Use case 1: Bioreactor inoculation
Modern biopharmaceuticals such as antibodies for cancer treatment are produced using bioprocesses, in which microorganisms or animal cells grow in a bioreactor and produced the desired active agent.
Every process begins on a small scale in a flask shaker, and is scaled up via multiple process steps until the organism can be transferred to the bioreactor. During growth in the reactor, samples are taken regularly to document the process. Key parameters include the biomass concentration, as well as nutrient and metabolite concentrations. Along with direct analysis of the samples, it is customary to freeze extra cultures for later examination. This process is demonstrated at smartLAB in the bioreactor inoculation use case. Some of the technologies applied here are 3D printing, mobile communication, data glasses, a robot, and automatic documentation.