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  • What These Two Mottos Must Mean For The Biosimilar Industry
    What These Two Mottos Must Mean For The Biosimilar Industry

    I recently attended the Association for Accessible Medicines (AAM) Biosimilars Council’s Leading on Biosimilars conference.In addition to the many tidbits of knowledge I took away from this event, two terms kept resurfacing throughout the conference I feel are worth delving into more deeply.

Pfenex’s New CEO Sizes Up Biosimilar Industry’s Future

Newly-appointed Pfenex CEO, Eef Schimmelpennink, faces the challenge of determining how to adapt Pfenex to a constantly changing future. Though it's still very early in his tenure, Schimmelpennink highlights some areas he will keep in mind as he steers Pfenex's future biosimilars onto the market.  

The Evolving Landscape Of Biosimilar Risk Management Programs

In a presentation at the 2017 World Biosimilars Congress, Asif Mahmood, disease area safety and strategy lead at Pfizer, shed some light on global risk management strategies and the challenges of launching these programs.

The Evolution Of Russia’s Biosimilar Regulatory Pathway

In a recent article, I discussed the market opportunities and reimbursement system in Russia. But in addition to this snapshot of the market, my conversation with BIOCAD's Roman Ivanov highlighted how the Russian biosimilar regulatory system was established, as well as the challenges BIOCAD has faced during it evolution.

Russia’s Biosimilar Market At A Glance

After my discussion with BIOCAD's Roman Ivanov, it’s clear the Russian biosimilar market is a prime example of the positive impact biosimilars can have on a nation. However, Russia's biosimilar market has evolved quite differently than those of the EU and U.S.

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  • How To Catalyze & Sustain Continuous Improvement In Pharmaceutical Operations
    How To Catalyze & Sustain Continuous Improvement In Pharmaceutical Operations

    While other industries have learned from the principles of quality and statistical control methodology, (bio)pharma has been slow on the uptake. This article proposes tactic designs that utilize collaboration tools to facilitate Kaizen/continuous improvement in quality management systems (QMSs).

  • Integrated Delivery Networks & The Future Of Drug Development
    Integrated Delivery Networks & The Future Of Drug Development

    Integrated delivery networks (IDNs) were among the earliest adopters of Medicare accountable care organization (ACO) programs. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) releases results specific to these programs on an annual basis, creating opportunities for new drug development.

  • Are You Prepared For The EU’s FMD Safety Features Delegated Regulation?
    Are You Prepared For The EU’s FMD Safety Features Delegated Regulation?

    The European Union’s (EU) Falsified Medicines (FMD) Directive 2011/62/EU amends Directive 2001/83/EC to safeguard public health by protecting the pharmaceutical supply chain from infiltration by falsified (or counterfeit) medicines. It also introduces new rules to more rigorously regulate the supply chain.

  • Validation Of Visual Inspection As An Analytical Method For Cleaning Validation

    It has never been clear whether visual inspection is reliable since it has never actually been validated. If it can be validated, then the use of this technique for release of equipment would be justified and might even be used in place of traditional swab methods, which take substantial amounts of time and resources to develop, validate, and perform.

  • Using Trending As A Tool For Risk-Based Thinking

    Probably the most significant concern for anyone responsible for implementing, deploying, and maintaining a quality management system is the integration of risk-based thinking. While the concept of risk management is not new, previous practice was more reactionary, primarily focusing on detection after the fact, root cause analysis, corrective actions, and preventing recurrence of the failure. Contemporary thinking places the emphasis on considering risks up front (prevention) and having a solid approach to address risk in planning, managing, and driving actions.

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  • Characterizing Drug Substance Properties Early Can Optimize Drug Product Formulation
    Characterizing Drug Substance Properties Early Can Optimize Drug Product Formulation

    Molecules continue to get more challenging from the perspective of solubility, bioavailability, and exposure. Advances in formulation technologies continue to provide more solutions. Establishing effective communications between DS chemists and DP formulators manage the risks and maximize the rewards of transforming less soluble and less bioavailable molecules into effective new drugs.

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    Ensuring Efficient Electrical System Design

    Over the past decade, 3-phase, low-voltage, dry-type transformer efficiency has become a hot topic for owners and specifying engineers seeking to save money on the long-term operational costs within a facility. Understand how to implement them into facilities, taking into consideration all of the parameters of the transformer designs, to make a safe and effective electrical distribution system.

  • 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.

  • Speaking The Regulatory Language
    Speaking The Regulatory Language

    The recent survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit asked biopharma execs about their hopes and concerns for the future of the industry. The results showed there was great excitement about the emergence of new markets and novel therapies, but this was tempered by worry over the complex maze of regulatory requirements. We spoke with Frithjof Holtz, Director of Advocacy and Surveillance for MilliporeSigma, to explore the interplay of emerging markets and regulatory harmonization.

  • Which Laboratory Software Is The Right One For Your Lab?
    Which Laboratory Software Is The Right One For Your Lab?

    To ensure that your requests for specific software and systems receive full consideration, it pays to fully understand the types of lab management software available.

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