Volume 86 Issue 4 | pp. 63-66
Issue Date: January 28, 2008

Toward Greener Therapeutic Proteins

Pfizer researchers assess ways to improve biologics manufacturing
Department: Science & Technology | Collection: Green Chemistry, Sustainability

THE PHARMACEUTICAL industry is making great strides in developing cleaner and more efficient syntheses—that is, greener chemistry—for manufacturing small-molecule drugs. But how green are manufacturing processes for biopharmaceuticals, such as monoclonal antibodies, peptide hormones, and vaccines? And can those processes be greener?

Those are questions Sa V. Ho and colleagues at Pfizer's Global Biologics unit, based in Chesterfield, Mo., are trying to answer. The researchers have set out to determine the type and amount . . .

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