Beena Punnamoottil, PhD, Chimera Biotec GmbH Mark Spengler, PhD, Chimera Biotec GmbH

Immunoassay support for clinical PK assessment where ELISA fails

Imperacer®: Advantages in high sensitivity and dilution tolerance for challenging PK support

ELISA still is the gold-standard in immunoassays, providing sufficient sensitivity for the majority of pharmacokinetic (PK) studies. Modern biotherapeutic drugs however, may require bioanalytical sample testing with significantly increased assay performance over classical ELISA. Depending on the drug´s specifications and mechanism of action PK profiling may demand extreme immunoassay sensitivities or related features.

Here we summarize three case studies where the exponential signal amplification of the Imperacer® technology was used to fulfill the requirements of clinical PK assessment of such novel biologics.

Bioanalytical PK support for the development of highly efficacious peptide drugs in diabetes treatment and chronic pain relief / autoimmune disorders clearly demanded highest immunoassay sensitivities in low pg/ml range to assess full PK profiles. In contrast, PK assessment of a fusion-drug in replacement therapy was limited by strong matrix interaction in ELISA by high levels of interfering endogenous counterpart. Here, Imperacer® intrinsic sensitivity was used to optimize the assay towards high dilution tolerance to minimize effects from the endogenous compound, still maintaining needed sensitivity towards the drug.

Wherever ELISA supports reaches technical limitations, PCR driven Imperacer® sensitivities provide powerful alternative, with the possibility for fit-for-purpose validation of the method according to regulatory guidance.

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