BIO From The Editor and Guest Columns

  1. Cleanroom Microbiology 101: Identifying & Controlling Sources Of Contamination
    5/26/2017

    Microbial control is critical in cleanroom environments. Contaminated environments can lead to product recalls, regulatory observations, fines, or even consumer deaths. In order to properly prevent, destroy, and monitor microbial contamination in cleanrooms, several aspects of cleanroom microbiology must be understood. This foundational introduction to cleanroom microbiology discusses some of those aspects.

  2. An ADE-Derived Scale For Assessing Product Cross-Contamination Risk In Shared Facilities
    5/22/2017

    Beginning in 2004, a global team of pharmaceutical toxicologists, industrial hygienists, quality assurance professionals, a cleaning validation professional, and a representative from the US FDA participated in the development of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering's (ISPE) Risk-Based Manufacturing of Pharmaceutical Products (Risk-MaPP) Baseline Guide.

  3. Beyond The FDA Guidance: Practical Considerations For Quality Agreements
    5/19/2017

    Much has been written in recent months about the FDA’s final guidance for industry, Contract Manufacturing Arrangement for Drugs:  Quality Agreements, issued in November 2016.  Recently, a thorough assessment of the guidance requirements and gaps was published on this website. (See FDA's New Quality Agreement Guidance — What It Says (And What It Fails To Say) and Examining FDA's New Quality Agreement Guidance.)

  4. A Glimpse Into Thailand’s Ongoing Life Sciences Transformation
    5/18/2017

    During my visit to Thailand, I was privy, not only to the particularly innovative research goals being pursued, but also to a number of challenges the country has recognized and hopes to address within the next few years to encourage a stronger, more diverse industry.

  5. Building A Productive Relationship With FDA: Beyond The Science
    5/17/2017

    Whether your relationship with the FDA starts with pre-IND feedback or simply with an IND submission itself, these early interactions will likely form the basis for a long (and hopefully happy) marriage.  After all, this liaison could very well last beyond submission and initial approval of a marketing application to include additional trials relevant to the drug’s development and labeling.  As there is no manual available for building an effective and collegial relationship with the FDA, this article offers helpful tips to assist sponsors in establishing and maintaining this critical union.

  6. What Thailand Revealed About U.S. Pharma R&D
    5/16/2017

    A few weeks ago, I was invited by the Thailand Board of Investment to attend a media trip to learn about the country’s budding life sciences industry. Entering Thailand, a country in which the government is pushing more investment and education in the sciences, was even more striking and meaningful to me given the current scientific climate in the U.S.

  7. What Would Steve Jobs Tell The Pharma/Biotech Industry?
    5/15/2017

    Whether you’re a fan of Steve Jobs and his products or not, two things are undeniable: He was very successful and very different. Now you can relax; this short article will not provide a blow-by-blow account of the man and his methods. “What would Steve Jobs tell the pharma/biotech industry?” is just a metaphor to encourage our industry to radically change — not by reinventing the wheel, but by copying the success of others.

  8. What To Know About Thailand’s Life Sciences Industry
    5/12/2017

    About a month ago, I was offered a tremendous opportunity: to attend a media trip to Thailand to learn about the country’s burgeoning life sciences industry. Like many people in the life sciences industry, I had no idea just how much has been going on within the country in terms of life sciences.

  9. Engaging A Life Science Consultant: Common Pitfalls & Best Practices
    5/12/2017

    This article summarizes insights gleaned from interviews with multiple consultants, each of whom has at least 25 years’ experience in the life sciences space — and from conversations with the life science companies who hire such consultants to ensure that their systems meet the product quality attribute/specification requirements mandated by their respective regulators.

  10. 9 Steps To Train Your Personnel To Think Beyond The SOP
    5/10/2017

    We need to teach people how to think again. Then, we need to encourage them to think on a day-to-day basis so that they’re comfortable with it when a problem arises that requires out-of-the-box, beyond-the-SOP thinking.