Contributing Editors

  1. Why Data Integrity Is Impossible Without A Quality Culture
    2/19/2019

    Quite a bit has been written about data integrity in recent years, and an embedded, effective quality culture remains a critical success factor for fully realizing strong data integrity. In recently published guidance on data integrity, the FDA goes so far as to state very directly that “it is the role of management with executive responsibility to create a quality culture where employees understand that data integrity is an organizational core value and employees are encouraged to identify and promptly report data integrity issues.”

  2. Reimagining Quality Operations In The Life Sciences
    2/13/2019

    This is the third of three articles focusing on an effort to address what appear to be systemic issues across quality departments, informed by a multinational group comprising chief quality officers (CQOs) from pharma, device, animal health, and consumer goods companies. It will examine how to achieve cross-functional ownership of quality and the efforts of the CQO team to build quality for the 21st century, including exploring the creation of formal degree programs in quality.

  3. How Technology Will Reshape The Future Of Aseptic Processing
    2/11/2019

    Using new and existing technologies to improve aseptic processing manufacturing may provide the need and opportunity for new approaches to process control and monitoring. In some cases, improvements to these approaches will require the use of existing technology. In other cases, they will be required to support the implementation and use of new technology.

  4. How To Write An Effective Validation Master Plan
    2/6/2019

    A validation master plan (VMP) outlines the principles involved in the qualification of a facility, defining the areas and systems to be validated, and provides a written program for achieving and maintaining a qualified facility. Master plans are written to assist an organization with validation strategies or to provide control over a specific process.

  5. The Top 3 Forms Of Operational Overcomplexity In Pharma Manufacturing — And How To Simplify Them
    2/4/2019

    We like simplicity. Yet in pharmaceutical operations we have become very good at making things more complex than they need to be.  This article illustrates a few areas where companies tend to make matters worse and highlights areas where both industry and regulatory agency leaders should push back and focus on simplification.

  6. An Analysis Of FDA FY2018 Drug GMP Warning Letters
    2/1/2019

    This article presents a detailed summary of the drug GMP warning letters issued in FY2018, as well as a comparison of trends since fiscal year 2013. A comprehensive GMP intelligence program includes evaluation of health authority enforcement actions, including FDA Forms 483, warning letters, seizures, recalls, and consent decree agreements. This allows manufacturers and sponsors to identify new trends in the focus of FDA inspectors and to act to address or justify similar situations at their own firms.

  7. 6 Ways AI Is Transforming The Life Sciences (Already)
    1/31/2019

    Most in the life sciences agree that artificial intelligence (AI) will reshape the sector from R&D through commercial. Although AI has only just left the starting gate and most activity is in exploratory phases, some benefits are starting to emerge. And there are pockets of early adopters trailblazing new approaches and seeking a competitive edge to accelerate products to market, improve patient outcomes and care, and drive cost efficiencies.

  8. Champions Against Nonsense: A Better Way To Talk (And Think) About Quality
    1/30/2019

    This is the second of three articles focusing on an effort to address what appear to be systemic issues across quality departments. This article addresses how to reframe the way we view and discuss quality, how to better engage stakeholders, and an alternate view of how quality can add value to the company.

  9. How Healthy Is The Biopharma Pipeline Heading Into 2019?
    1/28/2019

    This article analyzes key indicators of pipeline strength over the past three years, including R&D spend, new chemical entity approvals, and Phase 2 and Phase 3 development. 

  10. Reimagining Aseptic Processing: What Must Change?
    1/21/2019

    This is the second in a three-part series exploring the need to achieve improvement in aseptic processing of sterile biopharma products. Part 1 presented the current state and opportunity for improvement using innovative technology. Part 2 discusses changes in strategy that might be needed as a result of technology implementations.