So far, more than 230 peer reviewed papers have been published on the application of DryLab – a complete list of which you can find here.

DryLab draws on the philosophy described in the three most famous Solvophobic Theory papers IIIIII of Csaba Horváth, which were developed in the years 1975-1977 at Yale University (see also literature by Dr. Imre Molnár).

Read more about the Fundamentals of DryLab and its History.

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Computer assisted liquid chromatographic method development for the separation of therapeutic proteins

Eva Tyteca, Jean-Luc Veuthey, Gert Desmet, Davy Guillarme, Szabolcs Fekete
Analyst (2016)

Keywords: Separation of Therapeutic Proteins and mAbs, Retention modeling, Biopharmaceuticals, RPLC, IEX, HIC


This review summarizes the use of computer assisted liquid chromatographic method development for the analytical characterization of protein biopharmaceuticals. Several modes of chromatography including reversed-phase liquid chromatography (RPLC), ion exchange chromatography (IEX), hydrophobic inter- action chromatography (HIC) and some perspectives are discussed. For all these chromatographic modes, the most important variables for tuning retention and selectivity are exposed. Then, the retention models that were applied in the literature in RPLC, IEX and HIC are described and critically discussed. Finally, some representative examples of separation of therapeutic proteins and mAbs are shown, to illustrate the possibilities offered by the retention modeling approach. At the end, the reliability of the models was excellent, whatever the chromatographic mode, and the retention time prediction errors were systematically below 2%. In addition, a significant amount of time can be saved during method development and robustness testing.

Hydrophobic interaction chromatography for the characterization of monoclonal antibodies and related products

Szabolcs Fekete, Jean-Luc Veuthey, Alain Beck, Davy Guillarme
J. Pharm. Biomed. Anal., 130, 25 October, 3-18 (2016)

Keywords: Hydrophobic interaction chromatography, Antibody-drug-conjugate, Therapeutic antibody, Method development, Columns, DryLab, Method modeling


Hydrophobic interaction chromatography (HIC) is a historical strategy used for the analytical purification and characterization of proteins. Similarly to what can be done in reversed-phase liquid chromatography (RPLC), HIC is able to separate protein species based on their hydrophobicity, but using different conditions. Compared to RPLC, the main benefit of HIC is its ability to perform separations under non denaturing conditions (i.e. physiological pH conditions, ambient mobile phase temperature and no need for organic solvents) and so an orthogonal method. The goal of this review is to provide a general overview of theoretical and practical aspects of modern HIC applied for the characterization of therapeutic protein biopharmaceuticals including monoclonal antibodies (mAbs), antibody drug conjugates (ADCs) and bispecific antibodies (bsAbs). Therefore, method development approaches, state-of-the-art column technology, applications and future perspectives are described and critically discussed.


Modeling of HPLC methods using QbD principles in HPLC

Imre Molnár, Hans-Jürgen Rieger, Robert Kormány
Advances in Chromatography, Eli Grushka, Nelu Grinberg , (CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 2016), 53, Chapter 8, 331–350

Keywords: Method Modeling, Mulitfactorial Modeling, Robustness Modeling, Modeling Protein Separations, Quality by Design, QbD, DryLab,


HPLC method modeling is becoming a powerful tool to be used in the communication about method quality in HPLC between different labs, different companies, and between companies and regulatory agencies. The understanding of simple rules of peak movements will facilitate the development of new drugs, which are badly needed for smaller patient populations. The new features of HPLC modeling software, such as 3D resolution map, the modeled robustness testing, a practicable method transfer, or a method knowledge management offer a closed loop of all information about the birth and practical use of a method, and it further suggests the use of such software solutions in regulated laboratories to make analyst's life easier-especially in the pharmaceutical industry.

Modeling of HPLC methods using QbD principles in HPLC.

Method development for the separation of monoclonal antibody charge variants in cation exchange chromatography, Part I: Salt gradient approach

Sz.Fekete, A.Beck, J.Fekete, D.Guillarme
J Pharm Biomed Anal., 102, 33-44 (2015)

Keywords: Ion exchange, Salt gradient, Monoclonal antibody, Method development, Cetuximab


Ion exchange chromatography (IEX) is a historical technique widely used for the detailed characterization of therapeutic proteins and can be considered as a reference and powerful technique for the qualitative and quantitative evaluation of charge variants. When applying salt gradient IEX approach for mono-clonal antibodies (mAbs) characterization, this approach is described as time-consuming to develop and product-specific. The goal of this study was to tackle these two bottle-necks. The optimization was performed by computer simulation using DryLab modeling software and a custom made model.

