Contributing Editors

  1. Developing Mobile Continuous Process Technology: A Collaborative Innovation Case Study

    In Part 1 of this two-part article, we explored the role of open collaboration in the future pharmaceutical manufacturing innovation. Part 2 provides a specific example of how such collaboration is already taking place, through a unique industry-academic partnership.

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

    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

    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. Building A Productive Relationship With FDA: Beyond The Science

    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.

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

    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.

  6. Engaging A Life Science Consultant: Common Pitfalls & Best Practices

    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.

  7. 9 Steps To Train Your Personnel To Think Beyond The SOP

    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. 

  8. An Introduction To qFMEA – A Tool For QMS Risk Management

    Probably the most significant concern for anyone responsible for implementing, deploying, and maintaining a quality management system is the integration of risk-based thinking. This article is an expansion on the idea presented by John Vanhouwe, QA manager at IAC Group, in his article Risk Based Thinking: Making Use of a New FMEA Tool Called O-FMEA.

  9. What Can We Learn From 2016 FDA & MHRA Drug GMP Inspection Observations?

    This article presents the most recent GMP inspection data from CDER and MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency).  The CDER data and the MHRA data come from GMP inspections conducted in 2016.

  10. Is Open Collaboration The New Paradigm In Pharma Manufacturing Innovation?

    How can we reduce these risks and increase the success in adopting new technologies and better supply chains? Part of the answer is better collaboration between industry, academia, and government.