Professor, Chemical Engineering University of California, Davis Fairfield, California
One of the biggest challenges for deep space missions is ensuring crew health in light of both anticipated and unanticipated medical conditions, particularly when drug resupply and medical evacuations are not feasible. Plants are likely to serve multiple purposes in these missions including providing bioregenerative life support, a fresh food source, and psychological benefits. This presentation will describe how plants can also be used as molecular foundries to produce biotherapeutics. As an example, the production of a bone regeneration therapeutic in lettuce will be presented.
Upon completion, participants will be able to describe some of the anticipated and unknown medical challenges that will face crew members during deep space missions.
Upon completion, participants will be able to describe the ways in which plants can be used to produce biopharmaceuticals through transgenic and transient production methods.
Upon completion, participants will be able to visualize how plants can also be used to produce renewable, regenerable chromatography reagents for purification of biotherapeutics.