• Biobetters: How Much Competition Should Biosimilar Makers Expect?
    Biobetters: How Much Competition Should Biosimilar Makers Expect?

    In the last few weeks, news stories have surfaced reminding the biosimilar industry that biobetters are alive and, for the most part, well. Overall, there are upwards of 500 biobetters in development worldwide. But should the biosimilar industry really be concerned about biobetters quashing the use of biosimilars?

The Norwegian Biosimilar Phenomenon: From Biosimilar To “Biogeneric”

Following the recent Amgen and Sandoz FDA advisory committee meetings, which focused heavily on concerns about “non-medical switching,” Dr. Steiner Madsen’s often frank discussion on how switching contributed to biosimilar uptake in Norway provides reassurance and best practices for global biosimilar makers.

How “Consumer Reports” FDA Approvals Could Hurt Biosimilars

A recently published article in The Wall Street Journal proposes several changes to the FDA approval process. However, at a time when there should be more emphasis on accelerating biosimilar approval, this proposal very well could spell trouble for biosimilars. 

Amgen, Sandoz Biosimilar FDA AdComs: 5 Takeaways

Though both FDA advisory committees unanimously recommended approval and extrapolation of both Amgen's and Sandoz's biosimilars, this process was not as cut-and-dried as expected following the overwhelmingly positive FDA briefing documents. The stumbling points of each committee are important to note prior to your own candidates' FDA submission. 

Post-Brexit: The U.K. Biosimilar Market

In recent weeks, the U.K. made the seismic decision to leave the E.U. But biosimilars aren’t without support. Prior to Brexit, the U.K. celebrated the launch of the BBA, which has several initiatives underway to keep biosimilars a priority in the newly independent country.

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    Expansions and renovations to existing biological facilities, and construction of new facilities, provide a unique opportunity to rethink basic design strategies and use new technologies to build a better facility that will improve compliance. This article is the fourth in a six-part series on how single-use systems are changing the modern biotechnology facility and process design paradigm.

  • A Working Introduction To Six Sigma For Pharmaceutical Manufacturers
    A Working Introduction To Six Sigma For Pharmaceutical Manufacturers

    This is the first in a series of articles on Six Sigma that will introduce you to this methodical, rigorous approach to process excellence, and share the author's experiences using the technique in the pharmaceutical industry.

  • Early Implementation Of Quality By Design For Biological Product Development
    Early Implementation Of Quality By Design For Biological Product Development

    The idea of thinking in terms of “operational excellence” is a relatively new idea for the biopharmaceutical industry. The enormous uncertainty associated with bringing a biological drug product from discovery to approval almost precludes the thought of forward-thinking in terms of what makes a quality product, especially during early-stage development. However, extensive product knowledge is gathered during early development, and crucial decisions are made in terms moving the science forward to generate the data required to meet your business objectives.

  • Anti-TNF Biosimilars In Europe: What Matters Beyond Price?

    The recent introduction in Europe of biosimilar anti-tumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF) drugs has attracted considerable attention. Much of the commentary to date has centered on price, but price tells only part of the story. Structural and perceptual differences have led to considerable heterogeneity in the levels of discounting, access, and uptake throughout and even within European markets.

  • CAR T-Cell Therapy: The Road Ahead

    In recent years, we have witnessed a meteoric rise in clinical studies of cancer immunotherapies, catapulting immuno-oncology into one of the fastest growing and dynamic areas in pharmaceutical development today.

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  • Virus Retentive Filtration In Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing

    Virus removal using retentive filters designed to provide effective and consistent clearance of parvovirus (~20 nm) has now become an established standard in downstream purification processes for biologics produced using mammalian cells. Compared to other commonly used virus clearance methods, such as chromatography and low pH inactivation, retentive filtration is superior in its ability to clear almost all potential viral contaminants while also avoiding adverse effects on product quality. While commercially available retentive filters vary in chemical composition and structural configuration, all of these filters primarily clear viruses through the mechanism of size exclusion.

  • How Broadening The Analysis Of Compound Factors Allows For Predictive Solubility Solutions

    The Biopharmaceutics Classification System (BCS), developed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to simplify and accelerate the drug development process, helps companies when they file for bioequivalence of dosage forms based on in vitro dissolution testing. The objective of the BCS system is to predict in vivo performance of drugs from in vitro measurements of solubility and permeability. The system has evolved to classify low-soluble drugs according to their permeability (BCS Class II or IV). A compound’s classification (I through IV) is indicative of its potential bioavailability.

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  • From Outsourcing To Partnership
    From Outsourcing To Partnership

    A recent survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit questioned biopharma industry leaders about their plans and concerns for the future. Along with excitement over expanding into novel therapies and emerging markets, they expressed serious concerns about risk mitigation. To combat risk, they raised the potentially contradictory options of building internal capacity and using outside experts. We spoke with Sebastien Ribault – Director of the MilliporeSigma BioDevelopment Center – to get his take on this duality and how it’s changing the nature of partnership.

  • Selecting The Optimal Resins For Aggregate Removal
    Selecting The Optimal Resins For Aggregate Removal

    The success of any biologic drug, for example, monoclonal antibodies (mAbs), recombinant proteins, or biosimilars, depends greatly on downstream purification. Among the challenges process scientists often face during this process is the formation and/or removal of aggregates of monomers.

  • Canadian Health Product Labeling – The Product Facts Table
    Canadian Health Product Labeling – The Product Facts Table

    Label content pertaining to non-prescription healthcare products is of great concern to the government of Canada. Not only what appears on the label but also the wording, how it appears and how easy it is to understand are all of vital concern.

  • It’s Time To Go Electronic In The Lab – Infographic
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    The paper-based lab versus the digital lab. The largest barrier to innovation for any lab is performing tasks manually and recording experiment data in paper lab notebooks. Easy-to-use digital applications can increase productivity while reducing wasted time and inefficiencies associated with searching for relevant experiment data.

  • BIO 2016 Survey: Where Is Biopharma Headed?
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    15,937 industry leaders, 40% of which were C-level executives, attended the BIO International Convention in San Francisco that ran June 6-9. The MilliporeSigma team used this opportune gathering of the biopharma industry to unveil the findings of a study that it recently sponsored with The Economist Intelligence Unit, titled The Changing Biopharma Risk Equation.

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