The TAPPIR®-technology can be used on one hand for separation which means the isolation of biomolecules from e.g. fermentation broth (Capture), on the other hand for purification which means the removal of biomolecules like objectionable proteins, viruses, DNA, lipids or other cell debris from biocatalytic processes within the separation of metabolites (Clarification). Moreover the flexibility of the TAPPIR®-technology extends to different possible operation modes namely packed bed, fluidized bed or in situ for e.g. extractive fermentation.
In a first example, BSA partitioning in a PEG/Citrate-TAPPIR®-system was characterized. The depletion of BSA in the aqueous salt phase could be increased by 10% in relation to conventional extraction methods. This means nearly a twofold higher efficiency by the use of a considerably faster separation process.
On behalf of the TU Dortmund University, PROvendis is offering access for commercial use in terms of a license as well as research collaboration.
A German, a European and a US-patent application have been filed.