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Resounding clinical successes and maturation of extensive therapeutic pipelines have catapulted oligonucleotides from a fringe modality to therapeutic relevance in just a few short years. Oligonucleotides are a cornerstone of a burgeoning class of drugs classified as nucleic acid therapeutics. These therapies interact with DNA and RNA targets rather than traditional protein therapeutic...
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Before the COVID-19 pandemic, it was unthinkable for a system integrator to suggest remotely conducting an acceptance test for an automation project. This article shows how automation engineers and client validation personnel were successful in navigating COVID-19 restrictions and overcoming previously held preconceptions about remote testing to meet end-user and regulatory requirements....
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This artificial intelligence (AI) retrofit project was a unique approach to implementing AI technology in a pharmaceutical environment within three months. This project tackles a commonly known industry challenge by integrating AI into an existing automatic visual inspection (AVI) machine. The proof of value allowed us to benchmark added value through AI compared with state-of-the-art...
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Digital health is transforming the health care landscape through new technologies and platforms in patient care management, conducting of clinical trials, patient data collection, and the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Emerging digital health technologies (DHTs) may improve the quality of life for patients with chronic and debilitating diseases and provide novel health care solutions for...
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A reliable supply of raw materials is critical to maintain a robust supply chain to serve patients globally. With shortages, regulatory complexity is compounded due to differences in submission and data requirements from various regulatory agencies. Therefore, there is an increasing need to implement a harmonized regulatory infrastructure that is both flexible and predictable to provide more...
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Postapproval change management of pharmaceuticals is an essential part of life-cycle management but is associated with regulatory challenges. Incorporating concepts and tools from the International Council for Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Pharmaceuticals for Human Use (ICH) Q12 guideline, combined with structured content and data management (SCDM) and a cloud-based data exchange...
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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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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).US 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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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,Singh, 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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Historically, cell therapies are used to treat patients with cancer after relapse from other approved treatment modalities, or if no approved treatment is available. However, the introduction of allogeneic cell therapies has created exciting opportunities to broaden access to cell-based treatments. With advancements in manufacturing, developers are becoming increasingly interested in...
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The process of bringing new drugs and products to market requires creativity, thinking outside the box, and the courage to fail numerous times before making a single discovery. This rings especially true now, as the industry faces the COVID-19 pandemic and doubts about vaccines and therapies getting to market in record time to improve human health. This article presents a deep dive into gene...

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By the ISPE Regulatory Team ISPE’s regulatory volunteer groups are charged with bringing visibility and solutions to major challenges faced by the industry with regard to regulatory/quality matters, and facilitating the flow of information between ISPE members and global Health Authorities. Support for that mission was on display at the 2022 ISPE Annual Meeting and...
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As we are all aware, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a unique, world-wide effect on the pharmaceutical industry as well as health authorities. At the height of the pandemic, and continuing as it appears to wane, health authorities have not been able not carry out normal, in-person inspections of pharmaceutical manufacturing sites. However, in the ”Age of Covid,” using the Internet and associated...
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On 17 August 2022, four international regulators discussed how the Covid-19 pandemic had taught regulators to look for alternative ways of doing GMP inspections and also to rely more on each other to make determinations on the GMP status of manufacturers of medicines.
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A look through the lens of GAMP 5® Second Edition IT Infrastructure is a broad term that encompasses both the platforms upon which business applications run, as well as the services that keep these platforms and applications running. Figure 1 below shows this landscape.
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This article shows how non-supervised artificial intelligence (AI) methods can strongly support common processes in the pharmaceutical industry such as wet granulation drying. The techniques used demonstrate how continuous process optimization can be enabled and the process control strategy is permanently updated while keeping product quality under strong assurance and also increasing energy...
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The 2022 ISPE International Emerging Leader Hackathon officially started on Saturday 29 October 2022 at 0800 EST, but the connections started happening the night before during the Hackathon Reception at Wreckers Bar and Grill in the Gaylord Palms Resort, Orlando, FL USA.
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The industry is in the process of a transformation that was sped up by the pandemic, which enhanced innovation and collaboration. Applying what has been learned over the last three years to update pharmaceutical companies’ approaches to development and implementation is key as the industry crafts its strategies in an increasingly digital and global environment. The keynote presentations on 1...
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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.
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We don’t often take time for reflection, except when in times of trial or transition. I recently needed to update my resume, which forced some reflection on what I had done of note since my last update. This reminded me that we are coming up on the end of the year, a transition to new leadership and new goals, and maybe even cleaning up our toolboxes.
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The 2022 ISPE Annual Meeting & Expo opened with three keynote addresses exploring quality from a key FDA leader’s point of view, a major pharmaceutical company’s ongoing journey of transformation into an organization that is prepared to adapt to the changing world, and a unique patient perspective with a patient presenter who is also a member of the pharmaceutical community.
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Driving the transition to the digital world through the quality and validation lenses We are The Culture Club, a self-formed cross-CoP group of individuals who came together to discuss the quality/validation challenges encountered as we transition into the digital world and identify ways to influence cultural changes needed within our industry to better enable innovation. This blog...
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ISPE’s Transportable/Point of Care (PoC) Manufacturing Technology team, a working group under the Product Quality Lifecycle Implementation (PQLI)® committee, is presenting a session entitled Transportable, Small Footprint Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Facilities: A Regulatory Perspective at the 2022 ISPE Annual Meeting & Expo on Monday, 31 October at 1100–1230 as part of the...

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Accommodating Multiple Modalities in the Same Facility Cover: Many organizations are evaluating how advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs) and other traditional modalities may be combined within the same facility or within a newly constructed agnostic building. This article outlines a broad framework to evaluate di erent types of modalities that may be accommodated concurrently in a new or...