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  • How To Prepare Your Biosimilar Company For Interchangeability
    How To Prepare Your Biosimilar Company For Interchangeability

    While attending a recent biosimilars conference, I heard few clear opinions about whether interchangeability will be a beneficial strategy for biosimilar makers. However, in an interview, Pankaj Mohan, CEO of pure-play biosimilar company Oncobiologics, offered a very straight-forward perspective.

3 Lessons From The GPhA Biosimilars Council Conference

This inaugural conference touched upon many of the topics one would expect, including reimbursement, interchangeability, naming, the global markets, and IP challenges. But I felt three overarching topics were particularly worthy of being singled out.

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. 

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GUEST CONTRIBUTORS

  • How Health Systems Will Manage Biosimilars: Implications For Manufacturers

    The FDA recently approved Inflectra (infliximab-dyyb), a biosimilar to Remicade (infliximab), for multiple indications, including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, plaque psoriasis, ankylosing spondylitis, ulcerative colitis, and Crohn’s disease. Despite being studied in clinical trials only for rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis, the FDA granted infliximab-dyyb nearly all of Remicade’s indications based on the infliximab-dyyb clinical package. The FDA stopped short of determining the biosimilar to be “interchangeable,” as standards for interchangeability have not yet been finalized.

  • FDA vs. EMA? A Review Of Recent EU Enforcement Actions In The U.S.

    The FDA and the European Union (EU) have taken serious enforcement actions against several firms in the other’s geographic jurisdiction during the calendar year 2016. Perhaps this flurry of my-inspectors-are-more-rigorous-than-yours activity represents an unofficial test, of sorts, as these agencies move to rely more on each other’s inspections — though these recent actions may test the limits and validity of such mutual recognition.

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BIOPROCESSING WHITE PAPERS

  • 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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INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

  • BIO 2016 Survey: Where Is Biopharma Headed?
    BIO 2016 Survey: Where Is Biopharma Headed?

    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.

  • 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.

  • From Discovery To Development: GS Expression System For Next-Generation Biologics
    From Discovery To Development: GS Expression System For Next-Generation Biologics

    Compared to traditional antibody expression, where routine purification and analytical strategies have been established over the last few years, next-generation biologics have complex designs. If you are first in class or you have a very bespoke up- and downstream process, it also means you will have bigger hurdles to overcome when it comes to regulatory support and filing. At Lonza, these challenges are addressed with the GS™ expression platform.

  • Selecting The Optimal Resins For IgG Process Purification
    Selecting The Optimal Resins For IgG Process Purification

    Immunoglobulins (Ig), or antibodies (Ab), are the heavy globular plasma proteins produced in response to foreign bodies or antigens. They exist in five isoforms: IgA, IgD, IgE, IgG, and IgM. IgG provides the majority of antibody-based immunity. By Payal Khandelwal, PhD

  • It’s Time To Go Electronic In The Lab – Infographic
    It’s Time To Go Electronic In The Lab – Infographic

    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.

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LIFE SCIENCE INDUSTRY EVENTS

The HireLifeScience.com Career Fair 2016 September 27, 2016
Edison, NJ
Reacting to “Human Error” – Moving Beyond “Retraining” As A Response September 27, 2016
1pm-2:30pm EDT, Online Training
Introduction to Biostatistics: Collecting and Summarizing Data September 28, 2016
1pm-3pm EDT, Online Training
New Pharma Compliant Google Ad Formats – Implementation Tips For Success September 29, 2016
1pm-2:30pm EDT, Online Training
BioNetwork West 2016 October 5 - 7, 2016
Laguna Niguel, CA
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TRAINING COURSES

Reacting to “Human Error” – Moving Beyond “Retraining” As A Response September 27, 2016
1pm-2:30pm EDT, Online Training
Introduction to Biostatistics: Collecting and Summarizing Data September 28, 2016
1pm-3pm EDT, Online Training
New Pharma Compliant Google Ad Formats – Implementation Tips For Success September 29, 2016
1pm-2:30pm EDT, Online Training
Pediatric Clinical Trials: Special Considerations and Requirements October 6, 2016
1pm-2:30pm EDT, Online Training
Biosimilars: Preparing For Opportunities And Challenges October 11, 2016
1pm-2:30pm EDT, Online Training
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