Updated on 6 June 2012
The research team filed the first patent application for the invention in 2006 and, realizing the commercialization potential in the technology, Professor Nick Birrell, associated with Australian company Kintan, took the intellectual property for commercialization. Representing a novel approach for commercialization of an early-stage biotechnology, there is a wide team dispersed across the geography for popularizing the technology.
"The monolith offers several superior yields of biomolecule (for example DNA, protein, antibodies, virus) when compared to other commercially available adsorbents that cannot be tailored. The BEL Monolith Purification Adsorbent has been proven to significantly improve the purification yields of plasmid DNA at a fraction of the market cost. The technology also offers performance advantages when applied to proteins and has the capability to target other biomolecules, such as viruses and endotoxins," says Mr Clarence M Ongkudon, a research scientist.
The initial development of the technology was funded by Australian research grants. Following the technology transfer to Kintan, the patent filing and commercialization costs were financed by Kintan. To enhance the technology further, the research team is conducting trials on other biomolecules, including protein purification, for broader commercial implication of the technology.