Bioprocessing 4.0: Qubicon® can facilitate the implementation

July 16, 2020

How can bottlenecks in speed and effectiveness of the bioprocess be eliminated in biotechnology? The renowned journal "Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN)” published an article with this topic. In an interview: three specialists, including Wolfgang Sommeregger, PhD, biotechnologist at Bilfinger Industrietechnik Salzburg.

Biopharmaceutical producers are always looking for potentials to increase the efficiency of the production process. In opinion of the three experts, bottlenecks should not be considered isolated. “It is mainly about connecting, structuring, contextualizing, and making use of data to improve production processes,” explains Sommeregger, PhD. For the processing of all process-relevant data, Bilfinger has developed the Qubicon® software, which also enables manufacturers to conduct flexible quality evaluations. With "Quality by Control" the product quality can be predicted and influenced already during production. However, “to fully profit from technologies that have been proven beneficial in other industries—for example, self-optimization, machine learning, and artificial intelligence—the first and probably most demanding step is the automated integration and processing of the proper data,” says Sommeregger, PhD.