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Published on May 31, 2011
Project GreenVax is a research and development demonstration project funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and conducted by the Texas Plant-Expressed Vaccine Consortium located in Bryan, TX. The goal of this project is to develop a capability to produce 1kg (or approximately 10 million doses) of a recombinant vaccine candidate protein in one month. To succeed in this effort, the project GreenVax team created numerous innovative solutions to maximize efficiencies to both their upstream and downstream processes including new lighting systems capable of doubling plant biomass generated and use of mobile Modular Bioprocessing Facilities, which provide the flexibility to manufacture multiple products at the same time. If this effort is successful, it could provide a strategic resource for the United States and its ability to rapidly produce medical countermeasures against any biothreat. For more information, please visit: http://www.darpa.mil/Our_Work/DSO/Pro...