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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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  • 5 Steps To Build A Quality Culture That Supports Data Integrity

    When it comes to building a culture of quality, many companies ask, "Where do we start?”

  • 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.

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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

  • Four Steps To Conducting A Successful Data Integrity Audit
    Four Steps To Conducting A Successful Data Integrity Audit

    Auditing is a critical aspect of an overall data integrity assurance plan. To successfully audit the integrity of data, auditors must possess specific knowledge, insights, and skills.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The Changing Biopharma Risk Equation
    The Changing Biopharma Risk Equation

    As pharma companies expand, they are looking more and more to biologics for their next potential blockbusters. However, this class of product—ranging from well-established large molecule drugs to truly novel therapies—poses major challenges because of their scientific complexity and sophisticated development requirements.

  • 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.

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LIFE SCIENCE INDUSTRY EVENTS

Introduction to Biostatistics: Collecting and Summarizing Data September 28, 2016
1pm-3pm EDT, Online Training
BioNetwork West 2016 October 5 - 7, 2016
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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
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Airflow Visualization Techniques and Practices October 11 - 12, 2016
Bethesda, MD
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Introduction to Biostatistics: Collecting and Summarizing Data September 28, 2016
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Pediatric Clinical Trials: Special Considerations and Requirements October 6, 2016
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Biosimilars: Preparing For Opportunities And Challenges October 11, 2016
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Medical Device Design Controls 101 – A Practical Crash Course October 12, 2016
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