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Viral Vector Downstream Processing Course (VV-DSP)

Guided Learning at Your Own Pace with Experts

This course will provide you with the necessary scientific background on viral vectors, strengthening your understanding about different methods used for viral vector purification (chromatography, filtration, etc.) and analytics, along with the overview on market for viral vectors
It includes:

  • Mix of self-paced and instructional units with 4 - 5 hours of learning per week (45 – 50 hours in total) over 3 months.
  • Interactive collaborative platform to facilitate knowledge exchange
  • Limited synchronous activities allow participation from across the globe
  • 99% recommendation rate from previous learners

Who Should Attend

Lab managers, team leads, researchers, engineers and scientists with expertise in bioprocessing and basic knowledge of gene therapy. Fluent English is essential for optimal learning.


What You Will Learn

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to Strengthen the understanding about different methods used for viral vector purification including general process and workflow, purification strategies, analytics, sterility and bioburden. It will also offer insight into the market and trends as well as industry needs and challenges.


How You Will Learn

This online course consists of both self-paced and collaborative learning units, allowing you to fit in learning around your work schedule. Each chapter includes live discussions, assignments, access to experts and Q&A sessions, using an interactive and collaborative platform to facilitate knowledge exchange between participants.

Focus Topics & Agenda

How is the Sartorius Academy’s Viral Vector Downstream Course structured?*

July 11


July 11-July 22

Chapter 1: Introduction: Viral Vector Downstream Processing

July 25-Aug 05

Chapter 2: Analysis

Aug 15-Aug 26

Chapter 3: Clarification

Aug 29-Sep 9

Chapter 4: Concentration & Diafiltration

Sep 21-Oct 7

Chapter 5: Capture & Polishing

Oct 10-Oct 14

Chapter 6: Filtration & Closed Processes

Oct 19-Oct 20


*Dates are still subject to change

Learning Modules

Duration: 1.5 weeks

  • Get an understanding of the viral vector market, the main vectors and their applications
  • Understand the physical properties of viruses
  • Review the Upstream Workflow for Viral vector production
  • Get an overview of contaminants and impurities that need to be removed during the DSP

Duration: 1.5 weeks

  • Get an understanding of what needs to be monitored during the DSP of viral vectors, and why
  • Review of the technologies used for viral vector and contaminant quantifications
  • Get an understanding of the advantages of each technology, and how they can be selected

Duration: 1.5 weeks

  • Review of the existing technologies for clarification of viral vectors, their advantages and limitations
  • Guidelines to select the right technologies for clarification of AAV, LV and ADV
  • Scale-up considerations

Duration: 1.5 weeks

  • Review of technologies adapted to ultrafiltration and diafiltration of viral vectors
  • Common sources of failures
  • Recommendations for concentration of shear sensitive enveloped vectors
  • Scale-up considerations

Duration: 2.0 weeks

  • Overview of chromatography solutions for purification of AAV, LV and ADV
  • Guidelines for process optimization
  • Common sources of failures
  • Scale-up considerations

Duration: 1.0 weeks

  • Overview of solutions for sterile filtration and bioburden reduction
  • Case studies for LV, AAV, ADV
  • Understand how to implement closed processing
  • Get an insight about viral filtration
  • Scale-up considerations

How to Apply


Pricing and Special Rates

Registration fee: €2,500 + applicable taxes

Special rates may be considered for group bookings, public and academic institutes.

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Application closes 30 June 2022. Successful applicants will be informed by 5 July 2022. 10 seats are reserved for participants from the biopharmaceutical industry.


How to Apply

Please complete the registration form below. A maximum of 30 participants will be accepted to the course, which will be made up of co-learners from both Sartorius and industry.

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