Continuous Chromatography for Biotherapeutics

CityBrugg, North West Switzerland, Switzerland
CategoryEconomics / Business
Date Sunday, until

The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to continuous chromatography with hands-on practice with capture and polishing processes for biomolecules.These processes lead to improvements in productivity and manufacturing costs and may be even enabling in difficult purification challenges, such as antibody-drug conjugates or biosimilars. Attendees will acquire the basic tools to design, run and evaluate multicolumn processes and to quantify these improvements, serving as basis for an economic evaluation. As the least complex of all multi-column processes, the workshop is focused on twin column chromatography.

This course is aimed at industry and academic separation scientists and bioprocess development engineers who already have some familiarity with single column chromatography and who want to broaden their understanding of chromatographic processes and look at new and more efficient ways to separate and polish biomolecules.

The course takes the form of presentations and interactive workshops using laboratory-scale Contichrom CUBE twin column separation & purification systems. Supervisors and graduate assistants will support the participants during the interactive workshops and data analysis sessions.

Massimo Morbidelli Ph.D., Professor of Chemical Reaction and Separation Technologies in the Department of Chemistry, Politecnico di Milano. A pioneer in preparative continuous chromatography and in particular in the application of multicolumn technologies for protein purification in the pharma industry, Prof. Morbidelli has co-authored over 500 research articles and four books. He serves as associate editor for the Industrial & Engineering Chemical Research journal of the ACS and is the recipient of the 2005 RH Wilhelm a ward from the AIChE and of the 2014 Gerhard Damkoehler medal of DECHEMA. He is a co-founder of ChromaCon AG in Zurich.

Thomas Müller-Späth , Ph.D., Director of RnD at ChromaCon AG in Zurich. After an assignment at Bayer Health-care, Thomas completed his doctoral work on continuous chromatography of biomolecules in the group of Prof. Morbidelli, and co-founded ChromaCon AG to bring the technology to the market. He has been working on research projects with industrial partners, development of chromatography processes and equipment, and IP management. He has presented on numerous workshops and conferences on continuous chromatography and has co-authored over 20 publications and patents.

Supervisors and tutors: Sebastian Vogg, Richard Weldon, Lars Aumann

The course will be held at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) at the new campus in Muttenz (Basel). The FHNW Muttenz Campus is well served by public transport. International flight connections are available from Basel and Zurich International Airports. Note: As the workshops will take place in a laboratory environment we ask that participants dress appropriately. Safety glasses and lab coats will be provided.

The course fee is CHF 3’500 (CHF 2’500 for students). This includes lecture summaries in paper and electronic formats, materials used during the workshop, internet access (wifi), lunch and coffee breaks as well as two dinners. It does not include accommodation, travel costs or catering other than indicated above.

«The continuous chromatography course had an excellent balance of theoretical content and laboratory based exercises. It was great to explore the significant gains observed in productivity, buffer con-sumption and resin utilization over batch chromatography.»

PhD. Theresa Ahern, Eli Lilly (IE)

Datum und Zeit

06.09.2020 - 10.09.2020 iCal


FHNW Campus Muttenz, Hofackerstrasse 30, CH-4132 Muttenz
Lecture room 02.S.21


Hochschule für Life Sciences
Institut für Pharma Technology

Bioprocess Technology Laboratory

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«Great to learn all the potential and application of the different ways of using continuous chromatography and learn that this is not just a smart way of working in research, but that it can be implemented in large scale production.»

PhD. Mercedes Ferreras, Novo Nordisk (DK)


Travel and accommodation are not included in the course fee; however we have sourced a special accommodation rate at the following 3* town hotels: All prices indicated are for 4 nights and breakfast included. To benefit from the special discount, use the booking code indicated in the confirmation e-mail, you’ll receive after your registration. (offer valid until July 31st, 2020).

incl. WLAN, Mobility ticket for public transport in Basel, services and taxes.


Cancellation policy: Cancellation of registration must be submitted in writing or via email and is valid only with acknowledgement of receipt by the course officer.

Cancellations made after 15th August 2020 will be subject to the total fee. A colleague or associate may be substituted without penalty. Full refunds will be made in the case that the course is cancelled due to insufficient enrolment.

FHNW and the course organisers will not assume responsibility for medical expenses of participants or damage caused by participants. All participants are urged to ensure that they are cove-red by their own travel, health and liability insurance policies while traveling to and from and while attending the course. FHNW and the course organisers are not responsible for private possessions lost or stolen at a course.

Registration is only complete after payment. Registration is binding unless the minimum of participants cannot be reached. Only participants with industry and academic affiliation can be accepted, no vendors. Registration deadline is June 30th, 2020. To register past the deadline, please write to the course officer at aW5mby5saWZlY2llbmNlc0BmaG53LmNo to check if places are still available.

The organizers will take the necessary measures to comply with Coronavirus safety requirements. This includes providing nose/mouth protection, use of disinfectant, safety distances and other measures

Hochschule für Life Sciences FHNW
Institut für Pharma Technology
Hofackerstrasse 30
4132 Muttenz



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