Sterilize-in-Place bioreactor for small-scale production
The multi-use Applikon BioPilot is the first step towards bioprocess production. The BioPilot is linearly scaled up from lab-scale bioreactors, which simplifies the transfer to production resulting in a quicker time-to-market. The consistent concept of modularity, using standard modules to build the bioreactor, simplifies customization to meet any specific requirements for microbial and cell cultures.
Accurate scale-up model for production
- Compact design reduces floor space needed
- cGMP compliant design simplifies validation
- Modular design allows easy configuration to match process demands
- Worry-free operation by minimizing human errors
Essential in developing vaccines and medicines
Bioreactors play a key role in developing and producing life-saving vaccines and medicines. This complex process requires highly optimized, state of the art systems. With the Applikon BioPilot standardized bioreactor designs, we provide ease and flexibility of customizing the vessel to handle any type of application needs with standard components.
Watch the video to view the stainless steel bioreactors being used in bioprocesses.
Do you know…
- we have supplied stainless steel bioreactors for over 30 years
- GMP stainless steel bioreactors are one of our specialties
- we have supplied hundreds of production bioreactors worldwide
- you can combine add-on packages to upgrade your bioreactor
Scaling up from small volumes to full production volumes is key in every bioprocess and can be a challenge at the same time. To simplify this process, we provide Applikon BioBench and BioPilot stainless steel bioreactors systems, developed according to our well-known Applikon standards and built with the same modular approach that we apply to our lab-scale bioreactors. This enables you to configure a bioreactor with basic functionality into a fully featured bioreactor, simply by expanding your system with various add-on packs. Upgrade your bioreactor system to your specific application needs.
Easy to validate
The BioPilot range is built to the latest standards on hygienic processing, meeting cGMP and GAMP requirements, and can be supplied with an extensive documentation package to support efficient validation.
Easy to operate
Stainless steel bioreactors minimizes the risk of contamination as there are no consumables to be replaced for every single run. Furthermore, these Sterilizable-in-Place bioreactors are supplied with magnetic coupled agitator connections. Whereas the agitator shaft continues from the outside to the inside of the bioreactor with traditional connections (lipsealed or double mechanical seal), here the connection is established via magnets. Since there is no connection with the outside world, there is no risk of contamination.
The open frame construction gives easy access for maintenance and operation.
Easy to clean
The Applikon stainless steel bioreactor range is completely fabricated using pharma-grade 316L stainless steel and supplied with a surface finish of Ra < 0.4 micron. This smooth surface ensures that biofilms and debris will not stick to the internals of the bioreactors. This greatly simplifies the cleaning procedure and creates ease of mind knowing that the bioreactors will always be reproducible clean.
|Minimum working volume(liter)
|Aspect ratio total volume
|Aspect ratio working volume
|30 liter Pilot Cell
|60 liter Pilot Cell
|130 liter Pilot Cell
|40 liter Pilot Microbial
|70 liter Pilot Microbial
|140 liter Pilot Microbial
|270 liter Pilot Microbial
|Magnetically coupled, bottom or top mounted agitator for microbial cultures and top mounted for cell culture systems
|Maximum agitator tipspeed (m/s)
|3 m/s for microbial cultures and 1 m/s for cell cultures
|Rushton and marine with outside diameters 0.3 – 0.5 vessel diameter
|Porous sparger, L-Sparger or Ring-type sparger
|Gas overlay line
|Water cooled exhaust gas condenser with internal spiral and/or jacketed
|Optional resterilizable sample system in DN25 port in lower side wall
|Resterilizable bottom mounted bellows drain
|Sterilizable additions (push valves) and resterilizable addition ports
|Measurement: 12 mm classic pH sensor in DN25 port in lower side wall
|Control: via acid pump or CO2 gas (rotameter or MFC) in combination with alkali pump
|Measurement: 12 mm polarographic DO2 sensor in DN25 port in lower side wall
|Control: via a combination of N2, Air, O2 (Rotameter or MFC) and agitation
|Measurement: Pt-100 sensor in DN25 port in lower side wall
|Cultivation control: cooling and heating jacket via bioreactor wall
|Measurement: Height adjustable conductivity based foam sensor
|Control: via antifoam pump
|Measurement: Height adjustable conductivity based level sensor or loadcells in bioreactor frame
|Control: pump for liquid addition or removal
The Applikon BioBench is ideal for the following applications:
- Scale-up studies
- Medium optimization
- Process optimization
- Small scale production
- Seed train
- Microbial and cell culture
- Batch, Fed-Batch, Perfusion and Continuous cultivation