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Although data and knowledge are both stand-alone disciplines that need to be systematically managed, they also must have a connection. Understanding the relationship between data and knowledge management processes and how people are leveraging advances like Pharma 4.0™ combined with these processes enables quality data transition to knowledge that can help pharmaceutical companies. The authors...

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As the pharmaceutical industry continues to grow and evolve, a significant contributor to innovation and evolution is mergers and acquisitions (M&A). M&A can enable academic researchers and small companies to fund and commercialize innovative products. In addition, M&A can help larger organizations secure new and complementary technology and products. In the pharmaceutical...

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As the industry experiences significant changes to the way we do business, knowledge capture and sharing are more important now than ever before. The maturing digitalization of the biopharma industry’s business and processes is creating an increasingly data- and information-rich environment that requires more effective mechanisms for sharing data and information. The Knowledge Management team...

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Steam is the most powerful and effective thermal energy transfer fluid, and its use continues to grow in process industries around the world. However, there is very little written about the commissioning and qualification of pharmaceutical pure steam systems in GMP regulations or regulatory guidance. This article provides the background and science behind the steam quality tests and proposes a...

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Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to benefit the pharmaceutical industry and its GxP-regulated areas. Several pharmaceutical companies are currently running digital pilots; 90% of large pharmaceutical companies have initiated AI projects.1

  • 1Trinity Life Sciences. “Ninety Percent of Large Pharma Companies Initiated Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Projects In...
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Eleanor Small, the 2021 recipient of the ISPE Max Seales Yonker Member of the Year award, uses her creativity and adaptability to discover new solutions in her work and to help ISPE succeed. She received the honor at the

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The life cycle approach to process validation stresses the need for continued monitoring of process performance to ensure that the manufacturing process remains stable and predictable, i.e., in a state of control. This life cycle stage is known as continued process verification (CPV) or ongoing process verification (OPV).1

  • 1US Food and Drug Administration Center for Drug Evaluation...
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What do recipients of ISPE’s prestigious Facilities of the Year Award (FOYA) know that has helped their projects succeed? What are the lessons learned from achievements in facilities development, including forward-looking projects that encompass and inspire changes in the industry? Pharmaceutical Engineering® spoke with nine FOYA winners from recent years about the lessons they learned and...

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In 2020, the world was grappling with how to slow the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and appropriately treat people who had the COVID-19 infection without approved therapies or vaccines. In two years, there are multiple vaccines and treatments along with great knowledge about the virus—and about how the industry mobilized, partnered, and achieved tremendous strides in addressing the global...

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Operation Warp Speed coordinated US government support of the pharmaceutical industry’s effort to develop and deliver vaccines and therapeutics across the United States to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. This article provides an inside look at the work done by this team to address the threat posed by COVID-19.

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The lack of diversity in the pharmaceutical engineering industry is widely recognized. Less well understood is why change is so hard to achieve. From my years of work in this space, and through observation of ongoing efforts to embrace diversity in all forms, I have developed a hypothesis: Progress is stifled because we as a society wrongly believe diversity and inclusion efforts are...

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Advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs) pose specific manufacturing challenges beyond those typically addressed by pharmaceutical chemistry. Often in current ATMP applications, a change in approach is introduced at some point in the development process out of convenience or necessity, which then results in a change in technology. This article analyzes the possibility of transferring a cell...

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The implementation of a mammalian cell-based biopharmaceutical manufacturing process demands robust methods for knowledge handling, from early-stage development and technology transfer to production scale. Mathematical process modeling can summarize this knowledge as the relationships of critical quality attributes to critical process parameters using mathematical equations and sound...

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Heightened awareness, due to the pandemic, of the need for domestic manufacturing capacity has rejuvenated the biopharmaceutical manufacturing industry and resulted in new commissioning projects. However, cross-country/continental travel restrictions and social distancing–based work protocols during the first two years of the pandemic necessitated adopting unique commissioning approaches....

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During the past decade, industry has experienced a proliferation of regulatory divergence regarding the interpretation and implementation of International Council for Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Pharmaceuticals for Human Use (ICH) guidelines (and control strategies) across geographic regions. This article shares data that highlight instances where well-established ICH...

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With the rise of new technologies and predictive analytics capable of handling the huge amounts of data within and across existing information systems, Industry 4.0 has been thriving in many sectors, such as industrial automation, financial technology, retail, and semiconductors. But the health sector in general,1

  • 1Singh, P., S. N. Singh, and L. Ram. “Health 4.0: Role of Health...
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Developing comprehensive digital solutions is crucial for the entire value creation process for pharmaceuticals. A holistic view of the interrelations of product, production process, and plant is becoming increasingly significant. In this context, the application of model-based technologies provides support in drug development, process scale-up, and manufacturing. Furthermore, it accelerates...

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Good data are a characteristic of good science. Quality data are arguably more important today than ever before and are considered by many to be a corporate asset because they are used to develop products and processes, control our manufacturing processes, and improve products and processes when needed.1

  • 1Snee, R. D. “Crucial Considerations in Monitoring Process Performance and...
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This article presents the results of applying artificial intelligence (AI), such as machine learning algorithms, to identifying and predicting anomalies for corrective maintenance in a water for injection (WFI) processing plant. The aim is to avoid the yearly stoppage of the water for injection plant for preventive maintenance activities, common in the industry, and use a more scientific...

