Special Reports

Delivering on the Promise of Bispecifics: State-of-the-Art Bispecific Antibody Development

Bispecific antibodies (bsAbs) have transformed the field of immunotherapy. However, moving these life-changing therapeutics from the bench to the clinic can be time-consuming and costly. Further, challenges such as aggregation, degradation, fragmentation, and denaturation may ultimately hinder a program from advancing to the clinic. Partnering with a CDMO with relevant experience and technologies can be critical for safely and cost-effectively manufacturing bispecific antibodies. With Selexis’s cell line technology and KBI Biopharma’s manufacturing and analytics, we lead the industry in technologies…

Increasing Dynamic Binding Capacity of Oligo(dT) for mRNA Purification: Experimental Results Using CIM 96-Well Plates

Messenger RNA (mRNA) emerged as a powerful therapeutic tool for treatments in gene therapy, oncology, and infectious diseases, as recently demonstrated by vaccines against Covid-19. mRNA is produced by an enzymatic reaction that can be rapidly designed and scaled-up, and the platform is highly adaptable to different targets. One of the greatest challenges in mRNA production is the removal of process-related impurities stemming from in vitro transcription (IVT) reaction, such as residual nucleotide triphosphates, DNA template, enzymes, abortive transcripts. Affinity-based…

Sustaining Project Management Business Continuity and Partnerships Throughout COVID-19

The Avid project management office employed unique technology and communication techniques to maintain business continuity and material supply to our partners and the patients they serve throughout each COVID surges. The presentation will take a deep dive into the challenges and solutions encountered for each functional area in the biologics development and production process during the early COVID pandemic and later surges. Ultimately, discussing the lessons learned to maintain both internal and partner engagement during challenging times. Fill out the…

Cold Chain Excellence: Getting Control Over Freezing of Biologics

HOW CONTROLLED FREEZING ENABLES SCALABILITY: Controlling the freezing behavior of drug substance is the ultimate goal in pharmaceutical manufacturing. It opens doors to process reproducibility, consistent quality of the final drug product by maintaining uniform conditions for the biopharmaceuticals during freezing and consequently for frozen storage and shipment. As one of the most essential parameters to achieve control over freezing & thawing bulk, the freezing rate has been considered and evaluated in different tests. The leverage of the ice front…

The Impact of Protein Stability on Virus Filtration

Filtration of protein-based biologics is essential for minimizing viral contamination and ensuring product safety and high quality. The tendency of therapeutic monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) and recombinant proteins to aggregate under a number of conditions can complicate selection of a virus filter. An increasing demand for high concentration formulations creates additional challenges. When performing filterability studies and to ensure meaningful virus filter evaluations, downstream process scientists must address factors that can lead to aggregation. This special report on virus filtration by…

Increasing the Integrity of Closed Systems: Advantages Offered by Single-Use Connectors

Due to the complexity of biologic development and manufacturing and the business pressures of the biopharmaceutical industry’s landscape, the margin for error in today’s industry is small. That is why minimizing the threat of contamination is critical when using a closed system for drug development and manufacturing. Yet the traditional method of connecting each step in a closed process can present other risks to the integrity of your product. Therefore, it is important for you to be confident in selecting…

Bench to Bedside: Why Successful Drug Development Requires a Team Approach

The process from drug development to market approval takes many years and requires both integration and orchestration of several activities based on deep scientific and commercial expertise. We tend to think of drug development as a sequential, phase-driven process during which a product is taken methodically from discovery through preclinical studies, clinical development, and ultimately commercial launch. In reality, development of new drugs is not linear; rather, it requires integrated coordination between collaborators from different functions and stakeholders — from…

Facilitating Workforce Development: A case study on improving single-use training through vendor and end-user collaboration

Discover how Pall Corporation and Lonza collaborated to improve single-use technology training for operators using a blended approach to learning. This article presents: The importance of SUT training for operators. Why a blended approach ensures that operators get the training they need in the format that best suits their learning style. How collaboration between suppliers and biomanufacturers can shorten training program development timelines and increase the quality of training tools. How Pall and Lonza developed a digital training approach together.…

AAV Downstream Process and Product Characterization: Integrating Advanced Purification and Analytical Tools into the Workflow

The optimization of the downstream process for Adeno-associated virus (AAV) production with consistent quality depends on the ability to characterize critical quality attributes affecting potency, purity and safety of the final product. As the gene therapy field continues to push products through the clinical pipeline, an increasing need for efficient purification and analytical tools has become evident. In addition, the regulatory space has expanded in parallel to the use of AAV, driving the demand for simple and efficient assays to…

Chromatography in mRNA Production Workflow

Rapid response to global pandemics requires the manufacture of billions of vaccine doses within months. This short timeline must allow for design and testing of active ingredients, development of production and purification processes, clinical evaluations, regulatory filings, and manufacturing. Existing purification methods often have been adopted from laboratory-scale techniques to allow rapid implementation, and those have provided adequate product quality. But future mRNA development will require optimized production and purification processes. Chromatography has been a workhorse of biomanufacturing for decades,…