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Microbe fermentation unit for the production of drugs for medical use. The PlaFractor combines solid state and submerged fermentation of microbes. It is completely contained and fully automated, making it safe for use with cytotoxic or genetically modified organisms, such as recombinant microbes that have been engineered to produce a drug or enzyme. Immunosuppressive agents required by organ transplant patients are manufactured in this way. The PlaFractor ferments the microbes, and extracts the product for purification. In 2004, it was the only fermenter of its kind. Photographed at Biocon, a biotechnology company in Bangalore, India.
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