Biomedicum Protein Production and Purification Core Facility (B3P) B3P
Production and
Purification Core Facility
Biomedicum Protein Production and Purification (B3P) Logo
Michael Jeltsch
PhD, Adjunct Professor
Academy Research Fellow
Research Programs Unit
Room B318a
P.O. Box 63 (Haartmaninkatu 8)
00014 University of Helsinki
phone +358 2 941 25514
fax +358 2 941 25510
Olli Ritvos
MD/PhD, Adjunct Professor
Instruct Protein production services facilitator
Medicum, room B132b
P.O. Box 63 (Haartmaninkatu 8)
FIN-00014 University of Helsinki
phone +358 2 941 25284
Arja Pasternack
PhD, Senior Researcher
Protein production specialist
Medicum, room B132b
P.O. Box 63 (Haartmaninkatu 8)
FIN-00014 University of Helsinki
phone +358 2 941 25284


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From the beginning of 2016, the facility will run as an official core facility of the medical faculty. Every new user needs to be registered and receive a minimum of 1 hour training. Training, use and purified proteins are free for all collaborative work.

 Internal academic customers
(Helsinki University (HU)
& HU Hospital
External academic
Equipment use*
Äkta Avant32€/run48€/run96€/run
WAVE reactor142€/run213€/run426€/run
Incubator space0.26€/flask/d0.39€/flask/d0.78€/flask/d
*This does not include buffers and columns. Disposable columsn are provided by the customer. Maximum length of a run is 24 hours for the Äkta Avant and 7 days for the WAVE reactor. Longer run times are charged proportionally.
Training and assisted use
Assisted use24€/d36€/d72€/d
* Training sessions are usually 1.5 hours. Pricing is independet of the amount of participants, but the maximal anumber is limited to four. E.g. 1.5 hours of training cost 32€ (Äkta run) + 1.5x24€ (training) = 68€ for an internal academic customer.
** Five-day course (~4h training/day). We purify a protein via three columns (affinity, IEX/HIC/etc., gel filtration) and analyze the results via PAGE + Western/Coomassie/Silver staining. Maximal number of participants: 8. We are purifying one protein for each group of 4 participants.
gel filtration 30cm, fast desalting8€/d12€/d24€/d
gel filtration 60cm12€/d18€/d36€/d
IEX an others20€/d30€/d60€/d
Column and/or machine cleanup*24€/h36€/h72€/h
* Columns are provided in the appropriate storage buffer (e.g. 20% ethanol for gel filtration columns). After use, they need to be returned clean and in the same buffer. Users are also expected to flush the tubing of the machine after use in order to prevent salt depositions or microbial growth inside the device. If we have to clean the device or clean or buffer exchange rented/borrowed columns because the user failed to do so, we will ask for a fee as this takes quite some time and effort. Cleaning by the user does not include the cleaning-in-place (CIP) with (e.g. 0.5 M NaOH for gel filtration columns), which we do regularily every 10 runs.
Purified proteins (standardized production service*)
  • human VEGF-A165 50µg (20µl in PBS), untagged, without carrier protein, sterile, produced in Drosophila S2 cells150€200€400€
  • human ΔNΔC-VEGF-C 50µg (in PBS), untagged, without carrier protein, sterile, produced in Drosophila S2 cells150€200€400€
Coming soon:
  • human pro-VEGF-C 50µg (in PBS), untagged, without carrier protein, sterile, produced in Drosophila S2 cells300€400€800€
* This service is provided for proteins, for which we have performed the production and purification many times and for which the production and purification procedure has been published. We perform extensive purity and activity assays on these proteins before we hand them over to our customers.
Purified proteins (customized production service)
We are offering the production of recombinant proteins as a full service (starting from cloning of the expression construct to the final purified protein). We offer two standard expression systems: stably transfected insect cells (Drosophila S2, Sf9 or HighFive) and stably transfected mammalian cells (CHO or 293F).
Our standard purification consists of two-steps: affinity purification (via a polyhistidine tag or and antibody Fc tag) and gel filtration. However, we recognize the need of non-standard procedures for many proteins and therefore we offer also customized solutions (different vectors, different expression hosts, different purification schemes). The project and the invoicing are tied to four milestones:
  1. Expression vector cloning
  2. Generation of stable cell line
  3. Protein production
  4. Protein purification
While milestones 1 and 2 have a fixed price, milestones 3 and 4 depend on the amount of protein required. It is impossible to predict with certainty in advance the expression levels for any individual protein. We determine expression levels for the protein of interest in the cell lines that we establish to be able to predict the achievable amounts and associated costs. For secreted expression in CHO cells, levels can be up to 200 mg/l (but some proteins don't even reach 1/1000th of that amount). If you need fixed pricing ahead of time, we produce according to best effort. For details, please contact us!

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