Saturday, September 1, 2012 Daily Archives

Cell Culture and Upstream Processing

    Cell culture processes are a vital part of manufacturing, yet the bioprocessing industry still needs optimized process development approaches. Increasing interest in chemically defined media, perfusion cell processes, and high-throughput approaches are driving the need for better understanding of cell culture characterization and process development for current and next-generation protein therapeutics.     Process Development   Optimizing the business process of cell line development involves creating competitive advantages with increased efficiency and reduced risk. “Intelligent business practices that…

Creating a Corporate Compliance Program

    Regulatory compliance is an evolving concept that must be flexible enough to adapt to both a company’s unique business climate and to changing regulatory circumstances. Although standard operating procedures (SOPs) are a compliance tool and can and should be strongly recommended, they cannot become the end of a process. Compliance is not a set of standards or procedures that sit on a shelf until something goes wrong. Instead, compliance requires thought in creating a code of conduct and…

Product Life-Cycle Planning

    Quality by design (QbD) has changed the biopharmaceutical industry’s approach to chemistry, manufacturing, and controls at its core. And that’s changing how companies plan for and execute the life cycle of their products. New candidates entering development especially benefit from strategies implemented from the start. The 2012 BioProcess International Conference and Exhibition devotes a track on Tuesday and Wednesday (9–10 October 2012) to examining those strategies in the dawning age of biosimilars: from regulatory approaches and analytical innovation…

The Votes Are In!

On 15 August 2012 BioProcess International announced the 36 finalists for the 2012 BioProcess International Awards — Honoring a Decade of BioProcess. Finalists were determined through an independent judging process, and the results were tabulated and certified by Deloitte & Touche, LLC. To view the names of the finalists and descriptions of their industry contributions, please visit http://awards.bioprocessintl.com/finalists — or read the special 20-page award finalist insert in BioProcess International’s September supplement, The Official Pre-Event Planner of the BPI Conference…

Enhancing Manufacturing and Development Efficiency

    Boosting manufacturing efficiency remains a key focus area as bioprocessing companies continue to leverage best-practice strategies for their operations. Multiproduct facilities especially are having to shift resources and maximize flexibility within narrow cost windows. Such flexibility may require reevaluation of facility layouts and design, implementation of new technologies including single-use systems, and renewed approaches toward technology transfer, operations schemes, and raw-material supply chain challenges.   Manufacturing Optimization   Manufacturers are increasingly seeking ways to increase process and personnel…

From the Editor

    Another successful BioProcess Theater at the Biotechnology Industry Organization’s annual BIO Conference and Exposition (Boston, MA) led BPI into the summer on a high note. In fact, a number of our presentations this past June attracted standing-room–only audiences in the exhibit hall’s BioProcess Zone, with steady attendance throughout the three days of the event. The BioProcess Theater creates a forum for discussion of technologies and applications for both exhibit-hall–only attendees and full-conference registrants. Presenters enjoy long conversations afterward…

From the Organizers

    Welcome to the industry meeting place for exchanging real-world solutions for improving speed to market, cost, and quality. This week in Providence, RI, you will have an opportunity to explore challenges, uncover solutions, and develop opportunities at the largest and most highly respected event that is solely dedicated to biopharmaceutical manufacturing. This year, the conference features more than 55 presentations with new, previously unpublished data — and many more to choose from, including Updates from the US Food…

Poster Presentations

  Enhancing Manufacturing Development Efficiency   Svetlana Dukleska (Merck) Early Research Stability Studies Can Aid in Rapid Screening of Potential Drug Candidates In a competitive research and development (R&D) space with tight time lines, it is important to have a toolbox of extended characterization and analytical assays for rapid screening of potential candidates. Additionally, early research stability studies can provide initial information on potential degradation pathways for screening candidates, for purification development, and for establishing stable formulations. Herein, we show…