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  • Waldorf Departure Drama For DCAT?
    Waldorf Departure Drama For DCAT?

    I didn’t quite buy into the DCAT announcement regarding its departure from the Waldorf Astoria, the long-time central location for DCAT Week in New York City each spring. Call me cynical—a degree in public relations can do that – but I just couldn’t believe “checking out” of the Waldorf would be as easy as it sounded. I took this cynicism directly to Margaret Timony, Executive Director of the Drug, Chemical & Associated Technologies Association.

FLAG These Biopharma Outsourcing Beliefs

A few weeks away from Outsourced Pharma San Diego, we’re already into provocative discussion on outsourcing of drug development and manufacturing. Everything from the role of finance managers in CMOs; pharmacists in biopharma; Car-T and personalized medicine in development; the FDA in foreign lands; and project managers in situ. Frank Sorgi, Ph.D., President and CEO of FLAG Therapeutics, Inc., leads the charge.

Grunenthal’s Technology Model For The 21st Century

We’re entering our era of technology. It’s transferring preeminence from science to tech innovation. New players will enter; traditional biopharma will retool. Tech implementation of all hues will coalesce in the outsourcing model. Grünenthal of Aachen, Germany, is a leader in this new paradigm. Alexander Kraus, VP Product Development, Technical and Government Affairs, Grünenthal USA, Inc., explains how and why.

Debate On Project Management In Biopharma Gets Heated

Forget presidential elections. We’ve got the debate we were looking for. The one on the professionalism of project management in the biopharma industry. It includes a reader’s comments that start with: “I call BS on this article.” The prosecuting paragraphs are copied below for careful dissecting. Vitriol can be valuable.

Biomanufacturing As Seen From A North Carolina Campus

Gary Gilleskie graduated with a Ph.D. in chemical engineering, went to work at a CMO, and became senior director for downstream manufacturing and process development. Now he’s back on campus to ensure part of his history isn't repeated: obtaining that first job in biomanufacturing without a solid background in the industry.

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GUEST CONTRIBUTORS

  • Data Integrity: Surveying The Current Regulatory Landscape

    This review of recent regulatory actions related to data integrity first explores data integrity deficiencies cited in FDA warning letters issued between FY2013 and FY2015. Then, it moves to a review of the recently published FDA draft guidance on data integrity. Finally, it addresses the finalized version of the WHO guidance on the topic.

  • Can You Support Quality Metrics With Lobotomized Data?

    Life science companies are obsessed with collecting dumb data. We assemble it, retain it, and hoard it to support regulatory and legal requirements.

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PHARMA ONLINE WHITE PAPERS

  • Successfully Manage The Unique Demands Of Cell Therapy Supply Chains

    Cell therapy professionals joined a specialist webinar by industry experts from PCI Clinical Services and TrakCel, addressing the unique complexity of an autologous therapy supply chain. Hosted by European Pharmaceutical Manufacturer magazine, the webinar was delivered by Rachel Griffiths, Associate Director, Technical Services, PCI Clinincal Services, and Dr. Matthew Lakelin, Vice President, Scientific Affairs and Business Development, TrakCel . Here, we present the white paper from that webinar event.

  • Using A Risk-Based Approach To Plan Your Solid Oral Dosage Scale-Up

    Using a risk-based approach for planning the timeline and strategy for your drug’s development and scale-up can help you avoid very costly delays. Yet, in the race to bring a drug to market, assessing risk can often be overlooked. Each case is going to be different; however, by creating a comprehensive plan for risk management (applying ICH Q9 as a basis), you can lower the overall level of risk from beginning to end. This not only puts you in the best possible position to avoid questions from the FDA at the time of submission but it also results in a more efficient development process and a higher-quality product.  

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INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

  • Six Myths About Serialization
    Six Myths About Serialization

    The global countdown to serialization compliance is well underway. Early adopters, such as Turkey and Argentina, required serialization as early as 2010, and were followed by others such as India, China and Korea.  Over the next three years, many other major markets will require adherence to their own serialization requirements, including the United States and the European Union. Expect that by 2018, serialization mandates will govern most of world’s drug supply. Biopharmaceutical companies that don’t comply will find it impossible to market their drugs in countries that have instituted serialization regulations.

  • Establishing Best Practice Qualification Metrics For Smart Shipping Containers
    Establishing Best Practice Qualification Metrics For Smart Shipping Containers

    Wernher von Braun, the father of modern rocketry famously stated, “one test is worth a thousand expert opinions.” The FDA has put their own regulatory spin on this axiom: “if you didn’t document it; it didn’t happen.” This extends beyond the drug therapies themselves to the packaging and logistics practices that are used to distribute them; what the FDA refers to as the “holding” of a drug.

  • How Big Data Is Transforming Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
    How Big Data Is Transforming Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

    Pharmaceutical manufacturers now have the ability to analyze massive amounts of quality, environmental, and IoT-generated factory data, which enables them to build end-to-end process controls — resulting in higher-quality products, more predictability, more efficient manufacturing, and faster time to market.

  • Paving The Road To Compliance: Serialization Standardization Through Open-SCS
    Paving The Road To Compliance: Serialization Standardization Through Open-SCS

    As companies around the world implement the necessary changes to become compliant, it will add an increased level of cost, risk, and especially complexity to today’s operations. Specifically, part of these mandates requires that production floor and warehouse equipment are able to exchange information with a customers’ business system throughout the drug’s packaging lifecycle.

  • 4 Questions To Guide Your Laboratory Centrifuge Selection
    4 Questions To Guide Your Laboratory Centrifuge Selection

    A centrifuge is an integral component of a laboratory that is critical to the success of an analysis. They come in a variety of sizes, from mini-centrifuges that hold only a few small tubes and spin a few thousand RPM to high capacity centrifuges that hold up to 6 liters of samples to ultracentrifuges that spin upwards of 100,000 RPM. Multiple options in size as well as other areas can make choosing the right centrifuge for your application an overwhelming task.

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PHARMA INDUSTRY EVENTS

EFMC-ISMC 2016 - XXIV EFMC International Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry August 28, 2016 - September 1, 2016
Manchester
76th FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences 2016 August 28, 2016 - September 1, 2016
Buenos Aires
John Benson August 29 - 31, 2016
Atlanta, GA
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Effective Clinical Investigator GCP Training - Getting It Right The First Time August 30, 2016
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