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The increasing value of plant-made proteins

: Sack, M.; Hofbauer, A.; Fischer, R.; Stoger, E.


Current opinion in biotechnology 32 (2015), pp.163-170
ISSN: 0958-1669
ISSN: 1879-0429
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IME ()

The production of high-value proteins in plants is maturing, as shown by the recent approval of innovative products and the latest studies that showcase plant-based production systems using technologies and approaches that are well established in other fields. These include host cell engineering, medium optimization, scalable unit operations for downstream processing (DSP), bioprocess optimization and detailed cost analysis. Product-specific benefits of plant-based systems have also been exploited, including bioencapsulation and the mucosal delivery of minimally processed topical and oral products with a lower entry barrier than pharmaceuticals for injection. Success stories spearheaded by the FDA approval of Elelyso developed by Protalix have revitalized the field and further interest has been fueled by the production of experimental Ebola treatments in plants.