Single-use, single-pass tangential flow filtration using low-cost hollow fiber modules

Christopher J. Yehl, Andrew L. Zydney

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Increasing pressures on biomanufacturing costs have led to renewed interest in the development of single-use technologies that can be readily adapted to continuous processing. The objective of this study was to use commercially available hollow fiber membranes, originally designed for high-flux hemodialysis, for single pass tangential flow filtration with high conversions. Experiments were performed with solutions of Immunoglobulin G (IgG) using polysulfone hollow fiber membrane cartridges with a surface area of 1.9 m2. The hollow fiber modules were able to provide more than 10-fold concentration of IgG in a single-pass with exit concentrations greater than 200 g/L. Stable operation was achieved during a continuous run for over a 120-h period with feed side pressure drops less than 1 kPa and transmembrane pressure drops less than 60 kPa. A single dialyzer was able to process 1.4 kg of IgG per day with a total cost of less than $0.004 per g of IgG. Flux-pressure profiles were in good qualitative agreement with a simple model accounting for concentration polarization effects and the variation of flux and pressure with axial position in the module. These results clearly demonstrate the potential of using these low-cost single-use hollow fiber modules for single-pass tangential flow filtration in continuous biomanufacturing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number117517
JournalJournal of Membrane Science
StatePublished - Feb 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Filtration and Separation


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