Applied Photophysics has now launched the Chirascan™-plus Automated Circular Dichroism (ACD) spectrometer which enables rapid and accurate analysis combining simultaneous circular dichroism, absorbance and fluorescence detection. The new Chirascan™-plus ACD can be used in a multitude of applications (e.g. biocomparability, forced protein degradation, protein folding, batch-batch analysis, buffer formulations and many more).
Typical applications include:
- Drug Discovery
- Protein Engineering
Optimising biotherapeutic formulations
Used as a label free stability-indicating assay, Chirascan™-plus ACD can identify good formulation candidates earlier for further downstream processing. By culling formulations that are likely to fail early and focusing on those that are more viable for real time and accelerated stability studies, users can make savings in both time and money.
Combining the label-free and information-rich technique of dynamic multimode spectroscopy (DMS) with the productivity of automation gives a whole new approach to establishing conformational stability under different formulation conditions. The conformational integrity of biotherapeutics as a function of more than one stress condition (e.g. T, pH, ionic strength) is readily determined in unattended operation.
Statistical comparison of similar proteins (Biosimilarity)
Research into biosimilar pharmaceutical products has grown exponentially over the last 7 years turning it into a multi-billion pound business. Structure, biological activity and stability are just a few of the complex studies required and, traditionally, these use multiple techniques which are very time consuming and labour intensive.
Automation lends itself to measuring samples repeatedly and thus to generating statistical comparisons. To answer the question: ‘Are these two CD spectra the same?’ is no longer a matter of guesswork – a statistical significance can be associated with the measurements and a quantitative judgment about similarity or otherwise can be made.
Fast determination of protein characteristics is key to any drug discovery department in pharmaceutical research. Applied Photophysics offers a unique solution providing simultaneous circular dichroism, absorbance and fluorescence measurements in a single, easy to use, automated experiment.
The ACD spectrometer can provide structural, functional, thermodynamic and aggregation data. By automating our system we provide unparalleled productivity, low sample volumes and no human error reducing the pressure on analytical labs and enabling them to focus on discovery.
Monoclonal antibodies, antibody-like proteins, and other biotherapeutics represent a large and growing number of molecular entities entering human clinical trials in virtually all disease indications. The long-term stability of these potential therapeutics is of crucial importance for their development to drug products.
The ACD spectrometer provides rapid, accurate, and easy to perform measurement of the thermal melting (Tm) points, which has proven to be an exceptionally good indicator of the relative stability of engineered proteins.
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