


8:20 Light-Induced Protein Disulfide Degradation: Product Characterization

Christian_SchoneichChristian Schoneich, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor and Chair, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University of Kansas

Protein biotherapeutics can degrade via a manifold of physical and chemical degradation mechanisms. We will show here, that light exposure of therapeutic disulfide-containing proteins can lead to > 60 different products, generated via novel cross-linking and fragmentation mechanisms. Some of these reactions may be catalyzed by metal impurities such as iron or tungstate, which can be present in pre-filled glass syringes. Mechanistically, product formation can be rationalized by light-induced generation of radicals and reactive oxygen species.

9:00 Protein Solvation: Preventing Aggregation by Forming a Tighter 'Shield' around a Protein

Thomas_LaueThomas Laue, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Molecular, Cellular and Biomedical Sciences, University of New Hampshire

For proteins to aggregate, they need to come into contact. The hydration/solvation shell around proteins can block protein-protein contacts. This talk will focus on what factors impact the strength of the solvation shell.

9:30 Characterizing and Inhibiting Glucagon Fibrillation

Elizabeth_ToppElizabeth M. Topp, Ph.D., Dane O. Kildsig Chair and Department Head, Department of Industrial and Physical Pharmacy, Purdue University

Glucagon, a peptide hormone, is currently marketed in lyophilized form for treating severe hypoglycemia. The lyophilized form is necessary because glucagon rapidly fibrillates in solution. This presentation summarizes computational and experimental studies of the mechanisms of glucagon fibrillation, and presents novel glucagon derivatives that resist fibrillation.

10:00 Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing

11:00 Design of Stable and Aggregation Resistant Single-Domain Antibody Biotherapeutics

Jamshid_TanhaJamshid Tanha, Ph.D., Senior Research Officer, Human Health Therapeutics Portfolio, National Research Council Canada

Various approaches for improving the stability of VH and VL single-domain antibodies have been described. Here we zoom in on one particular approach, namely disulfide engineering approach, which improves the stability of VHs and VLs. The approach appears to be universally applicable across all VHs and VLs and may also apply to scFvs, Fabs, mAbs and their derivatives.

Malvern small 11:30 Automated, Low Volume Assessment of Stability Parameters in Protein Formulations

Kevin Mattison, Principal Scientist, Bioscience, Malvern PANalytical

Matthew McGann, Field Applications Manager, Biosciences, Malvern PANalytical

Measuring key stability parameters of a protein formulation is critical in the early stage development of biopharmaceutical products. At this early stage the quantity of drug substance available for testing is limited, requiring these tests be performed on very small sample volumes. The Viscosizer TD system is an automated platform to characterize the stability of formulations. The system provides automated, low volume measurement of Viscosity, Hydrodynamic Size, Stokes Radius, and the Diffusion Interaction Parameter (kD).

12:00 pm Session Break

12:15 Luncheon Presentation (Sponsorship Opportunity Available) or Enjoy Lunch on Your Own

1:15 Ice Cream Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing


2:00 Chairperson's Remarks

Wayne F. Reed, Ph.D., Professor, Physics, Tulane University

2:05 Recent Progress in Light Scattering Determination of Aggregation Rates with Small Samples in Parallel Format

Wayne_ReedWayne F. Reed, Ph.D., Professor, Physics, Tulane University

Monitoring protein aggregation via simultaneous multiple sample light scattering in real time allows rapid, parallel determination of aggregation rates (AR), which are directly related to protein stability for different formulations. Recent progress beyond AR includes: interpretation of non-linear light scattering signatures in terms of mechanisms, relationship of AR to GPC data, distinguishing small populations of large aggregates from large populations of small aggregates, and considerations of reproducibility and predictability of aggregation.

Halo Labs 2:35 High Throughput, Low Volume Subvisible Particle Screening

Bernardo_CordovezBernardo Cordovez, Ph.D., President, Halo Labs

Halo labs will present a subvisible particle screening tool, the HORIZON, with detailed explanation of its Backgrounded Membrane Imaging (BMI) technology. A comparative analysis between HORIZON and flow imaging will be presented and key performance indicators including sample volume, throughput, dynamic range, instrument repeatability will be evaluated.

2:50 Protein (In)stability and Analytical Tools for Monitoring Aggregation

Vasco_FilipeVasco Filipe, Ph.D., Lab Head, Pharmaceutical Development Biologics, Sanofi

Drug product development of therapeutic proteins involves a complex selection and optimization process aimed at making proteins manufacturable, stable and deliverable. Avoiding protein aggregation is one of the main concerns. Choosing the right formulation and setting up good strategies to monitor, predict and avoid protein aggregation during the various steps of the process is crucial. Formulation development considerations and analytical tools used to monitor protein aggregation will be presented.

