The 2mag bioREACTOR is available in two model variants with 8 or 48 parallel reaction vessels. A still higher parallelisation can be achieved by simoultaneous use of several bioREACTOR units. These can be controlled via an intelligent central software and important process parameters (pH ans DO) can be monitored in real time. In addition, the simoultaneous use of several bioREACTOR units allows the variation of other parameters e.g. the temperature or the stirring speed.
The temperature of the bioreactor block is measured by an internal Pt100 sensor and can be controlled externally by a thermostat. To avoid evaporation loss, the headspace of the reaction vessels can be cooled down with an reflux cooler. The evaporated water condenses and rests in the reaction vessel. The bioREACTOR with pH and DO sensors can be used at temperatures from 10°C up to 50°C. Temperatures from 0°C up to 65°C are possible without sensors.
The working volume of the culture vessels ranges between 8 and 15 millilitres. This allows repeated sampling without strong reduction of the fermentation volume but also enough capacity for adding pH correction agents or substrates.
Real-time measurement of pH and DO
pH and dissolved oxygen can be measured in real time with a non-invasive optical sensor system over the whole process time. For this, the bottom of the culture vessels are equipped with small sensor spots (pH and O2 sensitive luminescent dyes). The fluorometric measurement is provided by stimulation with light and measurement of the decay time. (DLR=Dual Lifetime Referencing Principle, PreSens GmbH). The measuring range lies between 4.0 and 7.5 for the pH and between 0 and 50 % for the dissolved oxygen.
Culture vessels (Disposables)
The spotted disposable culture vessels are made of polystyrene and sterile packed in a set of two. This allows a time saving and easy equipping of the bioREACTOR. The special geometry of the culture vessels with baffles in combination with the used stirring elements lead to a very good mixing of the medium and to high oxygen transfer rates.
The continuous gassing of the bioREACTOR can be realised with a gas mixing station. Depending on the used gases (O2, N2, air) aerobic and anaerobic cultivations are possible. The gas transfer into the medium of the culture vessels is done passively through the gas inducing, inductive driven magnetic stirring elements. The gas tranfer rate can be adjusted via the stirring speed.
At very high cell densities or a high percentage of solids in the medium a stop of rare stirrers can occur in less cases. This will be detected in a few seconds and the stirrers will be restarted automatically. Therewith, the stirrer monitoring guarantees a secure experimental run.
The stand alone software allows the parallel use of several bioREACTOR 8 and/or 48 units. At the same time, already finished runs can be compared with new running experiments.
Autoclavability and sterility
All parts which can be in contact with the medium are autoclavable or sterile packed disposables. The gassing unit with the fixed stirring elements is completely autoclavable. In addition, the complete bioreactor block is sterilisable with ethanol. The disposable culture vessels are sterile packed and were disposed after the experiment. During the experiment, the sterile headspace gassing avoids cross and external contaminations. Furthermore, an optional exhaust gas unit can avoid spreeding of spores into the environment.
The exactly defined geometry of the stirring elements, the precisely characterised process parameters as well as the to standard laboratory stirred tank reactors comparable power and oxygen input (kLa > 0,4 s-1) through the stirring elements allow an easy upscaling of the results into the litre scale.
The bioREACTOR can be used as stand alone or fully automated by integration into a pipetting robot. The integration allows pH control, adding of substrates and taking samples out of the reaction vessels. Therewith feeding strategies can be analysed, an online measurement of the optical density (OD) can be made or samples for additional tests can be taken out of the vessels.
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Accessories (maintenance tool, steriBOX)
PreSens sensor system for non-invasive pH- and DO-measurement
Peripheral units e.g. thermostats, reflux cooler or gas mixing stations on request!
Aerobic and anaerobic cultivation of bacteria, yeasts and funghi
Evaluation of adequate production strains (strain development)
Media screening and optimisation
Optimisation of the process design (manual batch or automated batch or fed-batch process design with pipetting robots)
Cell growth experiments
Studies of gene and protein expression
Inhibition and toxicity experiments
Also applicable for chemical and enzymatic reactions