Virological Safety of Biopharmaceuticals

In an audiocast with managing editor Maribel Rios, Hazel Aranha (manager of viral clearance and safety at Catalent Pharma Solutions) discusses risk assessment and management strategies since her November 2005 article, “Virological Safety of Biopharmaceuticals.” Several factors have made risk an increasingly important issue, including the globalization of the industry and concerns over emerging viruses. Some strategies for addressing risk — such as the “as low as is reasonably practicable” (ALARP) approach and conducting a cost–benefit and decision analysis —…

Culture Media: Sourcing Animal-Free Raw Materials

For September’s Ask the Expert, we talked to Bill Whitford (senior manager of the bioprocess market for Thermo Fisher Scientific) about sourcing animal-free raw materials for cell culture media. This has become a requirement for many biopharmaceutical sponsors, but it is not without its issues. But what precisely is meant by animal is not always clear. Regulatory guidance is sparse on this issue. And a designation of animal-derived–component free (ADCF) often involves additional certification, testing, or auditing. Sponsors and material…

Reducing Tech-Transfer Risk

Process understanding is the key to mitigating risks associated with technology transfer. In 2007, Justin Neway provided strategies for combining on-demand data access, trending, reporting, and analytics to achieve that understanding throughout process development (pdf). With increasing adaptation of process analytical technology (PAT) and quality-by-design (QbD), process understanding strategies have shifted.

Cell Therapies Roundtable: Building the Pillars to Success

In order to deliver cell-based therapies on a commercial scale, cell therapy companies and suppliers must form partnerships in order to overcome existing manufacturing, regulatory, and analytical challenges. Four leading cell therapy experts discuss what is and what has to be done in order to accomplish this objective.