As pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies intensify product development in biologics, they are tasked with meeting the challenges of biologic-based drug development and manufacturing. Unlike traditional small-molecule drugs, stability studies for biopharmaceuticals can be one of the most critical and challenging aspects of large-molecule drug development. The size and complexity of most proteins provide fertile ground for intramolecular changes and multiple routes of degradation, and to assess their effects, each must be correlated to the bioactivity of the drug. Pharmaceutical Technology will examine biopharmaceutical stability studies in more depth by gaining input from leading industry experts, in a live webcast, “New Strategies for Biopharmaceutical Stability Testing,” on Thursday May 9th from 2:00 to 3:00 PM EST. Read more »
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Quality by Design (QbD) is changing drug development and manufacturing. The science- and risk-based approach inherent in a QbD paradigm increases process understanding and leads to better drug development and manufacturing. Sharing lessons learned and strategies for applying QbD in solid dosage development and manufacturing is valuable. Pharmaceutical Technology will address this topic in a webcast, “A Pragmatic Application of QbD: Turning Theory into Tangible Success” this Thursday May 2 from 11:00 to 12:00 PM EST.
Two industry experts will share their experience with QbD and offer insight into how the practical application of QbD contributed to the success of their projects. Through several case studies, these experts will provide lessons learned and advice on the measures they took that enabled the success of their projects; steps that can be universally applied to other projects.
Don Barbieri, associate director of formulation and process development at Patheon, will present case studies demonstrating different aspects of the QbD approach, including identifying CQAs (critical quality attributes) and CPPs (critical process parameters) as well as how to perform risk assessment, incorporate risk mitigation into a process, and how to develop a design of experiments (DoE).
David Smith, pharmaceutical specialist, formulation and process development at Patheon, will present a case study where the pragmatic application of QbD enabled a successful technology transfer of a film-coated tablet from Phase III to commercial scale.
Further information, including how to register for the complimentary webcast, may be found here.
As I visited the exhibits and attended the conference sessions at INTERPHEX 2013 last week, I noticed a focus on equipment flexibility and ease-of-cleaning and changeover that enables manufacturing efficiency. Read more »
Pharmaceutical manufacturing is evolving as the industry adopts the science- and risk-based approach inherent in FDA’s quality-by-design (QbD) initiative. QbD has raised the bar in augmenting process understanding to ensure consistent product quality, and equipment manufacturers, ingredient suppliers, and manufacturers are responding with innovation in their products and services.
Shows such as INTERPHEX 2013 enable attendees to come together to share scientific innovation and discuss the trends and topics affecting the industry. One such topic is the QbD initiative and its impact on the pharmaceutical industry. Pharmaceutical Technology is hosting a panel discussion on implementing QbD during the INTERPHEX sessions, taking place Wednesday, April 24, at 10:15 am. Manufacturing Editor Jennifer Markarian will be moderating a special panel featuring Dr. John Lepore, senior director of Chemical Process Development and Commercialization for Global Pharmaceutical Commercialization at Merck and Co.; Chris Moreton, vice-president pharmaceutical sciences at FinnBrit Consulting; and Jonathon Thompson, technical sales consulting supervisor at Invensys. The panel will share their insight and practical experience in implementing QbD, including strategies for defining a design space, adaption of manufacturing processes, the feasibility for real-time release testing, and the keys to continuous process verification. The panel will also discuss the benefits and challenges of QbD implementation.
Pharmaceutical Technology will be moderating a panel discussion, “Lessons Learned: Successes and Challenges in Implementing Quality by Design,” on Wednesday Apr. 24 from 10:15 to 11:15 at INTERPHEX in New York City. You can listen to a podcast about the panel discussion that is posted on PharmTech’s homepage.
Dr. John Lepore, senior director of Chemical Process Development and Commercialization for Global Pharmaceutical Commercialization at Merck and Co., will provide expertise on application of design space and control strategies for API manufacturing. Dr. Chris Moreton, FinnBrit Consulting, will share his expertise in how to incorporate excipients into the design space. Jonathon Thompson, senior manager of Compliance Services Consulting at Invensys Operations Management will use his experience to discuss challenges in adapting the manufacturing process from a control perspective. Together, the panel will consider the benefits of adapting QbD and the challenges yet to be addressed. I hope to see you there.
