About Asahi Kasei Bioprocess

About Asahi Kasei Bioprocess

Our Business Overview

Pioneering Biologics Safety and Manufacturing Efficiency

Asahi Kasei Bioprocess is a global solution provider to biologics manufacturing industry. We aim to help biologics manufacturers safely and efficiently produce medicines that patients can trust, by dependably supplying innovative yet exceptionally reliable bioprocess consumables, equipment and scientific support services.

While Asahi Kasei Bioprocess has established a market leadership in virus filtration, we aim to be the global leader and experts in contributing to biologics safety and manufacturing efficiency by leveraging our core technology, brand and services in virus removal.

As a part of the Asahi Kasei Group's sharpening focus on healthcare-related fields, Asahi Kasei Bioprocess is steadily developing its range of advanced manufacturing solutions for the bioprocess industry.

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Our History

In 1980s, rise of awareness on the need to further strengthen viral safety of plasma-derived pharmaceutical products emerged globally due to a number of contamination cases that impacted thousands of patients, specifically those suffered from haemophilia.

Recognizing the issue, Asahi Kasei rose to develop filters specifically designed to remove viruses from plasma-derived pharmaceutical products, leveraging its solid expertise in fibers and filtration technology. The filters were later named "Planova", originated from the words "Plasma" and "Nova" (which means "New Star" in Latin). The world's first virus filter was Planova™ 35N, with membrane mean pore size of 35 nm, and through collaboration with various pharmaceutical companies, universities, research institutions and regulatory agencies, was successfully evaluated to be able to remove viruses such as HIV and HBV. It was the start of virus filtration technology that later become industry standard.

From there, our road was not easy, and our path to being the leader and experts in the industry does not happen overnight. There was time when we were faced with challenges to continue our business, but with commitment from our staff and support from the industry, we will continue to strive to fulfill our mission: Pioneering Biologics Safety and Manufacturing Efficiency.

While we have accumulated over 30 years of trusted use in the production of biotherapeutics with Planova™ virus removal filters, we continue to innovate solutions, products and services to help our customers in achieving biologics safety and manufacturing efficiency.

1987

Establishment of "Bemberg Microporous Membrane" Project, which later became Planova™ Division and developed Planova™ filters

1989

Launch of Planova™ 35N virus removal filters as the world's first filters specifically designed for virus removal in biotherapeutics manufacturing

1993

Launch of Planova™ 15N virus removal filters to capture smaller viruses

1994

Foundation of TechniKrom, Inc. in Illinois, USA (which later became a part of Asahi Kasei Bioprocess)

1997

Official opening of Planova™ Plant in Nobeoka, Miyazaki, Japan

1998

- Establishment of the first Planova™ representatives in Europe and United States of America
- Hosting of the first Planova™ Workshop in Oslo, Norway

2000

- Opening of a new Planova™ filter assembly facility in Nobeoka, Miyazaki, Japan (current Planova™ Assembly Fab 1)
- Launch of Planova™ Leak Tester as the first automated integrity system for Planova™ filters

2001

Launch of Planova™ 20N virus removal filters that capture small viruses while accommodating needs for higher flux

2003

- Establishment of Asahi Kasei Planova™ Europe S.A. in Brussels, Belgium (which later became Asahi Kasei Bioprocess Europe N.V./S.A.)
- Launch and installation of the first large scale biologic chromatography systems and columns by TechniKrom, Inc. (which later became a part of Asahi Kasei Bioprocess)

2004

Opening of a new regenerated cellulose hollow fiber spinning facility for Planova™ filters in Nobeoka, Miyazaki, Japan (current Planova™ Spinning Fab 1)

2005

- Establishment of the Long Island Branch within Asahi Kasei Medical America, Inc. to support Planova™ business in the United States of America
- Launch and delivery of the first mid-scale solid phase flow through oligosynthesizer by TechniKrom, Inc. (which later became a part of Asahi Kasei Bioprocess)

2006

Launch of IBD inline buffer dilution system by TechniKrom, Inc. (which later became a part of Asahi Kasei Bioprocess)

2009

- Launch of Planova™ BioEX, high capacity virus removal filters for biopharmaceutical processing
- Opening of a new Planova™ filter spinning facility in Nobeoka, Miyazaki, Japan (current Planova™ Spinning Fab 2)
- TechniKrom, Inc. became a part of Asahi Kasei

2010

- Establishment of Asahi Kasei Bioprocess, Inc. (which later became Asahi Kasei Bioprocess America, Inc.)
- Opening of a new Planova™ filter assembly facility in Oita, Japan (current Planova™ Assembly Fab 2)
- Launch of BioOptimal™ MF-SL microfilters for clarification and harvest of biopharmaceutical processing

2011

- Launch of Asahi Gold Particle Test System (AGPTS), an automated integrity test system for Planova™ filters
- Opening of Cologne Technical Center in Cologne, Germany to promote interactive learning experience of bioprocess technologies
- Start of Planova™ business activities in Singapore (which later became Asahi Kasei Bioprocess Singapore Pte. Ltd.)

2012

- Launch of Virus Filtration Controller, an automated virus filtration system for Planova™ filters
- Establishment of a local support office for Planova™ in China as a part of Asahi Kasei (China) Co., Ltd.

2013

- Establishment of a local support office for Planova™ in India as a part of Asahi Kasei India Pvt. Ltd.
- Establishment of Asahi Kasei Bioprocess Deutschland GmbH to support Bioprocess equipment business in Europe

2018

- Release of a brand new website experience at planova.ak-bio.com!