Rapid Strain Evaluation Using Dynamic DO-Stat Fed-Batch Fermentation Under Scale-Down Conditions
While large amount of strains can be quickly generated via metabolic engineering, the speed/efficiency of evaluating each strain becomes the bottleneck in the process from strain development to final production. In this chapter, a method is introduced to rapidly evaluate strain performance in fed-batch fermentation mode by using dynamic dissolved oxygen stat feed back control with no additional advanced online measurement. In addition, a scale-down feature is integrated in the method to mimic the limitation of oxygen transfer in large-scale vessels, so that strains can be evaluated under the conditions close to that in large-scale bioreactors. The method has been implemented in several commercial standard benchtop scale fermentation systems with different fermentation control software.
Key wordsStrain evaluation Fed-batch fermentation Dynamic DO-Stat control Scale-down Process development
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