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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

  • Single-Use Process Platforms Help Biomanufacturers Reduce Costs

    There are many new challenges facing those involved in the manufacture of biopharmaceuticals. Whereas in the past, overall process efficiency was sometimes treated as an afterthought as companies tried to get to market as quickly as possible, the production costs of biopharmaceuticals are now, receiving greater attention which is spurring interest in continuous bioprocessing. The loss of patent protection from blockbuster drugs is creating a market for biosimilars in which being able to compete effectively requires low prices underpinned by low manufacturing costs.

  • Selection Of Cleaning Agents And Parameters For CGMO Processes

    Selecting suitable cleaning agents and determining justifiable cleaning process parameters are critical prerequisites for cleaning validation. Proper selection of these cleaning agents and parameters could simplify cleaning validation efforts immensely.By STERIS Corporation

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INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

  • Selecting The Optimal Resins For Mammalian Virus Process Purification And Clearance
    Selecting The Optimal Resins For Mammalian Virus Process Purification And Clearance

    The success of biologics for use in humans depends on the ability to effectively remove any viral contaminants. Viral Clearance from biologics is critical to their performance since they can directly infect mammalian cells and cause diseases such as AIDS, mumps, measles, herpes, hepatitis, meningitis, and shingles. And, conversely, studying these disease causing viruses can aid in the development of preventive and curative therapeutics. In this article, Bio-Rad provides snapshots of the different apatite-based media that can be effectively utilized for the process-scale purification of small to mid-sized viruses.

  • Accelerate Process Understanding,  Innovation & Time To Market In Biotech
    Accelerate Process Understanding, Innovation & Time To Market In Biotech

    Multivariate data analysis and Design of Experiments are used for a wide range of applications in the life sciences, food & beverage, chemicals, pulp & paper, agricultural, automotive and energy sectors, enabling companies to reduce R&D timeframes, optimize production processes and improve quality control.

  • Pharma Seeks Long Tail Of Flexible Manufacturing
    Pharma Seeks Long Tail Of Flexible Manufacturing

    The pharmaceutical industry is at the cutting edge in terms of types of products and technologies offered and under development. The last 30 years has seen the biopharm boom, and most recently, the marriage of therapies with high-tech delivery systems, particularly prefilled syringes and other injection devices.

  • Japan’s Expanding Role In Pharma
    Japan’s Expanding Role In Pharma

    Japan is the world’s second-largest single-country pharmaceutical market, accounting for approximately 10 per cent of global drug sales and expanding quickly.

  • A Guide To The Development Of Monoclonal Antibodies (mAb) Purification Platforms
    A Guide To The Development Of Monoclonal Antibodies (mAb) Purification Platforms

    The use of monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) and MAb conjugates as biopharmaceuticals have increased over the last decade. As a result, more cost-effective, efficient, and flexible process purification solutions are of high priority for MAb manufacturers. Increasing product titers upstream can introduce challenges in downstream purification processes. With increased MAb titers, the cell culture supernatant might contain an elevated number of impurities (e.g., aggregates) that need to be separated from the target molecule.

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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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