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ATMPs are based on genes, cells or tissues delivered to patients to provide a therapeutic benefit based on a specific target of interest. Often referred to as ‘Personalised Medicine’. A sector of healthcare that is rapidly evolving and expanding with some unique challenges such as microbial contamination and product variability. Traditional manufacturing processes are for synthetically derived...

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GAMP® 5 Second Edition is here! Since its publication, GAMP® 5 has been far and away the leading international guidance on GxP computerized systems validation and compliance, and it was time to update our guidance to...

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“Are you ready to implement the updated ICH Q9(R1)?”

That question was at the heart of the of ISPE’s “Expert Xchange: Regulatory Summit on ICH Q9 Revision” held 9 June 2022. Seventy-one participants from 14 countries discussed ICH Q9(R1) and received valuable insight from several members of the Expert Working Group (EWG) assembled in 2020 to lead the ICH Q9 revision process....

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Winners in this category exemplify the application of novel tools and approaches to delivering projects that improved efficiencies, overcame unusual challenges, promoted effectiveness, and organized stakeholders and project team participants in ways that led to successful outcomes such as efficiency, delivery, quality, product yield, consistency, and cost of goods.

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As the world’s second largest market for pharmaceuticals and accounting for 20% of global medical device sales with double digit annual growth, the Chinese market is poised to have a significant impact on expanding patient access to innovative therapies and combination products (CPs). 1

  • 1Chinese Medical Device Industry: How to thrive in an increasingly competitive market?
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Digital transformation is the novel use of digital technology, including instrumentation and control systems, to solve traditional problems in a transformative manner. These digital solutions enable inherently new types of innovation and creativity, rather than simply enhancing, and supporting traditional methods.

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FOYA Winners in the Supply Chain Category exemplify the novel application of process manufacturing techniques, innovative design concepts, new technologies, and unique solutions that exemplify the next generation of agile, flexible, efficient, and effective new and existing pharmaceutical and biotechnology facilities. This includes implementation of commercially available and custom developed...

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Featured in this edition of iSpeak Reading Roundup, are the top blog posts from June 2022. Discover key insights for cleaning validation practices, risk-based approaches to quality, and more for what the pharmaceutical industry was reading last month.

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While everyone is facing new speed to market expectations, we should consider and discuss why global regulatory barriers are increasing, why science- and risk-based strategies often mean more data are required, and why regulatory approval for new technologies and new medicines seems more challenging than ever before. We can no longer afford to delay innovation, product and process...

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Featured in this edition of the Pharmaceutical Engineering® Online Reading Roundup are some of the many articles published about Pharma 4.0™. Now is a great time to catch up with Pharma 4.0™, especially with the upcoming 2022 ISPE Pharma 4.0™ and Annex 1 Conference in Vienna on 7–8 December.

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Pharma 4.0™ is a new category for the Facility of the Year Awards (FOYA) program. Winners in the Pharma 4.0 category embody the Pharma 4.0 concept. This includes not only implementing at least one technological innovation, but also demonstrating the ability to change the company’s culture, processes, and people orienting them towards a 4.0 future. Significant contributions include application...

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ISPE GAMP® has led the way in computerized systems best practices for more than 30 years. GAMP brought us the concept of system lifecycles and leveraged the V-model to give us a structured approach to computerized systems validation (CSV). GAMP developed and adopted the risk-based approach to CSV, enabling industry to focus validation efforts on critical systems and functionality.

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Effective and timely management of change throughout the product life cycle enables quality improvement and is critical to patient safety, supply reliability, and operational effectiveness and efficiency. The ISPE Advancing Pharmaceutical Quality (APQ) Guide: Change Management System provides a quality management framework for assessing and advancing change management (CM) system maturity...

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Knowledge management is powerful. It can be a catalyst for organizational success and create a major competitive advantage, or be a major contributor to organizational failure. We live in a world today where knowledge is literally at our fingertips. To access knowledge in quite literally any topic, we Google it. Merriam-Webster has even added the word “google” as a verb to the dictionary.

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For nearly a century, production of Water for Injection (WFI) was universally accepted to be distillation-based. As emphasis on costs and environmental concerns has grown, pharmacopeias around the world have focused on the quality attributes of WFI to allow for consideration of other production technologies. In 2017, the European Pharmacopoeia joined the US, Japan, and many other regulatory...

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Following an unprecedented two years in which the pharmaceutical industry has faced numerous challenges posed by the global pandemic, pharmaceutical manufacturing has had to react and respond to meet the rapidly changing requirements and timelines. This has necessitated a radical rethink in how we approach pharmaceutical manufacturing and how we meet the expectations of the market and patients...

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Continuous manufacturing (CM) is gaining traction in pharmaceutical manufacturing. The purpose of this post is to highlight some of the differences between small molecule Drug Substance (DS) and Drug Product (DP) continuous manufacturing (CM), which may be helpful in considering the development and execution of CM for pharmaceutical manufacturing. The following are the key differences from our...

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July / August 2022

Integrating Knowledge Management and Quality Risk Management Cover: ISPE held an Expert Xchange on 18 January 2022 that included presentations and interactive exercises that generated new and useful insights into the current effectiveness of the knowledge that flows into QRM and how a knowledge map can be used to diagnose opportunities to improve KM. The exercises also helped identify the types of...