As more companies try to ensure that their validation activities are compliant and cost-effective, it has become increasingly important for quality professionals and validation technicians to manage costs and reduce downtime by accurately evaluating their validation equipment needs. This is particularly the case in validation/mapping studies. Pharmaceutical Technology will hold a live webcast, “Optimizing Validation/Mapping Studies for GMP Compliance,” on Wednesday April 10th at 11:00 AM EST to address this issue. Read more »
In recent years, large pharmaceutical companies have launched a variety of initiatives to restock ailing pipelines and boost business performance including mergers and acquisitions, diversifying business portfolios to non-pharmaceutical products, downsizing, spinoffs, and entering the biopharmaceutical arena.
Whatever the approach, pharmaceutical companies want balanced portfolios with programs at various stages and risk profiles, says Melinda Richter, founder and CEO of San Francisco-based Prescience International in a BioPharm International podcast.
To date, most Big Pharma companies have partnered or acquired assets of biopharmaceutical companies with products in late-stage development, says Richter. However, as the availability of late-stage development opportunities shrink and the landscape becomes more competitive, Big Pharma is turning to more early-stage partnerships with academia and early-stage companies.
It is attractive to for the pharmas to go after early-stage companies because “by nature, they are smaller, they are nimbler, and they are willing to take the risks that the large pharmas just can’t. These small companies have to swing for the fences and they have to win. Pharmas have a lot to protect. They have to be more conservative,“ says Richter.
More scalable innovation opportunities are another part of the story, says Richter.
For example, last year, Merck announced a $90 million, seven-year commitment for the California Institute for Biomedical Research (Calibr), an independent, not-for-profit organization established to accelerate the translation of basic biomedical research to innovative new medicines.
However, for hands-on research, startup companies need laboratory and office space, as well as specialized equipment. Janssen Labs, located on the West Coast Research Center of Janssen Research & Development in La Jolla, Calif., offers short-term leases on wet laboratory and office space. Tenants also have access to core research facilities and instruments.
The facility, operated by Prescience International, has a “no strings attached” policy. Janssen R&D does not take an equity stake or first right of refusal in the work of tenants, protecting the entrepreneurial rights of startup companies that choose independence.
Janssen Labs and Calibr are two options offered by Big Pharma that will be explored in the session “And Now for Something Completely Different: How Will Pharma Access External Early-Stage Innovation?” at the 2013 BIO International convention on April 23, 2013.
Stem cells are being developed to treat a diverse set of conditions, including spinal cord injury, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, macular degeneration, Parkinsons disease, and Type I diabetes. But the challenges in moving from the laboratory to the clinic are formidable. The California-based biotech company, Geron, pioneered clinical trials using embryonic stem cells, with a Phase I trial using oligodendrocyte precursors derived from embryonic stem cells to treat spinal cord injury approved in 2009. In November 2011, however, Geron announced it would be discontinuing all of its stem-cell development work, citing cost and regulatory complexity as factors in that decision.
At the BIO International Convention, a panel will convene to discuss the current landscape for developing stem cell therapies in a breakout session titled Opportunities and Challenges in Developing Innovative Stem Cell Therapies. BioPharm International spoke with one of the session’s presenters, Dr. Armand Keating, Epstein Chair in Cell Therapy and Transplantation, University of Toronto about the challenges facing developers. According to Keating, funding remains the biggest challenge in moving from laboratory to clinic. He points out that unlike small-molecule development, stem-cell development is still very much rooted in academia. The traditional sources of funding available to academics are ill-suited or inadequate to fund preclinical validation studies, manufacturing scale-up studies, or the clinical trials themselves. While an organization such as the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine is able to provide some funding for early-stage clinical trials, later-stage trials will be far too expensive to be carried out at academic research centers, he says.
Clarification of statement in podcast: There have been approximately one million bone marrow transplants performed worldwide since 1959.
Representatives from Merck, Pfizer, and Novartis shared their recent efforts in applying quality-by-design (QbD) concepts to analytical methods, and Todd Cecil from USP explained the related new draft USP chapter in a symposium at Pittcon on Monday, March 18, 2013. The session, “Understanding Analytical Method Variance and the Impact for QbD Filing for Pharmaceutical Products,” was sponsored by the American Chemical Society’s Division of Analytical Chemistry (ACS ANYL) and the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientist’s Analysis and Pharmaceutical Quality Section (AAPS APQ). Read more »
Biopharmaceutical production is an often discussed application for single-use technologies, but single-use technologies also have application for small-scale finished drug-product manufacturing for producing clinical-trial materials. An educational webcast by Pharmaceutical Technology, “Accelerate Sterile and Non-Sterile Clinical Trial Manufacturing with Single-Use Technologies,” on Wednesday Mar. 6th examines this application. Read more »