The magnetic beads were synthesized using glycidylmethacrylate (GMA) and methylmethacrylate (MMA) monomers. A multimodal ligand (i.e., p-amino-benzamidine) was covalently immobilized onto magnetic beads after glutaraldehyde activation, and consequently used for purification of the trypsin from bovine pancreas. The p-amino-benzamidine ligand immobilized magnetic beads were characterized by FTIR, VSM, SEM, and analytical methods. Trypsin adsorption experiments were investigated under different experimental conditions (i.e., medium pH, initial trypsin concentration, temperature, and ionic strength) in a batch system. Maximum trypsin adsorption capacity was found to be 75.9 +/- 2.6 mg/g beads. Adsorbed trypsin was eluted by using (0.1 M acetate buffer, pH 3.0) with a 97% recovery. The purification factor of trypsin from crude pancreas extract was 8.7 folds. The purity of the eluted trypsin from p-aminobenzamidine functionalized magnetic beads was determined as 86% by HPLC. The method developed in this report was successfully applied for purification of the trypsin from crude pancreas extract in a magnetically stabilized fluidized bed reactor. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.