Ultra Low-cost Transferable Automated (ULTRA) Platform for Vaccine Manufacturing
Tarit Mukhopadhyay of University College London in the United Kingdom will develop a manufacturing platform to reduce the production costs of recombinant protein vaccines. Current manufacturing procedures involve serial batch operations in large complex facilities requiring highly trained operators and extensive testing and are inefficient and costly. They will build a platform that integrates and automates key steps to reduce labor costs and capital expenditure and improves product design and control procedures to reduce quality control requirements. Their aim is to maximize the number of doses with the minimal starting material leading to recombinant subunit vaccines at 0.15USD per dose rather than the current costs of several USD per dose. They will develop their approach initially using a rotavirus vaccine candidate.