The Challenge of Accurate Protein Bioanalysis
In recent years, liquid chromatography–tandem mass spectrometry (LC–MS/MS) methods have been increasingly adopted as a replacement for ligand‑binding assays to monitor the fate of drugs in vivo. Such bioanalysis of protein-based pharmaceuticals (biopharmaceuticals) is more challenging, however, than it is for small-molecule drugs. Rainer Bischoff of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands has been exploring approaches to overcome these challenges. He recently spoke to us about this work.