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Biomanufacturing

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) develops measurement science, standards, data, and other tools to accelerate development and manufacture of biopharmaceutical products.

The NIST Biomanufacturing Program draws from a broad array of unique, interdisciplinary expertise, resources, and facilities including

  • biophysical characterization of biotherapeutics including colloidal and rheological measurements
  • state-of-the-art mass spectrometry, NMR, and cryo-electron microscopy capabilities for characterizing biotherapeutics
  • world-class neutron and X-ray scattering facilities to determine biotherapeutic stability and structure

We work closely with stakeholders from across the biopharmaceutical community including industry, FDA, universities, and equipment vendors to identify key measurement problems. NIST holds an annual Biopharmaceutical Measurement Roundtable consisting of members of the industry for feedback on the relevance of its research activities, and to learn of current and emerging measurement needs.

NIST is a trusted, impartial third party that promotes cross-industry collaboration and open data sharing.

Program Portfolio

Foundational measurement science on protein structure, cell biology, and emerging measurement technologies (scattering methods, NMR, HDX-MS, cryo-EM, optical methods) described in over 100 publications.

NIST Engagement with indstury through

Measurement standards and data:

RM 8671 - NISTmAb, Humanized IgG1κ Monoclonal AntibodySRM 8634 - Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene for Particle Size Distribution and Morphology,  glycan reference materials and data, cell culture for protein reference material development, and mass spectrometry reference data.

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Protein rheology measurements

Therapeutic protein solutions are highly concentrated during manufacturing purification processes and in finished dosage. At such concentrations, the fluid

Publications

Interlaboratory Comparison of Hydrogen-Deuterium Exchange Mass Spectrometry (HDX-MS) MMeasurements of the Fab fragment of NISTmAb

Author(s)
Jeffrey W. Hudgens, Ioannis L. Karageorgos, Elyssia S. Gallagher, Kyle W. Anderson, James J. Filliben, Richard Y. Huang, Guodong Chen, Michael J. Chalmers, Benjamin T. Walters, Jennifer Zhang, John Venable, Caitlin Steckler, In Hee Park, Ansgar Brock, Xiaojun Lu, Ratnesh Pandey, Arun Chandramohan, Ganesh Srinivasan Anand, Sasidhar N. Nirudodhi, Justin Sperry, Jason C. Rouse, James A. Carroll, Kasper D. Rand, Ulrike Leurs, David D. Weis, Mohammed A. Al-Naqshabandi, Tyler S. Hageman, Patrick Wintrode, John D. Lambris, Sarah Urata, George M. Bou-Assaf, Alfonso Espada
Hydrogen-deuterium exchange mass spectrometry (HDX-MS) is an established, powerful tool for investigating protein-ligand interactions, protein folding, and