Large and medium biopharmaceutical manufacturers and contract development and manufacturing organizations (CDMO) are seeking to increase productivity with a smaller footprint and with challenging modalities for their multi-product facilities, resin cost & buffer consumption, start-up and change-over times, and labor cost, in general, are becoming critical.
Continuous and connected systems based on Single-Use technologies should enable a scaled-down facility for both clinical and commercial operations. Complete Single-Use technology implementation in combination with continuous operation will lead the Biopharma industry to full flex Multi-Product Facilities. Scaling out instead of scaling up for simplified and tighter control with reduced risk of bioburden and deviations.
- Seamless scalability from PD to commercial manufacturing
- Approx. 3-5-fold increase in productivity with up to 80% savings on chromatography media and associated costs at capture step
- Proprietary, easy to install single-use manifolds greatly reduces the risk of cross contamination
- Industry preferred single-use based multicolumn chromatography (MCC) skid for perfusion and batch-based processes
- Modular design and flexible column arrangement (series or parallel)
- Single use cassettes and flow path
Find the Right Solution for Your Chromatography Process
The BioSMB platform is fully scalable from process development (PD) to commercial manufacture. There are two flow range variants available targeted to perfusion (BioSMB Process 80 system) and batch (BioSMB Process 350 system) bioreactor-based processes.
Only MCC system that makes 24 hour process development a reality
Designed for (conc.) fed-batch and perfusion applications with a single- use flow path that can be set up in 30 min or less
Scale of operation
Process Development and Small-Scale Manufacturing
Clincal and Commercial Manufacturing
|Number of Columns|
|Flow Rate Range||0.6 - 8 L/hr|
5 - 80 L/hr for BIOSMB 80
Poster: Multi-Column Chromatography Process Modelling for Process Performance Prediction
Continuous multi-column chromatography has the potential to reduce resin and buffer usage and costs of bind and elute processes by increasing process productivity and throughput. Predicting how much process productivity will improve is very much feed concentration and flow-rate dependent. This poster shows one approach to generate a predictive performance model for a mAb process and defines the difference that more process columns provide when intensifying feed concentration.
BioSMB PD is an integrated single-use device for process development to fully automate a wide variety of chromatographic processes, including bind/elute chromatography and flow-through polishing.
The BioSMB platform is the first disposable flow path, continuous multi-column chromatography solution that is fully scalable from the Process Development (PD) laboratory to GMP manufacturing. The BioSMB system is specifically designed to allow users to convert an existing batch process into a continuous chromatography step without changing the chromatographic separation media, buffer system or product quality assays. BioSMB technology provides process consistency across all scales – development, clinical and full production – and is also practical to implement in flexible, multi-product facilities.
- Inherent unit operation efficiency of the BioSMB PD system reduces the cost of chromatographic media by up to 80% without changing either the separation media or buffer used in the chromatographic process.
- Entire chromatographic process can be conducted in a smaller system containing a fraction of the media and buffer that would be required in a standard batch process to produce the same amount of material.
- Ability to use up to 16 columns increases specific productivity and application flexibility. Position of the buffer selection valve eliminates composition gradients and wash steps.
Batch chromatographic processing typically utilizes only 50% to 70% of the chromatographic column’s total binding capacity. The BioSMB PD system, on the other hand, uses a series of substantially smaller, interconnected columns. The first column in the load zone is allowed to reach breakthrough and the product breakthrough is captured on a second column. The binding capacity of the first column can thus be exploited well beyond its batch dynamic binding capacity. In many cases, such processes can be operated close to the equilibrium or static binding capacity of the chromatographic media, thus leading to a significant reduction in chromatographic media use.
The BioSMB PD system use of continuous countercurrent loading means that the load zone must accommodate only the mass transfer zone, which generally represents a small percentage of a batch column. This allows the entire process to be conducted in a much smaller system carrying only a fraction of the chromatography media used in a standard batch process. When used in larger scale applications, BioSMB technology can eliminate the need for packing skids, large stainless steel columns, and other support infrastructure. This results in a smaller overall footprint and a more scalable configuration.
While competitive systems use a complex set of valves, the BioSMB technology uses an integrated valve cassette specially designed and patented as a single-use component. The new valve system eliminates the need for a difficult cleaning validation process.
The ability to use up to 16 columns with BioSMB PD system means that it supports the broader application base of capture and polishing steps such as in HIC, SEC, mixed mode chromatography, as well as combinations of these technologies. The availability of a greater number of columns provides a particular benefit to applications with feeds that have been concentrated and those with production titers greater than 5 g/L.
Compared with competing systems, the BioSMB system is designed to offer far greater capabilities than those that can be provided by simple chromatographic media utilization optimization. As an example, the position of the buffer selection valves in the BioSMB PD system is very different from other systems and contributes directly to process optimization in multiple ways. Because each column used with the BioSMB PD system is assigned a series of valves arranged in a single-use array, the result is that every pump is delivering one buffer throughout the entire process and will never undergo composition gradients and/or wash steps. In addition, the system volume that actually is subject to composition changes in the BioSMB PD system is minimized well beyond that of other system designs. This eliminates many of the uncertainties associated with scale-up/scale-down, validation and process control.
