Bioreactors are at the heart of biomanufacturing. These vessels help scientists understand how their technologies perform and how to scale them up. However, transferring processes between bioreactors is often difficult. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office’s Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Development Unit (ABPDU) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory received this feedback from their collaborators, who suggested that ABPDU create a set of tools that would make these processes easier.
When COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders took effect earlier this year, the ABPDU adapted. ABPDU’s team shared two software applications that standardize bioreactor feeding processes. The open source software applications, alongside a set of video standard operating protocols, enable the wider biotech community to focus resources on the commercializing of technologies.