EDITOR'S DESK

  • 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

  • How To Properly Vacuum Your Cleanroom

    Simply put, every square inch of a cleanroom should be absolutely pristine. Ceiling panels, lighting units, HEPA filtration units, sprinkler heads, walls, glass surfaces, process equipment, piping systems, floors, and manufacturing equipment should all be decontaminated regularly. By Nilfisk CFM

  • A Dynamic Approach To Models In Phase I The primary focus in Phase I clinical trials has traditionally been the assessment of safety, tolerability, and pharmacokinetics. However, there has been increasing interest over the last decade in the application of biomarkers and surrogate endpoints in healthy volunteer studies to provide information on putative efficacy, dose response, and time effects of investigational drugs. Submitted by ICON
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INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

  • Comprehensive Solutions For Aggregate Issues
    Comprehensive Solutions For Aggregate Issues

    The success of any biologic, such as monoclonal antibodies (mAbs), recombinant proteins, or biosimilars, depends greatly on downstream molecule purification. Process scientists often face multiple challenges during this process, including the formation of aggregates.

  • Overcoming Obstacles In Final Ultra-Filtration Steps
    Overcoming Obstacles In Final Ultra-Filtration Steps

    When preparing your pharmaceutical product for the vial, ultra-filtration is the final step in its purification process – just before final bulk filtration. Despite the importance of the end-purification steps and the great challenges that bioprocess engineers must contend with during this phase, there isn’t much literature on the topic.

  • Considerations To Ensure Successful Scale-up Of Single-use Processes
    Considerations To Ensure Successful Scale-up Of Single-use Processes

    Considerations to ensure successful implementation of single-use automation from laboratory-scale to large-scale production.

  • Finding Solid Ground In New Markets
    Finding Solid Ground In New Markets

    In the recent Economist Intelligence Unit survey on biopharma’s present and future, biopharma industry leaders expressed excitement and some uncertainty about the emerging markets of the Middle East and Africa. Respondents saw great opportunity in these regions, but also cited potential risks in relation to regulatory questions and stability issues. We spoke with Bert de Vet, Head of Commercial EMEA Process Solutions at MilliporeSigma, about his take on growth in the region and some of the ways companies entering these regions can mitigate risk.

  • Why Russia Is An Attractive Market For Clinical Trials
    Why Russia Is An Attractive Market For Clinical Trials

    The largest country in the world, Russia is bigger than Pluto at 16.6million km2, and is separated from the USA by less than 4 km. Still nominally at war since 1945 with Japan over the Kuril Islands, it has 20% of the world’s unfrozen fresh water in a single lake, Lake Baikal. It spans nine time zones, has 28 official languages and has the world’s longest railway. The first Russian child to receive the vaccine against smallpox was called “Vaccinov,” given a pension, and observed throughout his life.

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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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