The role of magnetic field in the biopharmaceutical production: Current perspectives

Biotechnol Rep (Amst). 2019 Apr 4;22:e00334. doi: 10.1016/j.btre.2019.e00334. eCollection 2019 Jun.


Current scientific evidence on the influence of magnetic field on mammalian cell lines used for industrial production of biopharmaceuticals, on human cell lines and on potential cell lines for the biopharmaceutical production is presented in this review. A novel magnetic coupling induced agitation could be the best solution to eliminate sources of contamination in stirred tank bioreactors which is especially important for mammalian cell cultures. Nevertheless, the side effect of magnetically-coupled stirring mechanism is that cells are exposed to the generated magnetic field. The influence of magnetic field on biological systems has been investigated for several decades. The research continues nowadays as well, investigating the influence of various types of magnetic field in a variety of experimental setups. In the context of bioreactors, only the lower frequencies and intensities of the magnetic field are relevant.

Keywords: Biopharmaceuticals; Magnetic field influence; Mammalian cells; Static magnetic field; Time-varying magnetic field.

Publication types

  • Review