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  • The Debate On Standards In Biologics Development Heats Up
    The Debate On Standards In Biologics Development Heats Up

    Though it’s only natural to expect animated scientific discussion between the FDA and USP which have long been partners-in-science, I found myself caught off-guard by just how firmly the FDA has been putting its foot down and making its thoughts known on the role certain standards — in particular, USP monographs — should (or should not play) in biologics development.

FDA’s “Show Me The Data” A Recipe For Tailored Biosimilar Development?

In this first of what will be a two-part article, USP's Fouad Atouf highlights the challenges presented by the FDA’s newest guidance while remaining optimistic that the large amount of data recommended today will open doors to more efficient development in the (hopefully) near future.

Why We Should Celebrate The FDA’s Biosimilar Comparative Analytics Guidance

Despite the importance of the process the FDA is outlining in the guidance, I’ve surprisingly heard little chatter — positive or negative — about what the agency is now outlining and what this may mean for biosimilars and the biosimilar regulatory paradigm moving forward. Here are a couple of the biggest takeaways to note.

3 Countries To Watch In The MENA Region

Though there is a large handful of countries that, to date, don’t have biosimilar pathways established, a few countries have been slowly gearing up to be leaders in paving the way for biologics and biosimilars. In this article, I’ll discuss the potential of these three markets, as well as the business considerations Challand highlighted for companies considering entering the MENA region.

MENA: Biosimilar Market Challenges And Regulatory Considerations

Throughout her presentation, Challand gave us a good look at the current state of the biologics market in MENA and the ongoing educational and collaborative efforts that could help shape the markets in this region. She also shared several important considerations for regulators and biosimilar companies looking to expand their business to MENA.

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    4 (More) Microbiological Root Cause Analyses Lessons From Sherlock Holmes

    Bias can take many forms and is often not easily recognized by an investigator. Sherlock Holmes was keenly aware of bias' potential impacts and so did not allow bias generated through speculation, random hypothesis, or previous experience to determine or redirect the course of his investigations. Applying more of Holmes’ famous observations and investigative principles can uncover hidden bias and greatly increase an investigator’s chance of finding that elusive definitive root cause.

  • Applications For Single-Use Systems In Biosimilar Development
    Applications For Single-Use Systems In Biosimilar Development

    Exploring the benefits, challenges, and future of disposable systems in biosimilar manufacturing.

  • Cutting Packaging Costs: What Life Sciences Can Learn From Consumer Packaged Goods
    Cutting Packaging Costs: What Life Sciences Can Learn From Consumer Packaged Goods

    Industries can (and should) learn from one another. As the life sciences market continues to become more competitive and social pressure to reduce healthcare costs increases, consumer packaged goods (CPG) approaches and strategies to cut packaging costs can be applied to life sciences to achieve these objectives. 

  • IPR For Biosimilars: Examining The Benefits And Drawbacks

    Whether Inter Partes Review (IPR) is the right choice for biosimilar developers will depend on the particular circumstances surrounding each drug candidate. But given the benefits of IPR proceedings, they must at least be considered as a potential tool for challenging patents.

  • Equipment Change Control For GMP Production Facilities — Proving It All Works

    The first article in this two-part series outlined the six primary stages of equipment change control and discussed the first two stages: (1) determining the equipment utility/IT requirements and (2) pre-installation assessment, utility evaluation, and remediation. This article describes the final four stages of this process: (3) evaluating the impact of new equipment installation on previously validated utilities, (4) executing validations for new equipment, (5) review of equipment turn-over packages and validation reports, and (6) performing change control effectiveness checks.

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  • Amgen v. Hospira: The Federal Circuit’s Latest On The Biosimilar Patent Dance
    Amgen v. Hospira: The Federal Circuit’s Latest On The Biosimilar Patent Dance

    In the Amgen v. Hospira decision, issued on Aug. 10, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit gave a little more ammunition back to the biologics manufacturers (though on its face, it was a loss for Amgen), opining that the “could reasonably be asserted” language in the statute allows a biologics sponsor to initially include in the list any patent that it believes in good faith “could” reasonably be asserted, even if the belief is mistaken.

  • Keeping Pace With Increasing Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Demand
    Keeping Pace With Increasing Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Demand

    Today’s biologics pipeline is healthy, but near-term forecasts indicate growth so robust, the industry risks being ill-equipped to meet demand. Can biopharma count on contract manufacturers to rise to the demand challenge?

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    Leverage Facility Design To Minimize Risk For Biopharma Manufacturing

    Learn how the application of best practice design principles can help mitigate the risks confronting biotechnology companies when navigating the uncertainty surrounding its product pipeline.

  • Biocontainment: Understanding Biosafety Levels
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    This two-part article on biocontainment is a companion to our discussion of potent compounds, which focused primarily on chemically derived drug substances and drug components. While analogous to chemical potent compounds, biologically derived ingredients, intermediates, and products are produced by human manipulation of naturally occurring lifeforms and their byproducts.

  • 7 Surefire Ways To Motivate A Life Science Consultant
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    Companies in the pharma industry are increasingly hiring consultants to meet the objectives of small to large capital projects. It's important that companies motivate their consultants to their maximum abilities

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