Higher order structure analysis


With structure comes functionality

Higher order structure analysis

Structure and conformation of a biological molecule is key for its function. The higher order structure of a biopharmaceutical molecule is, thereby, often directly connected to the quality, stability, safety, and efficacy of a therapy. The higher order structure is considered a critical quality attribute and, thus, a detailed understanding of the higher order structure of a biopharmaceutical compound is critical in every research and development phase.

Orthogonal analysis of the higher order structure.

Characterizing the secondary, tertiary and, if present, quaternary structure of a biopharmaceutical compound requires multiple analytical techniques. Based on our large portfolio of instruments, our expert scientists will select an appropriate set of methods specific for your compound. We will put a focus on providing orthogonal and sensitive data and study your product or sample under a variety of conditions, including pH changes, elevated temperature, after freeze-thaw or mechanical stress, etc.

Combine higher order structure data with functional assays

Changes in higher order structure may directly correlate to the function of a biopharmaceutical compound. We offer functional assays that assess, for example, the binding affinity of antibodies, and correlate these data to the structural information. Learn more about our services related to functional assays on this page.

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Higher order structure analysis tailored to your drug product

We offer the higher order structure analysis for the following product types. This service is based on our broad scientific experience with a large variety of biopharmaceutical samples. We will tailor each project to your specific product type, development phase and material availabilities. Click on a product type to explore our entire portfolio of specialized analytical as well as research and development services.

Quality & biosafety level of this service

We provide all our services with the highest quality standards. Each project is carried out by experienced scientists and every report or data presentation is comprehensively checked by a scientific reviewer. We offer this service with the following quality and biosafety level:

From generic to custom analytical methods and beyond

We offer a large selection of generic analytical methods for many common applications or develop custom methods specific for your needs. Our expert scientists also perform a method feasibility to assess, which technique is most suitable for your request. We offer the following options:


Methods ready to use

Our expert scientists have established generic analytical methods for many common applications. This guarantees a quick turnaround for sample testing and reduces the need for method adjustments to a minimum. 

We suggest generic methods for your sample based on our many years of experience with similar products and analytical questions. If you reach a development stage, where fully developed and documented methods are required, we can build upon our expertise in customizing and optimizing any analytical method.


Method development

During method development, we tailor sample preparation, method settings, and data analysis to the needs of your project and sample.

For this purpose, we include a representative sample and, where available, suitable reference standards and stressed/degraded materials. This way, our analytical scientists can design a method that is highly suitable for your needs, stability indicating, as well as robust and repeatable. Upon request, we compile a detailed method description for your records.


Method qualification

A method qualification is the initial assessment of the performance of an analytical procedure to show that it is suitable for the intended purpose.

During method qualification, our analytical scientists perform documented testing to establish and assess acceptance criteria in several performance characteristics. These may include repeatability, linearity, intermediate precision, robustness and more. We compile a qualification plan and a qualification report including all relevant data.


Method validation

A method validation is the confirmation under highly controlled conditions that the performance of an analytical procedure is suitable for the intended purpose.

During method validation, our analytical scientists perform a documented testing, which demonstrates that the analytical procedure consistently produces a result that meets pre-determined acceptance criteria. We compile a validation plan and a validation report including all relevant data.

Our know-how related to higher order structure analysis

Coriolis is a science-driven service provider. We perform internal research projects with academic and industrial partners to develop new technologies and create in-depth knowledge, which directly benefits our client projects. Our internal Unit Science & Technology, hosting PhD candidates and Postdocs, also actively contributes to the scientific community with numerous peer-reviewed publications each year. Explore our latest publications, articles, and webinars:

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