EIP Publication in Pharmaceutical Research Nov 2010

Strategies for the Assessment of Protein Aggregates in Pharmaceutical Biotech Product Development.

John Engelsman, Patrick Garidel, Ronald Smulders, Hans Koll, Bryan Smith, Stefan Bassarab, Andreas Seidl, Otmar Hainzl, Wim Jiskoot

Within the European Immunogenicity Platform (EIP), the Protein Characterization Subcommittee (EIP-PCS) has been established to discuss and exchange experience of protein characterization in relation to unwanted immunogenicity. In this commentary, we, as representatives of EIP-PCS, review the current state of methods for analysis of protein aggregates. Moreover, we elaborate on why these methods should be used during product development and make recommendations to the biotech community with regard to strategies for their application during the development of protein therapeutics.