Cadence BioSMB PD technology is the ideal solution for biopharmaceutical production applications ranging from early stage process development through clinical manufacture and beyond. This integrated single-use device contains all the valves necessary to fully automate a wide variety of chromatographic processes including bind/elute chromatography (Protein A affinity, ion exchange, mixed mode, hydrophobic interaction) and flow through such as size exclusion or ion exchange polishing. It provides an open platform for downstream processing that enables the use of any separation technology including packed bed chromatography, membrane chromatography, monoliths, and expanded bed adsorption (EBA) chromatography.
Width / Depth / Height
120 / 73 / 58 cm (47.2 / 28.7 / 22.8 in.)
170 kg (375 lbs)
115 V or 230 V
Required Air Supply
At least 1 barg (14.5 psig) above process pressure
System and Valve Cassette Specifications
Flow Rate Range
1 mm cassette: Up to 50 mL/min
3 mm cassette: Up to 100 mL/min
Maximum 8 (including loopback)
Maximum 6 (including loopback)
Maximum Operating Pressure
10 barg (145 psig)
Linear up to 13.8 barg (200 psig)
Four UV-VIS sensors each with wavelengths in 210-850 nm range
Maximum 8 Range of 0-14, accuracy of 0.1 pH unit (from 2 to 12)
Range: 1 μS/cm – 200 mS/cm
Accuracy: 0.25 mS/cm (range 10 – 200 mS/cm) 3.0 μS/cm (range 0 – 100 μS/cm)
Maximum of 7 pumps
Stepper motor belt drive dual piston pumps, PEEK fluid path, automated piston seal wash, double capsule check valve with additional anti-siphoning valve
0.5 - 50 mL/min ± 5% (with 1 mm cassette)
0.5 - 100 mL/min ± 5% (with 3 mm cassette)
BioSMB PD 1 mm Process Development System
BioSMB PD 1 mm Process Development Valve Cassette only
BioSMB PD 3 mm Process Development Valve Cassette only
Pump wash kit 1-200 mL/min
1 mm tubing kit - LD100 pumps ONLY with 1 mm cassette
3 mm tubing kit - LD100 pumps ONLY with 3 mm cassette
BioSMB pH probe
BioSMB pH housing for 1 mm setup
BioSMB pressure transducer
BioSMB conductivity sensor
BioSMB UV flow cell, 2.5 mm optical path
BioSMB UV flow cell, 10 mm optical path
Pack of column holders
BIOSMB Process 80/350
Single-Use BioSMB is the core differentiator in the toolbox for intensified chromatography, by processing a bioreactor batch or effectively connecting with upstream and providing continuous capture and polishing chromatography in downstream, resulting in full-media-utilization at smaller footprint and reduced operational cost and risk.
BioSMB technology can eliminate the need for packing skids, large stainless steel columns, and other support infrastructure. This results in a smaller overall footprint and a more scalable configuration.
Single-Use Continuous Chromatography Systems For Perfusion and Batch Bioreactor-based Processes
The BioSMB platform provides a highly flexible multicolumn chromatography system that delivers high throughput and very efficient media utilization when compared to traditional batch, and other continuous chromatography methodologies. This is achieved through a unique single-use eight column system architecture which enables a highly flexible flow configuration through the single-use valve cassette. Additionally, the platform is fully scalable from process development (PD) to commercial manufacture. There are two flow range variants available targeted to perfusion (BioSMB Process 80 system) and batch (BioSMB Process 350 system) bioreactor-based processes.
Chromatographic processes developed using batch chromatography can be readily scaled without changing the sorbent, buffer system or product quality assays.
- Highly efficient sorbent utilization
- High productivity
- Unparalleled flexibility
- Less than 30 minute manifold installation
By using up to eight smaller pre-packed columns on the BioSMB Process systems, the need for column packing skids, large columns, and other support infrastructure is eliminated.
BioSMB Continuous Chromatography System
1. Separation Media Utilization
Batch chromatographic processing typically utilizes only 50% to 70% of available binding capacity in the column. To maximize the use of the available binding capacity the BioSMB platform provides the ability to overload a given column, with the breakthrough passed directly onto a subsequent column.
- Column capacity is maximized
- Buffer consumption is optimized through improved sorbent utilization
The separation media utilization benefits can be leveraged to optimize the purification strategy, i.e. run at a shorter residence time than batch but achieve a similar operational binding capacity – increasing productivity (a typical BioSMB strategy for clinical material production). Alternatively the process can be run at a flow rate similar to that used in a batch process with greatly increased operational binding capacity.