Wyatt 3:05 Advances in High-Throughput Light Scattering for Developability and Early-Stage Biotherapeutic Formulation Studies

Sophia Kenrick, Ph.D., Senior Applications Scientist, Wyatt Technology

High-throughput dynamic light scattering in well plate format using the DynaPro Plate Reader II has been a staple of the biopharmaceutical industry, quickly and automatically screening dozens to hundreds of candidates and formulations for aggregation, thermal stability, colloidal stability and viscosity with minimal sample consumption. We present Wyatt Technology's newest light scattering plate reader which adds novel hardware and software capabilities, providing qualitative enhancement to the rich information already supplied by the DynaPro.

3:35 Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing


4:15 Formulation, Process and Manufacturing Strategies to Prevent and Overcome Aggregation Challenges in Early and Late Stage Development

Sreedhara_AlavattamSreedhara Alavattam, Ph.D., Principal Scientist and Senior Group Leader, Genentech, Inc.

Aggregation remains a challenge during protein process development. Aggregation during production, purification and product handling can have potential impacts on immunogenicity. The talk will cover various aspects of decreasing aggregates and potentially remediate the aggregation during handling of drug products in the clinical setting.

4:45 Particulate Formation during Fill & Finish Operations

Cheng_HerCheng Her, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Carpenter Lab, Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Colorado-Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus

As the final step before the drug product reaches the patient, it is vital that a fill & finish operation mitigate both particulate formation and aggregation. It was the aim of this study to have a more comprehensive look at particulate formation during fill & finish operations, from the tubing and pumps used, to the storage and handling of the drug product after fill & finish operations.

5:15 PANEL DISCUSSION: Preventive and Analytical Approaches for Reduction and Removal of Aggregates that Work


Wayne F. Reed, Ph.D., Professor, Physics, Tulane University


Bernardo Cordovez, President, Halo Labs

Cheng Her, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Carpenter Lab, Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Colorado-Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus

Sophia Kenrick, Ph.D., Senior Applications Scientist, Wyatt Technology

Sreedhara Alavattam, Ph.D., Principal Scientist and Senior Group Leader, Genentech

Wei Qi, Ph.D., Scientist, Pre-Pivotal Drug Product, Amgen

5:45 Close of Day


8:00 am Registration

8:00 BuzZ Sessions with Continental Breakfast

Protein therapeutics is a fast-growing global market. As the science improves, so does the complexity of the R&D organization. Ensuring product quality plus speed to market requires insights from stakeholders working across the stages of protein science R&D. Join experts representing this PepTalk pipeline, peers, and colleagues for an interactive roundtable discussion. Topics include highlights from the week's presentations, new technologies and strategies, challenges, and future trends.

Table Moderator: Thomas Laue, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Molecular, Cellular and Biomedical Sciences, University of New Hampshire



9:00 Chairperson's Remarks

Nathan H. Joh, Ph.D., Scientist, Attribute Sciences, Amgen

9:05 Immunogenicity Risk for High Molecular Weight Species of Therapeutic Antibody

Nathan_JohNathan H. Joh, Ph.D., Scientist, Attribute Sciences, Amgen

9:35 Evaluation and Development of Screening Methods for Antibody Developability

Nikolai_LorenzenNikolai Lorenzen, Ph.D., Large Protein Biophysics, Novo Nordisk A/S

10:05 Combining Protein-Protein Interaction Parameters to Correlate and Assess Protein Aggregation during Early Stage Formulation Development

Wei_QiWei Qi, Ph.D., Scientist, Pre-Pivotal Drug Product, Amgen

10:35 Coffee Break with a Poster Pavilion

PepTalk is proud to support and recognize the protein scientists of tomorrow during the Poster Pavilion. This time has been set aside to view the Student Fellowship posters and interact with presenters one on one. This opportunity gives job seekers the chance to share their expertise with future/potential employers or develop contacts to further their research.

11:15 Excipients Affect Solvation and Interactions in High Protein Concentration mAb Solutions

Prasad_SarangapaniPrasad Sarangapani, Ph.D., Staff Scientist, Protein Biochemistry, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

In this presentation, we will discuss how excipients influence intermolecular and hydrodynamic interactions in high protein concentration mAb solutions.

11:45 Understanding the Mechanism of Interaction between Leachates and Proteins and Its Impact on Drug Product Quality

Heather Flores, BS, Scientist, Technical Development Scientist, Late Stage Pharmaceutical Development, Genentech, Inc.

Chemical impurities that leach from product contacting material have long been assessed for potential toxicological effects. More recently, however, several instances of interaction of leachables and/or impurities with the active pharmaceutical ingredient or other formulation components have been reported. Understanding the mechanisms by which leachates interact with biomolecules is key in assessing the potential impact to drug product quality and associated safety and efficacy concerns.

12:15 pm Conference Wrap-Up

Thomas Laue, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Molecular, Cellular and Biomedical Sciences, University of New Hampshire


12:45 Close of Conference

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