November / December 2022

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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 existing facility and then uses a case study to explain how the approach may be applied to an existing facility.

Supporting Cell & Gene Therapy through Multimodal & Flexible Facilities

Feature: Cell and gene therapies (C>) have unique needs in manufacturing suites that differ from those for classic product biopharmaceuticals. Facilities must be created with flexibility in mind, able to run multiple products and production types to remain viable.

Oligonucleotides: A Cornerstone for Therapeutics & More

Feature: 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 targets. Oligo therapies offer access to gene regulation mechanisms that were previously inaccessible for treatment. Oligos are also a key component of gene editing systems, serving as the guiding instructions for DNA and RNA editing technologies.

AI Retrofit: Tackling Challenges with Cutting-Edge Technologies

TECHNICAL: 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 automated visual inspection.

Remote Acceptance Testing of Automation Projects

TECHNICAL: 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. Although there were some advantages, both testers and reviewers found the experience inefficient and unsatisfactory in terms of rapport and visibility.

In This Issue

Features
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 different types of modalities that may be accommodated concurrently in a new or existing facility and then uses a case study to explain how...
Insights
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.
Features
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...
InTouch
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.
Technical
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...
Technical
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....
Online Exclusives
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...