Battling the Bugs: Mitigating Cell Culture Contamination

The Scientist is bringing together experts from industry to discuss issues with cell culture contamination on small and large scales

The Scientist Creative Services Team
Sep 27, 2019


Ensuring cell culture sterility is essential in small and large bioprocesses. Microbial contamination from bacteria, viruses, and fungi can spread among experiments and workflows—wasting time, resources, and precious cell lines. These unwanted organisms can change the growth rate, morphology, and gene expression of cultured cells. Additionally, contaminants in biotherapeutics put patients directly at risk. Therefore, methods to prevent and remove contaminants should be a main consideration for every lab. The Scientist is bringing together experts from industry to discuss issues with cell culture contamination on small and large scales. The experts will highlight the effects of contaminants, examine prevention and mitigation strategies for unwanted microbial growth, and answer questions from webinar attendees.

Topics to be Covered

  • The risks and prevention of microbial contamination in recombinant protein, cell, and gene therapy products
  • Mycoplasma: the smallest bug, the biggest problem

Meet the Speakers:

Barbara J. Potts, PhD
Senior Consultant
Potts and Nelson Consulting


Nick Amiss
Product Steward, Oxford Biomedica
Science Outreach Speaker