2. Achieving Higher Throughput
Essential to the process economics of the BioSMB platform is the availability of multiple columns for continuous loading. Typically the bottleneck in high titer chromatography is the non-load operations. In batch and two column designs, loading cannot be repeated until the non-load steps are completed. With the BioSMB systems the process can be configured such that the loading steps are continuous; there is always a column ready to be loaded – this often requires a minimum of four columns.
The BioSMB Process platform has the ability to process on up to eight columns.
Furthermore, the flexibility of the valve cassette allows multiple columns to be available in the breakthrough zone to collect overload from one column and wash from another, meaning flow rates can be kept high and constant without exceeding the maximum linear velocity for the columns; further increasing productivity.
4. Valve Cassette
While competitive systems use a complex set of valves, the BioSMB technology uses a compact disposable valve cassette specially designed and patented as a single-use component. This valve system eliminates the need for a difficult cleaning validation process.
Each column used with the BioSMB Process systems is assigned a series of valves arranged in a dedicated array, resulting in each pump delivering a single fluid throughout the entire process and eliminating gradients or wash steps between buffer switches.
Additionally, throughout the BioSMB product range, the system hold-up volume is minimized, eliminating many of the uncertainties associated with scaling, validation and process control.
5. Scale Up and Scale Down
To complement the BioSMB Process 80 and BioSMB Process 350 systems, a bench scale version is available, the BioSMB PD system.
The BioSMB PD system uses the same valve technology, flow path configuration and recipe handling to ensure simple scale-down or scale-up. This system is available for flow rates up to 100 mL/min.
The BioSMB Process 80 and 350 systems are the ideal solution for manufacturing-scale continuous chromatography.
BioSMB Process 80 System for Perfusion Bioreactor-Based Processes
The BioSMB Process 80 system, when coupled with the BioSMB Process 80 perfusion manifold, is targeted for perfusion bioreactor-based processes that will run for longer periods of time. The flow rate capability along with the specifically designed low bio-burden manifold meet the requirements for lower flow continuous processing.
BioSMB Process 350 System for Batch Bioreactor-Based Processes
The BioSMB 350 system is targeted for batch bioreactor-based processes up to 2000 L. The flow rate capability and larger bore single use tubing, and cassette manifold meet the requirements for high throughput continuous processing.
The software is designed to provide the operator a clear and easy-to-use interface. It has been developed in accordance with usability standards for the most efficient, error-free user experience.
BioSMB Process 80 and 350 Complete Hardware Systems
Each BioSMB Process 80 and 350 system has the following architecture
2.7/1.3/2.1 m (106/51/83 in.)
Flow Rate Range PROCESS 350
Flow Rate Range PROCESS 80
5 - 80 L/h
8 (7 usable + 1 for system use as second pass)
6 (5 usable + 1 for system use as second pass)
Number of column
Number of pumps
4 bar (58 psi)
6 bar (87 psi) with integrated pressure regulator
3 phase 400 V – 32 A – 50 Hz
BioSMB Pump Modules
If a complete BioSMB Process 80 or Process 350 system is purchased, then it is possible to buy a BioSMB Process 80 or Process 350 pump module respectively to increase the flexibility of the main system.
The pump module can be exchanged easily, requiring a mechanical changeout of the module and a switch in the software. The mechanical swap of the two pump modules typically takes less than an hour. This modularity allows the system to run either from 5 L/h - 80 L/h (BioSMB Process 80 pump module) or 30 - 350 L/h (BioSMB Process 350 pump module).
If a BioSMB Process 80 pump module is used then the BioSMB Process 80 manifold set must be used, and if a BioSMB Process 350 module is used then a BioSMB Process 350 manifold set must be used.
BioSMB Process 80 and 350 Platform - Single-Use (SU) System
Hose and connectors
Silicone braided tubing ID: ⅜ in. with
Hose and connectors
Silicone braided tubing ID: 1/4 in. Kleenpak®
7 pressure transmitters (1 after each pump with
7 ultrasonic non-invasive flowmeters
7 integrated with flowmeters
4 sensors (on outlets 1-4)
4 sensors (on outlets 1-4) Range of 2-10,
4 UV-VIS sensors each with wavelengths in
4 piston diaphragm single-use
Gamma irradiation dose
Process wetted components materials of construction
Platinum cured silicone
Polycarbonate, polypropylene, polyphenylsulfone
Polypropylene, EPDM/PP compound
UV-VIS sensor windows
BioSMB Process 350 SU Systems
The BioSMB Process 350 SU system is comprised of four separate manifolds; inlet manifold, valve cassette manifold, column manifold and outlet manifold. These can be purchased individually, the manifolds are supplied individually double bagged and gamma irradiated.
BioSMB Process 350 inlet tubing set
BioSMB Process 350 outlet tubing set
BioSMB Process 350 column tubing set
BioSMB 8 mm Process 350 valve cassette
BioSMB Process 80 SU Systems
The BioSMB Process 80 SU system is comprised of one single manifold. The system is supplied double bagged and gamma irradiated.
|BioSMB Process 80 SU system|
comprising inlets, valve cassette, outlets and
column connectors only. Other connectors are
available on request.