A Word About

Cell Culture

bioreactor diagram
Schematic representation of a CSTR bioreactor (from Biomate India). A common variation is for the mixer to be attached through the bottom.

Cell culture is the process of growing genetically engineered cells in a tank of a specifically formulated medium. The cells, in turn, produce the complex molecules that consitute the active ingredient of the eventual drug. Cell culture follows inoculum preparation. It can be done in a variety of configurations, including:

Most biopharm plants use the CSTR configuration. While this system is most appropriately referred to as a "bioreactor", it is often referred to as "fermentor".


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