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Enhanced and accelerated regulatory pathways for “Breakthrough Therapies (United States) and “PRIME” medicines (European Union) have been introduced to provide faster access to exciting new therapies developed to treat unmet medical needs.1,2 Jokura et...
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It has been an incredibly busy year for the IYPC as we delivered the strategy that was presented to the International Board of Directors at last year’s Annual Meeting in San Diego (and published in the January-February 2018 issue of Pharmaceutical...
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Globally, there was one YP event per week for the entire year. There were a great variety of technical events, facility tours, networking evenings (including “speed networking”), as well as career- and leadership-development seminars. YP committee...
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This year, ISPE Young Professionals held over 60 events in 15 countries, drawing more than 2,000 attendees—an amazing testament to the growth of the YP community. This Special Section details the success of these global activities and the IYPC’s exciting work over the past year.
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The ISPE International Board of Directors 2018 election results are in after member voting during the summer. The new slate of officers and directors has been named. Board members govern and chart the Society’s strategic direction during their terms of...
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Highlights from the stories of the five Category Winners and two Honorable Mentions of this year's Facilities of the Year Awards (FOYA) showcase pharmaceutical industry achievements.
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This year's ISPE Annual Meeting & Expo will be held from 4 to 7 November in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The theme is "Vision to Reality: Delivering Next-Generation Therapies." The first keynote presentation, by Lars Fruergaard Jørgensen, President and CEO, Novo Nordisk A/S and Honorary Conference...
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Gain complimentary access to select ISPE Good Practice Guides through the new portal. Members appreciate the practical knowledge and real-world examples built into our Good Practice Guides, so we made them available for free on the Portal.
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Some people are born leaders. They take initiative, become pioneers, start new groups, and develop new ways of doing things, all while motivating others along the way. Young professional Evan Siebenmorgen certainly appears to be one of them. At age 24,...
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ISPE and the Open-SCS Working Group of the OPC Foundation signed a memorandum of understanding at the 2017 Europe Annual Conference in Barcelona. The OPC Foundation is a global not-for-profit...
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ISPE's 2018 Facilities of the Future Conference highlighted emerging technologies that are driving change in pharmaceutical manufacturing. Topics included virtual reality, robotics, artificial learning, machine learning, and 3D printing. Education sessions were divided into Industry 4.0 and...
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In March 2017, ISPE submitted an extensive and detailed response 1 to the 2016 US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) draft guidance "Submission of Quality Metrics Data," 2 the associated Federal Register Notice, 3 and webinar. 4 These comments reflected ISPE's conclusion that the program, as...
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Home to more than 51 million people, South Korea is one of the "Four Asian Tigers," along with Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan. These countries experienced rapid expansion and high growth rates beginning in the 1960s, developing into highly advanced economies. South Korea's pharmaceutical industry...
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ISPE's revised IT Infrastructure Control and Compliance Guide provides comprehensive guidance on regulatory expectations for both traditional and cloud-based IT platforms. Have we done enough?
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Special interest groups (SIGs) have been an important part of ISPE for many years. SIGs are formed around a specific area of interest, policy, or technology in which members have identified a common challenge. These "microcommunities" foster interaction among a variety of technical domains and...
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The ISPE Japan Affiliate conducted its annual pharmaceutical plant tour last October, visiting four US plants prior to attending the ISPE 2017 Annual Meeting & Expo in San Diego, California. Twenty-one professionals participated from all over Japan,...
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ISPE was a publishing powerhouse in 2017, producing 10 documents that reflect new titles and refreshed content. Each was made possible by a group of talented professionals, both staff and members, who harnessed laser-focused determination to put current,...
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These are interesting times for the pharmaceutical industry in the United Kingdom. According to a recent report, the industry employs more than 73,000 people and contributes £30.4 billion ($40 billion) to the British economy, including £4.2 billion ($5.5...
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They say that ongoing growth is the key to a fulfilling career. If that holds true, young professional Lise Heyninck of Belgium has the mindset and drive to build a long and successful career in the pharmaceutical industry.
