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  • 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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  • Verification Of Serialized Drug Product — 60 Million Reasons Why Manufacturers Need To Act Now
    Verification Of Serialized Drug Product — 60 Million Reasons Why Manufacturers Need To Act Now

    The Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) will soon deliver another big impact to both pharmaceutical manufacturers/marketing authorization holders (MAHs) and distributors, with requirements for serialized product verification to comply with the next phase of requirements coming into effect Nov. 27, 2019.

  • Patentable Subject Matter Barriers For Biosimilars — And How To Overcome Them
    Patentable Subject Matter Barriers For Biosimilars — And How To Overcome Them

    Patents are the most important requirement for successful biologic commercialization, yet stakeholders often have little understanding of the unique obstacles encountered in this field, especially for biosimilars. Biologics may treat less than 2 percent of the U.S. population, but they account for 38 percent  of all U.S. prescribed drug spending.

  • Writing Compliant IQ/OQ/PQ Protocols — Meeting FDA Expectations
    Writing Compliant IQ/OQ/PQ Protocols — Meeting FDA Expectations

    Writing effective IQ/OQ/PQ protocols is a must for following the regulations required by the FDA for equipment, systems, and utilities to demonstrate suitability for the intended use and to operate according to their design and functional specifications. In order to prove the requirements are met, qualification protocols have to be written and followed.

  • How FDA And MHRA Decide Which Drug Facilities To Inspect — And How Often

    The FDA recently revamped the methods it uses to determine which foreign and domestic drug manufacturing sites warrant inspection or other types of surveillance and at what frequency. The agency also introduced a multiyear resource planning process that will enable it to better use resources and plan frequencies of product sampling as well as inspections.

  • How Are Cell And Gene Therapies Changing Drug Development Models?

    A range of factors — including small patient populations, complex manufacturing processes, and lack of specialized expertise — are positioned to both drive up costs and require new options for stakeholder engagement and risk sharing along the development pathway. New approaches in development are needed to support the next generation of novel drugs on the horizon.

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BIOPROCESSING WHITE PAPERS

  • Insights And Tips When Addressing Bioburden Challenges

    This white paper addresses the challenges associated with the bioburden control process involved in making mAbs or other biologicals, as well as the single-use solutions and improved ways of working that manufacturers can use to avoid microbial contamination.

  • 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.

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LIFE SCIENCE INDUSTRY EVENTS

Cleanroom Microbiology – A Foundational Introduction July 24 - 24, 2018
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Writing Effective 483 and Warning Letter Responses August 2 - 2, 2018
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Communicating Beyond the Label: FDA’s Finalized Guidances & Updates August 8 - 8, 2018
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13th Annual Global Forum on Manufacturing Execution Systems August 13 - 14, 2018
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Writing Effective 483 and Warning Letter Responses August 2 - 2, 2018
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Communicating Beyond the Label: FDA’s Finalized Guidances & Updates August 8 - 8, 2018
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How to Write SOPs That are GCP Compliant and Implementable August 16 - 16, 2018
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