Conducting potency assays in biopharmaceutical manufacturing (GMP)

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Course Overview


Potency assays provide a quantitative measure of a biopharmaceutical product to elicit a biological response. Consequently, they are required for GMP quality purposes and batch release during manufacturing.


This training course will examine potency assays used in biopharmaceutical manufacturing for quality control purposes. Once completed you will have the knowledge to successfully conduct, validate and manage excipients in potency assays. You will learn how to design an ELISA for potency assays. In addition, you will examine solution to challenges unique to potency assays.


With the Educo Post Learning Implementation Plan (PLIP) you will have the framework to apply and implement the knowledge acquired in the training, supporting you in your development. Learn more about how we deliver live online training.


Key Learning Objectives


  • Potency assay: why and how and when
  • Examine qualification versus validation
  • Validation of potency assay
  • Dealing with excipients
  • Examine Design of Experiment (DoE) examples for potency assays 
Post Learning Implementation Plan (PLIP)


  • Access to the Educo Training Portal
  • Submit your needs analysis and objectives for training by completing a simple online form

Action Plan

  • At the end of the training you will create an action plan to help you implement and develop your new skills and knowledge

Reinforcement Session

  • Delivered 3 to 4 weeks after the training
  • It is a 1 hour virtual session enabling the group to reinforce the key learnings from the training and cover and subsequent questions and challenges

Topics will include

  • Potency assay: why and how and when
  • Examine qualification versus validation
  • Validation of potency assay
  • Dealing with excipients
  • Examine Design of Experiment (DoE) examples for potency assays


Dr. Melody Janssen is an expert in bioanalysis and immunogenicity testing of biopharmaceuticals with in-depth experience as a project manager, trainer and senior expert in CROs and pharma/biotech companies. She worked predominantly on developing and validating ligand-binding and cell-based assays for PK/Tox and immunogenicity studies for biologics, biosimilars and vaccines and her work supported numerous regulatory filings. Dr. Janssen is experienced in the regulatory framework related to bioanalytical method establishment and validation including FDA, EMA, ICH guidelines and USP and Ph.Eur. monographs. She is frequently invited to speak at conferences on immunogenicity and bioanalytical testing, where she also leads conference specific workshops and seminars. She has shared her knowledge through trainings for over 10 years focusing on assay validation for bioanalytical, potency and immunogenicity assays. Recently she became a regular evaluator for the Swedish innovation agency, Vinnova, where her task is to assess the scientific rational and business proposals of start-up biotech companies competing for seed funding.


Based on her role as the head of non-clinical development at Mymetics, a viral vaccine company, she has gained experience on aspects related to the production of biologics and vaccines, potency assays and GMP.


For the last years, Dr. Janssen has been working as a freelancer for projects including non-clinical and clinical immunogenicity assessment, leading various late pre-clinical candidates to FIH, production of vaccines and biologics and teaching bioanalytical method validation workshops.


Her educational background is in infectious diseases and immunology, with a PhD in pharmaceutical sciences investigating the effect of protein aggregates on immunogenicity.

This course is aimed at professionals who conduct potency assays in biopharmaceutical manufacturing. Attendees should have experience of conducting potency assays as they will further advance their skills on this course.

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