The continuous bed bioreactor systems have been used for the production of protein therapeutics, such as IgG, using immobilized enzyme in biopharmaceutical applications. We developed macroporous poly(hydroxyethyl methacrylate-co-glycidyl methacrylate) cryogel-based bioreactor matrix using sodium dodecyl sulfate as surfactans in the presence of ethylene glycol dimethacrylate as cross linking agent by bulk polymerization. The developed polyGMA immobilized bioreactor with papain enzyme was used for specific fragmentation of immunoglobulin G. The catalysis efficiency for immobilized enzyme were investigated in comparison with free enzyme. The immobilized papain displayed broad catalytic activity over a variety of conditions, with maximal activity around pH 7.0 and 70 degrees C. The Michaelis-Menten kinetic constant (K-m), the maximum reaction velocity (V-max), and the catalytic efficiency (k(cat)) for free enzyme were 0.1097 mg/mL, 29.9 mg/mL/min, and 92.01 1/min, respectively, whereas for immobilized enzyme, K-m, V-max, and k(cat) values were 0.1078 mg/mL, 30.53 mg/mL/min, and 94.3 1/min, respectively. In a further step, after digestion, remarkable digestion products of bioreactor, Fab and Fc fragments, produced with immobilized papain bioreactors were analyzed in two ways by SDS-PAGE and reversed-phase HPLC; it was demonstrated that papain immobilized bioreactor successfully used for the digestion of human IgG with high activity. Therefore, the polyGMA cryogel immobilized with papain exhibited a very effective matrix for the bioreactor which can be considered as an alternative bioreactor matrix with great promise in biopharmaceutical applications.