EDITOR'S DESK

  • Samsung Bioepis: Applying The "Hunger" For Biosimilars To Novel Drugs
    Samsung Bioepis: Applying The "Hunger" For Biosimilars To Novel Drugs

    Since last year's feature article celebrating Samsung Bioepis' fifth anniversary, the company has seen a number of approvals and launches and has established a novel biologics development partnership. As such, I jumped on the opportunity to learn more about the company's ongoing efforts to realize a lower COGS, speed production, and manage risk in biosimilar and biologics development.

New U.S And Canadian Facilities Boosting Biologics Capacity

Biopharma executives have warned they need more biologics development and manufacturing capacities, particularly in North America. They haven’t been howling at the moon. Four announcements – within two days of each other – offer a sign of relief. And Amgen has provided Outsourced Pharma with its first public estimate of costs for one of those facilities.

Why Biosimilars Won’t Be “A Stake In The Heart Of Innovation”

There has not been much discussion about how biosimilars contribute to or will impact innovation — outside of helping the healthcare system afford costly novel therapies. I found my interest in this question sparked upon reading a recent headline, "Biosimilars: The Cure for Sky-High Drug Prices Or A Stake In The Heart Of Innovation?"

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.

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GUEST CONTRIBUTORS

  • How To (Better) Identify And Analyze Manufacturing Trends In Your GxP Organization
    How To (Better) Identify And Analyze Manufacturing Trends In Your GxP Organization

    This is the first in a five-part article series, Identifying And Resolving Errors, Defects, And Problems Within Your Organization, focused on operationalizing proper improvement techniques. The article will enhance your understanding and prime you for visual detection of real trends in your organization by looking at a couple of examples.

  • Surveying The U.S. Regulatory Landscape For Cell And Gene Therapies
    Surveying The U.S. Regulatory Landscape For Cell And Gene Therapies

    The FDA has been issuing guidance documents addressing gene therapy development issues for approximately 20 years — a remarkable dedication of resources to an area that did not have a licensed product until 2017. Of the six gene therapy-related draft guidances the agency issued last month, two represent the first of the “suite of disease-specific guidance documents on the development of specific gene therapy products” Commissioner Scott Gottlieb promised in Dec. 2017. 

  • Manual Aseptic Processing: The Last Resort Or The Best Approach?
    Manual Aseptic Processing: The Last Resort Or The Best Approach?

    When weighing the operational and product constraints — batch size, container throughput, cost per unit, equipment utilization, facility footprint, cost per square foot, etc. — it is important to consider all of the options available to provide the most effective processing approach for the product manufacturer and, importantly, the best quality product for patients.

  • 4 Future Scenarios For Cell And Gene Therapy Adoption

    Cell and gene therapies are finally becoming a reality, with hundreds of clinical trials underway and some major therapeutic breakthroughs already reaching the market. In the past year alone, the FDA approved its first gene therapy, Spark’s Luxturna for the treatment of a rare form of vision loss, as well as the first two CAR T-cell therapies, Novartis’s Kymriah and Gilead’s Yescarta, for certain forms of blood cancer. While this certainly marks the beginning of an exciting period in the development of cell and gene therapies — the culmination of decades of development — the future impact of cell and gene therapies is uncertain.

  • Education Vs. Experience: Which Is More Important In GMP Operations?

    When looking at most job descriptions in GMP companies, they now require a college degree. This leads to the question: Are we overvaluing educational degrees and undervaluing experience in our hiring practices and position expectations?

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BIOPROCESSING WHITE PAPERS

  • Managing Risk In Biomanufacturing

    Commercial, manufacturing, and supply aspects in the biopharmaceutical industry can all be managed in order to mitigate risk. This white paper focuses on how a structured and transparent risk management process can be an ideal way to align the needs of patients with drug manufacturers and their suppliers, regulators, investors, and employees. Read on to learn more about guarding commercial interests, building and managing manufacturing capacity, and preventing supply disruption, and how these things can impact managing risk in biomanufacturing.

  • A Guide To The Development Of Monoclonal Antibodies (mAb) Purification Platforms

    The use of monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) and MAb conjugates as biopharmaceuticals have increased over the last decade. As a result, more cost-effective, efficient, and flexible process purification solutions are of high priority for MAb manufacturers. Increasing product titers upstream can introduce challenges in downstream purification processes. With increased MAb titers, the cell culture supernatant might contain an elevated number of impurities (e.g., aggregates) that need to be separated from the target molecule.

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INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

  • Freezing Down Time In Bioprocessing
    Freezing Down Time In Bioprocessing

    Can high density cryopreservation allow biopharma manufacturers to buy back time? The answer is “yes” – and specialized media (both catalogue and customized) for perfusion processes are being designed for this purpose.

  • Determining The Right Type Of Biomanufacturing Capacity
    Determining The Right Type Of Biomanufacturing Capacity

    In selecting a biomanufacturing platform, it's necessary to properly understand what the industry needs are and what aspects of the drug development and clinical pathway you intend to support with your new manufacturing capacity. Having a rigorous selection and assessment criteria will ensure you make the right decision.

  • Comprehensive Solutions For Aggregate Issues
    Comprehensive Solutions For Aggregate Issues

    Aggregate molecules are mostly physically and chemically similar to monomers, their presence in the final purified product, especially a therapeutic mAb, is undesirable due to multiple reasons. 

  • Different Environments Where Bacterial Endotoxins Can Be Found
    Different Environments Where Bacterial Endotoxins Can Be Found

    They are many environments that may be contaminated with bacterial endotoxins or lipopolysaccharides as they are also known, since Gram-negative bacteria are characterized by their great level of ubiquity.

  • Clinical Supply Chain Transformation Through Innovation
    Clinical Supply Chain Transformation Through Innovation

    Even with forecasting and building out a sizeable buffer inventory, clinical sites may still not always have the appropriate kits on hand to dispense to patients. Why?

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LIFE SCIENCE INDUSTRY EVENTS

4th Annual Data Integrity Validation August 15 - 16, 2018
Cambridge, MA
Partnering with IDNs August 15, 2018
Philadelphia, PA
How to Write SOPs That are GCP Compliant and Implementable August 16 - 16, 2018
1pm-2:30pm EDT, Online Training
4th Annual 340B Manufacturer Summit August 21 - 22, 2018
Arlington, VA
Bio/Pharma Forum on the State of Medicare Reform August 21, 2018
Arlington, VA
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