Kozue Okamura (M2 at that time), Department of Chemical System Engineering, received SCEJ 86th Annual Meeting Excellent Student Award



〈Name of award and short explanation about the award〉
"SCEJ 86th Annual Meeting Excellent Student Award" Among poster presentations by students, the research side and presenters will be comprehensively evaluated by industry and academia judges, and will be awarded to those who are in the top 10% of the total points.

About awarded research〉

As the demand for antibody drugs has increased, various manufacturing technologies have been developed to improve the productivity of the manufacturing process. With the rapid increase in process options, to design an appropriate manufacturing process, it is necessary to have a model that enables narrowing down the options to some extent by simulation. However, as for the cell cultivation step to obtain antibodies, the whole picture of cell metabolism has not been clarified, and there are some cases where previous fundamental kinetic models could not describe it well.
This work combined fundamental kinetic and statistical modelling methods to develop a hybrid cultivation model, which is backed up by experimental data and also can be physically interpreted. The results of this research are expected to lead to process designs that consider multiple perspectives, such as quality, productivity, robustness, environmental impact, etc.

〈Your impression & future plan〉
It was a difficult time, but with the huge support of the professors and the laboratory members, I am very happy to be able to summarize it as a master's research and also receive this award. I would like to further develop my doctoral research and grow as a researcher.