Micro-bioreactors are gaining market share in R&D laboratories. Common applications are strain selection, medium optimization and optimization of cultivation conditions. The advantage of the micro-reactors is that a large number of cultures can be run on limited benchspace. This results in faster process development and shorter time to market.
One of the key demands of these micro-bioreactor systems is that they are realistic scale down models for the larger laboratory scale systems. This will guarantee that the optimized process will be easily transportable to the larger volumes and relations found on small scale are also present in the larger volumes.