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  • 2018 Outlook: Biosimilar Trends To Watch
    2018 Outlook: Biosimilar Trends To Watch

    Last week, I published the first installment of a three-part roundtable discussion highlighting which 2017 trends/occurrences were most notable to the members of Biosimilar Development’s editorial advisory board. In addition to discussing 2017’s impact on the future of the industry, these experts also shared their thoughts on what to expect in 2018.

Top 5 Biosimilar Developments Of 2017

These top five events reflect the steps the numerous industry stakeholders are taking to build what they hope will be a biosimilar friendly framework in the U.S. Though a number of these developments could bring positive implications for the biosimilar industry moving forward, several of these have raised a number of questions and concerns.

Biosimilar Evolutions To Watch For In The New Year

Experts from Adello Biologics, PA Consulting Group, Momenta Pharmaceuticals, and Avalere Health, share which trends and challenges they’re watching closely, along with how the industry could “break from tradition” in the next few years.

What U.S. Biosimilar “Traditions” Need To Be Broken In 2018?

You may feel “tradition” is not yet a realized concept in the biosimilar industry — and I would agree with you. But this didn’t stop me from asking several experts which areas they felt could stand more attention or redirection in the future. And they left no stone unturned.

DIA Biosimilars Conference Reveals “More Questions Than Answers”

During the DIA Biosimilars 2017 conference, there were three topics of discussion that, arguably, could remove barriers to biosimilar development and advance it. But a phrase that was regularly used over the two days highlights one of the biggest issues standing in front of this industry: “There are more questions than answers.”

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GUEST CONTRIBUTORS

  • Tips For Improving Your Batch Record Review Process
    Tips For Improving Your Batch Record Review Process

    In today’s fast-paced environment, everything needs to be done right the first time. This is especially important when releasing pharmaceutical and biological products to the market. To accomplish this, firms employ a special group of quality professionals, called the batch review/release group, to review executed batch records and be that all-important final sign-off for release to market. This is no easy task. Much of the time, these executed batch records are many pages long with complex information and data to review for accuracy. Effective and efficient management of this review process is the key to a successful process.

  • Cheating In The Lab: 3 Data Integrity Pitfalls To Avoid In Laboratory Operations
    Cheating In The Lab: 3 Data Integrity Pitfalls To Avoid In Laboratory Operations

    FDA inspectors continue to observe CGMP violations involving data integrity during CGMP inspections of laboratory operations. At least 20 percent of all warning letters issued by the CDER Office of Manufacturing Quality in 2017 included explicit observations by inspectors of blatant data integrity violations in laboratory operations. While there has been an increase in warning letters issued to firms in China and India for flagrant data integrity violations, firms in the United States, Europe, and Japan have also been cited with similar violations.

  • 4 Steps For Successful Tech Transfer Of Gene And Cell Therapy Products
    4 Steps For Successful Tech Transfer Of Gene And Cell Therapy Products

    As the gene and cell therapy sector develops and its products start to move from development to commercial manufacture, the requirement for the technology transfer of these products will only increase. This technology will transfer from smaller or academic establishments and development laboratories, to larger facilities with greater capacity in-house, or to a partner company or CMO. It can occur at any phase of a product’s life cycle, from R&D preclinical stages to post-Phase 3 clinical trials to full commercial production.

  • Environmental Risks & The Life Science Supply Chain: Lessons Learned From Hurricane Maria

    The hurricane season of 2017 will be remembered as one of the worst, with some of the strongest tropical cyclones ever witnessed creating havoc in the Atlantic basin.

  • Identifying Outliers In Process Data Using Visual And Analytical Techniques

    Identifying outlier data points using visual and analytical techniques is especially important for proper process validation, control, and monitoring in the FDA regulated industries. Additionally, properly identifying outliers can assist FDA regulated companies with the proper establishment of trending and excursion limits for complaint and nonconformance management, and other aspects such as environmental monitoring, which can trigger investigations or initiate the formal corrective and preventive action (CAPA) process.

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INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

  • Incorporate Data Integrity Into Your Pharma Quality Management System
    Incorporate Data Integrity Into Your Pharma Quality Management System

    A viable QMS cannot be based upon anything except data and records that are attributable, legible, contemporaneous, original, accurate, complete and easily retrievable. 

  • 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.

  • Tips For Performing Preparative Chromatography And Protein Purification
    Tips For Performing Preparative Chromatography And Protein Purification

    This articles provides some fundamental tips and tricks to preparative chromatography that will yield a pure sample preparation that will advance protein characterization studies.

  • Divergent Approaches To Stem Cell Regulation
    Divergent Approaches To Stem Cell Regulation

    Cell-based therapies are a challenge to regulators as they involve withdrawing cells from a patient’s bone marrow, blood or tissue, growing cells in vitro, and administering the expanded cells into the patient.

  • 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.

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