White Papers

  1. Streamlining Change Control In Today’s Complex Life Sciences Organizations
    1/11/2017

    Change control is collaborative, iterative and labor-intensive. For any specific change event, multiple users are required to follow a prescribed set of tasks and processes, which need to be carried out in a defined sequence and are subject to multiple stages of review and approval. It’s very easy to lose track of where you are in the process, what actions need to be completed next, who owns them, and when they are due. Yet the consequences of such lapses can be very costly. This paper examines why it is absolutely vital for organizations to take a comprehensive, closed-loop approach to automating change management, spanning all areas of the organization and extending throughout the product lifecycle.

  2. How Hollister Selected An Automated Solution For Tracking Product Registration And CAPA Management
    1/11/2017

    In 2008 Hollister did a thorough evaluation of available solutions to automate some key internal business processes including the tracking of product registrations and the management of CAPAs. Since Hollister has to track registrations for its products in many different countries, the Regulatory Affairs department needed an automated solution to track when a registration was coming due so they could submit a new packet to renew a registration. Additionally Hollister needed to upgrade its existing Corrective Actions and Preventative Actions (CAPA) management system that was built on a Lotus Notes platform that was going to be retired.

  3. For Regulatory Retention Compliance In Life Science Industries And Clinical Trial Research
    1/11/2017

    “Digital born data” is found everywhere in regulated Good Practice environments for laboratory (GLP), clinical (GCP), and manufacturing (GMP) purposes, e.g., (GXP). Paper documents are also scanned into digital format (PDF) for storage and retention. This document explains the fallacy of thinking that system backup tapes suffice for electronic archive purposes. It then describes the characteristics of electronic archives and discusses the history and concepts supporting today’s practical experience with digital preservation for long term retention compliance in organizations subject to US FDA, EU EMEA, and other global authorities.

  4. 5 Reasons External Collaborations Fail In Drug Discovery
    1/11/2017

    In an effort to accelerate innovation, streamline the R&D process, satisfy healthcare expectations and improve the rate of return, pharmaceutical companies have come to embrace external collaborations and their outsourcing partners as an essential part of their discovery programs. This trend towards externalization is significant with roughly 90% of companies outsourcing some steps of drug discovery, and with half of all drugs now resulting from such partnerships. This white paper, discusses the different types of external collaborations research organizations engage in, the reasons that many of these partnerships fail to meet expectations, and an informatics solutions to overcome these issues.

  5. Four Steps For Reducing The Risks Of Temperature Excursion
    1/11/2017

    In clinical trials, the cold chain is far from a secondary concern. When it comes to temperature-sensitive products (tissue samples, cell banks, APIs), any temperature excursion can prove detrimental to the shipment, and ultimately to the trial. Supply chains are not always predictable or easy to control, and pharma companies need to take a proactive approach to risk management. Sue Lee, technical portfolio manager at World Courier, explains how companies can determine their risks and plan a shipment strategy accordingly.

  6. Maintaining Integrity Of The Supply Chain
    1/11/2017

    The cost associated with counterfeit drugs is staggering - both in human and commercial terms. In some cases, patients are deprived of treatment for diseases and conditions that range from mild to severe to life-threatening. In other cases, they are harmed by dangerous substances in the product, or become resistant to traditional therapeutic treatments or vaccines. In all cases, the public loses confidence in the companies that develop these drugs and in the very agencies that have been established to protect them.

  7. Gain Greater Flexibility In Pharma Packaging
    1/9/2017

    In numerous pharma compa­nies, the following problem is being posed: shrinking lot sizes are constantly worsening the ratio of packaging system set-up time to running time. By Dr. Ralph Blum, Mediseal GmbH, Schloss Holte

  8. How To Detect 87 Percent Smaller Wire Contaminants In Manufacturing
    1/5/2017

    Profile Advantage enhances metal detection performance by up to 50 percent in challenging product effect applications. This sensitivity improvement means significantly smaller pieces of metal contamination can be found.  

  9. Modern Risk Management In Global Pharmaceutical Logistics
    12/7/2016

    Everything pharmaceutical manufacturers want to know about risk in supply chain logistics but are afraid to ask. What are the rising trends impacting security of product in transport? When and where does risk mitigation become mission critical? And — perhaps the most burdensome — how can I be sure?

  10. Improved Diagnostics From Decentralized Solenoid Valves And I/O Systems
    11/14/2016

    Productivity is more reliable when equipment can be monitored to detect incipient failures and take corrective action before the plant goes down.