2011

Plant Engineering and Construction by M+W Group

A subsidiary of the M + W Group, M+W Process Industries GmbH is a leading global engineering and construction company offering complete process and facilities solutions from design to construction. M+W Process Industries has the experience and the know-how for design and execution of all types of biotechnology and pharmaceutical production systems. The portfolio includes research plants as well as industrial facilities, monoproduct and multiproduct plants, variable single-use systems, and large-volume stainless-steel production units. The needs and requirements of our…

Vivalis CMO Services

Since 2006, Vivalis has operated and maintained a GMP manufacturing facility for the production of monoclonal antibodies, recombinant proteins, and viral-based products. Founded in 1999, Vivalis has developed a series of innovative technologies to address the needs of biopharmaceutical development. These include novel cell substrates, such as our avian EB66® cell line, which has seen wide application in areas from vaccine manufacturing to monoclonal antibody development. Our CMO services not only include those for clients using the EB66® cell line,…

Althea Technologies, Inc.

          Althea is a contract developer and manufacturer of biopharmaceutical and injectable products, with fully integrated product development and cGMP manufacturing expertise to support client projects from preclinical development through commercial supply. Each project program at althea is tailored to the specific needs of your product, allowing you to leverage our entire integrated manufacturing approach, or just the parts you need. While realizing all of the tangible benefits of consolidating your development and manufacturing steps, you’ll…

Cryogenic Storage of Human Hematopoietic Progenitor Cells

Successful cryopreservation of hematopoietic progenitor cells (HPC) depends on a number of factors: biopreservation media, freezing rates, and storage using sterile, cryogenically durable storage bags. Cell-Freeze® cryogenic storage containers are 510(k) cleared for storage, preservation, and transfer of hematopoietic progenitor stem cells (HPCs). These bags are made from a unique polyolefin film that offers excellent durability while remaining flexible when stored at ultralow temperatures (−196°C). Their proprietary membrane port design offers thinner walls for increased flexibility, and an industry-standard label…

Intelligent Tools to Facilitate Bioprocess Development

Continously new bioprocesses are evolving, and bioprocessors are searching for the easiest way to process samples in R&D. Currently, a huge trend towards disposable production systems is notable. For these purposes plastic bags, stirred-tank reactors, and storage tanks established on the market. Unfortunately, these reactor types are not suitable to perform sophisticated bioprocess development. In bioprocess R&D, throughputs of 50 to 1,000 fermentations are needed. Therefore, m2p-labs developed intelligent new tools at microscale to fulfill the needs in bioprocess development.…

Scale Up on Efficiency in Biologics Contract Manufacturing

Wacker Biotech is a dedicated contract manufacturer of biopharmaceuticals with more than 20 years of experience in microbial systems. We offer proprietary technologies (ESETEC®, DENSETEC®) that significantly lower the cost of goods. Our customers benefit from a comprehensive service for the development of robust and highly efficient processes and GMP-compliant manufacturing for clinical trials and commercial supply. We opened recently a new process-development unit to optimize the entire process-development chain, from gene to purified protein. Asecond extension at the Jena…

China’s New Five-Year Plan

    In October 2010, the Communist Party of China’s Central Committee approved its 12th Five-Year Plan for National Economic and Social Development (FYP) (2011–2015), which it ratified on 14 March 2011. During those five years, China will continue to focus on government-guided economic development, industry, and technology. The FYP outlines the government’s commitment toward reforming its economy and increasing its domestic consumption to decrease its dependence on exports for future growth of its gross domestic product (GDP). Other initiatives…

France Biotech Presents Results of Its 2010 Life-Sciences Survey

    France Biotech (the French association of life-science companies) presented the results of its “Life Science Panorama 2010” survey at the BioVision world life-sciences forum in Lyons, France, on 29 March 2011. The survey describes major trends for 2009–2010 in the life-science industry, both in France and internationally. More than 263 companies responded to the survey this year, and 211 were included in the final analysis.   Main Trends in France   Results of the latest survey attest to…

India

    India is well known as a key destination for bioprocess outsourcing and a major supplier of active pharmaceutical ingredients and raw materials. The global pharmaceuticals manufacturing outsourcing industry is expected to reach US$100 billion by 2015 (1). India has the potential to capture 8–10% of this industry by 2015 and become one of the top 10 global markets by value (2). By comparison, India’s biotechnology industry (consisting of biopharmaceuticals as well as other sectors) has gained global attention…

Nomenclature of New Biosimilars Will Be Highly Controversial

Biopharmaceuticals, including products approved as biosimilars, must be clearly defined, identified, and named to ensure accuracy in writing and filling prescriptions (1,2,3,4). The US biosimilars law enacted last year enables the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to approve abbreviated biosimilar biologics license applications (bBLAs) or 351(k) filings based largely on their sponsors proving structural, composition, and clinical similarities with an approved biologic (reference product), much like generic drug approvals (5). The agency has yet to disclose how it will implement…