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  • FDA Emphasizes Regulatory Flexibility In Biosimilar Reviews
    FDA Emphasizes Regulatory Flexibility In Biosimilar Reviews

    A study recently published in the BJCP go a long way toward providing a clear example of what regulatory flexibility looks like in the EMA. But where does the FDA, which got a late start with biosimilars, stand in terms of regulatory flexibility today?

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.

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GUEST CONTRIBUTORS

  • 10 Critical Components Of A Successful Global Drug Development Plan
    10 Critical Components Of A Successful Global Drug Development Plan

    We use plans every day to help us arrive at our desired destinations.  Pilots utilize flight plans prior to take off — although they have flown to their destination perhaps hundreds of times before, they nevertheless reviews and follows a flight plan. Likewise, ship’s captains also file plans and chart courses. Road maps provide guidance on how to drive from point A to point B, though today most people rely on electronic global positioning systems (GPS) to assist with navigation.

  • Best Practices For Measuring System Quality For Drug-Device Combination Products
    Best Practices For Measuring System Quality For Drug-Device Combination Products

    Combination product development is a complex matter governed by different areas of regulatory oversight. In my previous article, we discussed which current good manufacturing practice (cGMP) requirements apply when drugs, devices, and biological products are combined, and the typical pitfalls to avoid when doing so.

  • Opioid Crisis Pushing Changes To U.S. Chronic Pain Drug Market
    Opioid Crisis Pushing Changes To U.S. Chronic Pain Drug Market

    With the U.S opioid analgesic addiction and overdose crisis showing no signs of relenting, change is coming fast for manufacturers of chronic pain drugs.

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BIOPROCESSING WHITE PAPERS

  • Clinical Trial Logistics In Africa: Ensuring Quality, Compliance And Control

    Today’s Africa has increasingly become a source of fascination for pharmaceutical researchers drawn to the study and control of both communicable diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS as well as diseases of the developed world like cancer, diabetes, hypertension and chronic respiratory disease. By World Courier

  • Imaging In Clinical Trials: Frequently Asked Questions Imaging can provide important endpoints to determine the effectiveness of experimental treatments. This is especially important in helping to determine whether to go forward from phases I and II to more advanced trials. By ACR Image Metrix
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INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

  • How Big Data Is Transforming Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
    How Big Data Is Transforming Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

    Pharmaceutical manufacturers now have the ability to analyze massive amounts of quality, environmental, and IoT-generated factory data, which enables them to build end-to-end process controls — resulting in higher-quality products, more predictability, more efficient manufacturing, and faster time to market.

  • The Relationship Between The Chemical Nature Of Bacterial Endotoxins And Their Toxicity And Immunogenicity
    The Relationship Between The Chemical Nature Of Bacterial Endotoxins And Their Toxicity And Immunogenicity

    The chemical nature of bacterial endotoxins has an effect on the toxicity that these endotoxins cause in other organisms, as well as on the immunogenic effects generated in the organism. In general, bacterial endotoxins are complexes formed by lipopolysaccharide molecules found in the cell membranes of Gram-negative bacteria. The diseases related to Gram-negative bacteria affect humans and animals and, in many cases, are difficult to treat, which is why is important to have effective and bacteria-specific antibiotics.

  • Exploring Collaboration With Third Parties And The Impact On Document Management
    Exploring Collaboration With Third Parties And The Impact On Document Management

    The trend towards virtual pharma is accelerating and as it does, the life sciences industry is undergoing a profound structural change. The areas of development and commercialization which were once conducted within the confines of one company have now become a collaboration within an ecosystem of entities, both public and private.

  • 6 Types Of Diseases In Humans Related To Endotoxins Of Gram-Negative Bacteria
    6 Types Of Diseases In Humans Related To Endotoxins Of Gram-Negative Bacteria

    By entering the bloodstream, Gram-negative bacteria cause immune system reactions and lead to the activation of different chains of non-cellular reactions. One of the components of the cell wall of this family of bacteria are lipopolysaccharides, which form complexes of high molecular weight known as bacterial endotoxins, due to the toxic effect that they cause in other organisms.

  • Applying QRM To The Change Control Process
    Applying QRM To The Change Control Process

    Since the publication of ICH Q9: Quality Risk Management in 2005 (1), there has been much written about the application of risk management to the production process, product development and validation (2–5). Relatively little has been published about its application to some of production’s supporting processes that comprise an important part of the pharmaceutical quality system (PQS).

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LIFE SCIENCE INDUSTRY EVENTS

BioNetwork West 2016 October 5 - 7, 2016
Laguna Niguel, CA
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
Airflow Visualization Techniques and Practices October 11 - 12, 2016
Bethesda, MD
Medical Device Design Controls 101 – A Practical Crash Course October 12, 2016
1pm-2:30pm EDT, Online Training
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TRAINING COURSES

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
Medical Device Design Controls 101 – A Practical Crash Course October 12, 2016
1pm-2:30pm EDT, Online Training
The Top Method Validation Mistakes – And How to Avoid Them October 14, 2016
1pm-2:30pm EDT, Online Training
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