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

  • ICON Insight: Biotechnology: Delivering On The Promise The growth of biotechnology has been one of the most important developments in the pharmaceutical industry. Forty years ago, the field was practically unknown. Today, thousands of biotech companies around the world are using molecular biology, genetics, and genomics to produce a new wave of breakthrough medicines, and over 50% of research projects being conducted at major pharmaceutical companies are based on biotechnology. Submitted by ICON
  • Taming China’s Clinical Trial 'Dragon'

    There are many advantages to conducting clinical trials in China today. China boasts a huge market, a massive patient pool, rapid patient recruitment capabilities, low laboratory and technical costs, and a large number of highly-trained researchers and scientists. By World Courier

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INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

  • Digitally Transforming Laboratory Operations
    Digitally Transforming Laboratory Operations

    “Digital transformation” is a common buzzword across industries today, but is it more than just jargon?  Faced by shifting consumer demand, rapidly evolving technology and increasing competition, organizations — to a large extent from science-based industries — are realizing that business as usual (or only incremental change to traditional approaches) does not address today’s challenges in a sustainable, long-term way.

  • What Does 'Room Temperature' Mean In Pharmaceutical Storage?
    What Does 'Room Temperature' Mean In Pharmaceutical Storage?

    For those products where ‘room temperature’ storage is a requirement, there is a continuous and ever-increasing demand from a wide variety of regulators for manufacturers to ensure the efficacy of products, previously thought not to need temperature control during transportation, storage and distribution. 

  • Application Archiving: Deliberate Hoarders, Confused Collectors And Careful Curators
    Application Archiving: Deliberate Hoarders, Confused Collectors And Careful Curators

    Each quarter, Everteam conducts a survey about records management and archiving. In the third quarter of 2016, focusing on life sciences, we asked questions about where companies are storing the records and content created by their production applications.

  • 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).

  • Built To Fail: How Today’s Manufacturing Options Leave Pharma At Risk
    Built To Fail: How Today’s Manufacturing Options Leave Pharma At Risk

    When planning for the development of a new product, a pharmaceutical manufacturer must determine very early in the process what a product’s anticipated demand will be at the time of launch. Not only is this very difficult to do, but also the consequences of incorrect forecasts can be very costly in a number of ways. Without the ability to predict capacity needs with 100% accuracy, pharma must come up with an effective way to eliminate demand risks.

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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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