Depth Filters for Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing

Next-generation clarification technology
Next-generation clarification technology

3M offers effective clarification and purification solutions within a wide range of product portfolios.

Harvest solution for scalable and predictable clarification
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    The next generation in harvest and clarification technology are designed as an efficient option to increase monoclonal antibody (mAb) yields while streamlining the upstream process by replacing the centrifuge and/or depth filtration process steps.

    3M™ Harvest RC is a harvest solution that utilizes fibrous anion exchange (AEX) chromatography to efficiently separate the cells, cell debris, and DNA from the harvest fluid containing the target product. Precision quaternary ammonium (Q) functionalized polypropylene fiber, combined with a 0.2 µm PES membrane, provides scalable and predictable clarification from discovery to commercial manufacturing scale.

Chromatography filters overview

  • Image of the 3M™ Emphaze™ AEX Hybrid Purifier
    • For greater chromatography column efficiency and better economy in biopharmaceutical manufacturing, 3M provides a hybrid design of chromatographic and membrane separation using nonwoven media and membrane combined in one device. One mode of separation is based on charge and the other is based on size.

    • The 3M™ Emphaze™ AEX Hybrid Purifier is a combination of two types of media (Q-functional nonwoven and nonfunctional membrane) that work together to provide unsurpassed process fluid clarity and particle size control for the process fluid when using a single unit operation. The defined pore size of the qualifying membrane provides removal of insoluble particles well below 0.1 µm in size through Q functionalized nonwoven, resulting in superior turbidity reduction. At the same time, the high chromatographic capacity of the Q-functional nonwoven provides substantial reduction of negatively charged, soluble impurities including DNA and HCP.

Depth filters overview

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    • 3M™ Zeta Plus™ Depth Filters are made of wet laid media containing cellulose fibers, filter aid and binding resins that impart a charge to the filtration matrix. 3M depth filters are available in a wide range of filter matrices to fit with your process needs.

Media series

  • SP media has the widest nominal pore size range relative to other 3M Zeta Plus media offerings, including a greater number of grades. SP media also has grades with larger nominal pore sizes than LA or ZB media.

  • LA media is the cleanest 3M Zeta Plus media family offered. 3M Zeta Plus LA series low aluminum (LA) filter media are designed to provide low levels of extractables, especially aluminum.

  • ZB media offers a higher charge level than SP or LA media. It offers single layer and dual layer grades with a smaller nominal pore size than either the SP or the LA media family.

  • Known throughout the biopharmaceutical manufacturing industry for their speed, low cell shear and cleanliness, 3M depth filters are also easy to handle, helping to simplify the depth filter step.

Featured 3M™ Zeta Plus™ Products

  • The 3M Zeta Plus Encapsulated System is a single-use depth filtration system designed for cell culture fluid clarification or downstream impurity removal. The Zeta Plus Encapsulated System is designed for process scales of less than 1 liter to 15,000 liters.

  • 3M Zeta Plus SP Series Filter Cartridges provides optimal solution for pharmaceutical manufacturing clarification applications. They are constructed with 3M Zeta Plus SP Series depth filtration media, composed of inorganic filter aid, cellulose and a resin system.