By modeling the retention of several commercial mAbs and their variants in IEX, we proved that the mobile phase temperature was not relevant for tuning selectivity, while optimal salt gradient program can be easily found based on only two initial gradients of different slopes. Last but not least, the dependence of retention vs. pH being polynomial, three initial runs at different pH were required to optimize mobile phase pH. Finally, only 9 h of initial experiments were necessary to simultaneously optimize salt gradient profile and pH in IEX. The data can then be treated with commercial modeling software to find out the optimal conditions to be used, and accuracy of retention times prediction was excellent (less than 1% variation between predicted and experimental values).

Second, we also proved that generic IEX conditions can be applied for the characterization of mAbs possessing a wide range of pI, from 6.7 to 9.1. For this purpose, a strong cation exchange column has to be employed at a pH below 6 and using a proportion of NaCl up to 0.2 M. Under these conditions, all the mAbs were properly eluted from the column. Therefore, salt gradient CEX can be considered as a generic multi-product approach.

Method development for the separation of monoclonal antibody charge variants in cation exchange chromatography, Part II: pH gradient approach

Sz.Fekete, A.Beck, J.Fekete, D.Guillarme
J Pharm Biomed Anal., 102, 282-289 (2015)

Keywords: Ion exchange, Monoclonal antibody, pH gradient, Method development, Cetuximab


The cation exhange pH gradient approach was evaluated for the characterization of 10 model monoclonal antibodies including panitumumab, natalizumab, cetuximab, bevacizumab, trastuzumab, rituximab, palivizumab, adalimumab, denosumab and ofatumumab.

This work shows that retention and resolution can be modelled in cation exchange pH gradient mode, based on only four initial runs (i.e. two gradient times and two mobile phase temperature). Only 6 h were required for a complete method optimization when using a 100 mm × 4.6 mm strong cation exchange column. Optimization was performed by computer simulation using DryLab modeling software. The accuracy of predictions was excellent, with an average difference between predicted and experimental retention times of about 1%.

The 10 model antibodies were successfully eluted in both pH and salt gradient modes, proving that both modes of elution can be considered as multi-product charge sensitive separation methods. For most of the compounds, the variants were better resolved in the salt gradient mode and the peak capacities were also higher in the salt gradient approach. These observations confirm that pH gradient approach may be of lower interest than salt gradient cation exchange chromatography for antibody characterization.

Establishing column batch repeatability according to Quality by Design (QbD) principles using modeling software

Norbert Rácz, Róbert Kormány, Jenő Fekete, Imre Molnár
J Pharm Biomed Anal., 108, 10 April, 1–10 (2015), DOI: 10.1016/j.jpba.2015.01.037

Keywords: DOE, DryLab, QbD, Robustness, UPLC-column comparison


Twelve columns of same brand name but different batches were compared. 3D design of experiment modeled by DryLab was used to compare column selectivity and performance. 3D resolution space allows establishing better method robustness before validation. A multivariable design space (MODR) allows flexible routine work with columns. This procedure allows easy column replacement to retain method robustness.

Multifactorial design principles applied for the simultaneous separation of local anesthetics using chromatography modeling software

C.Chamseddin, T.Jira
Anal. Methods, 6, 6702-6710 (2014)


This study describes the development of liquid chromatographic methods for the simultaneous separation of some of the most popular local anesthetics in pharmaceutical preparations and medical praxis (benzocaine, bupivacaine, chloroprocaine lidocaine, oxybuprocaine, prilocaine, procaine, propipocaine and tetracaine) based on a systematic approach using experimental design methodology in which one or more factors are changed at the same time. The strategy employs a chromatography modeling software for the simultaneous optimization of critical chromatographic parameters, which are gradient time tG, temperature T and the ternary composition of the organic eluent B.

DryLab is one of the most established software for chromatography modeling, which allows for modeling of chromatographic separations based on input data from two or more experimental runs. The use of DryLab for HPLC modeling to facilitate methods development was well documented in the last 27 years. In this time a continuous development occurred to the software which enabled it to cope more with the ongoing technological progress. On the other hand, a number of published studies exist that deal with the use of DryLab in different chromatographic modes and wide application ranges. DryLab is applied to solve different analytical problems in pharmaceutical analysis, which deal mostly with the separation of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) in the presence of their impurities and/or their degradation products. In the field of phytochemical analysis many applications on complex plant extracts are also available. Moreover, DryLab has been successfully applied to optimize the separation of different groups of environmental pollutants, peptides and proteins and metabolites.

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