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Improved Protein Manufacturing in Insect Expression Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Office for Chemical and Biological Defense
Contract: DAAD13-03-C-0061
Agency Tracking Number: C031-0077
Amount: $69,984.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2003
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
1000 Research Parkway
Meriden, CT 06450
United States
DUNS: 109124933
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Zhendong Wang
 Manager, New Business Dev
 (203) 686-0800
Business Contact
 Daniel Adams
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (203) 686-0800
Research Institution

The objective of this proposal is to develop an improved baculovirus transfer vector that contains features enabling real time monitoring of protein expression, high level protein production and rapid protein purification from the insect cells. We proposeto build this new vector based upon our proprietary pPSC12 transfer vector that already contains the powerful polyhedrin promoter, believed by many to be the most powerful promoter found in nature, and the 61k baculovirus chitinase signal sequence thatdirects protein through glycosylation and secretion pathways. Four new features can be incorporated into this pPSC12 vector within two months using a straightforward cloning strategy. When completed, the new baculovirus transfer vector will have thefollowing features: 1. The polyhedrin gene promoter; 2. The chitinase signal sequence; 3. A green fluorescent protein (GFP) reporter system for real-time monitoring of protein production; 4. His6 and Strep molecular tags for rapid purification of theexpressed protein; 5. Factor Xa cleavage site to facilitate the complete removal of all tags; and 6. A ligation independent cloning system for cloning inserts, independent of their sequence. To demonstrate the power of this new vector, we further proposeto express and characterize the hemagglutinin proteins from A/panama/2007/99 (H3N2) influenza virus. The proposed new baculovirus transfer vector will lead to significant improvement of protein production yields and significant reduction of operationalcost through eliminating several time-consuming and labor-intensive steps in the manufacture and process development. As one of the primary protein expression systems, the improved insect expression system will be an ideal protein expression system in thewar against bioterrorism. The insect cell system offers

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