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ISPE Japan’s Annual Meeting, always the leading event in the affiliate’s calendar, was especially festive this year as the group celebrated its fifteenth anniversary. Held 18 and 19 May at the Toyama International Conference Center in the mountainous...
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ISPE Thailand cohosted “Cleanroom Testing and Certification,” a joint meeting between the affiliate and the Thai Industrial Pharmacist Association on 2–3 May 2017 at the Ambassador Hotel Bangkok. The meeting drew 250 attendees—including 30 from the Thai...
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With more than 600 biotech and pharmaceutical companies and 700 medical device and equipment companies, the pharmaceutical industry in the San Francisco Bay Area is flourishing. In 2016 alone, biotechnology and pharmaceutical investment in California,...
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A delegation of pharmaceutical industry professionals and regulators from Russia met with ISPE leadership and staff on 20 July. The visit was arranged by the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), a professional exchange program run by the...
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It’s a large subject,” admits Ferdinando Aspesi, when we ask him how the Global Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Leadership Forum (GPMLF) plans to address one of the hottest topics in the industry: the workforce of the future. The GPMLF is represented by 65...
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Rome’s Esposizione Universale Roma, or EUR district, has seen more than its fair share of history. Originally planned as the site of the 1942 World’s Fair under Italy’s prewar fascist regime, the uncompleted EUR suffered extensive damage during the...
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The ISPE Baseline® Guide: Risk-Based Manufacture of Pharmaceutical Products (Risk-MaPP) (second edition), provides a scientific risk-based approach based on ICH Q9: “Quality Risk Management,” for managing the risk of cross-contamination within shared...
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Since the Turkish pharmaceutical industry began applying good manufacturing practices and other international standards in 1984, its performance has been strong. Today, Turkey is home to 300 pharmaceutical companies and 31,000 employees, which produce...
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Antonio Moreira, PhD, is unequivocal about ISPE’s need to encourage members and colleagues around the world. “They have their challenges regarding travel and sometimes political unrest, so anything we can do that demonstrates ISPE’s commitment to support...
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This is an important event for quality professionals," said Marianne Bock, ISPE’s director of continuing education, describing the fifth annual ISPE/FDA/PQRI Quality Manufacturing Conference, held 5–7 June in Arlington, Virginia, United States. "This...
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I was first asked to be a workshop leader for the Quality Manufacturing Conference this past June, I accepted thinking my workshop assignment would be directly related to my professional field of architecture. Instead, I was completely out of my comfort...
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ISPE celebrated the thirteenth annual Facility of the Year Awards (FOYA) banquet on Tuesday, 6 June, with a lively group of participants from the ISPE/FDA/PQRI Quality Manufacturing Conference and beaming category award winners in attendance. Guests...
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Do you want to connect with your colleagues around the globe? Are you seeking information on current trends, hot topics, or how to solve a problem? Then look to the ISPE Communities of Practice! CoPs are virtual libraries, a group of online communities...
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The biotechnology sector is changing the pharmaceutical manufacturing environment: The trend toward personalized medicine is driving smaller batch sizes with higher production volumes. Digitization and integration of GXP computerized systems will...
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In late July 2017, ISPE members will have the opportunity to exercise their right to vote for their 2017 Board of Directors. Current ISPE members will receive electronic ballots by email from Intelliscan, Inc., ISPE’s independent election partner....
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The Delaware Valley Chapter is proud to host the longest-running vendor exhibition event in the ISPE community. The chapter held its highly anticipated Annual Symposium and Exhibition on 26 February, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The event gave vendors...
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The ISPE Europe Annual Conference drew more than 500 people to the Crown Plaza Hotel in downtown Barcelona from April 3–5. With 77 education sessions and 50 exhibitors, the gathering was described by at least one attendee as “the best and biggest...
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Unless it’s clear that a graphic is in the public domain or can be reprinted without permission, you should assume that it’s protected by copyright. While most people in scientific and technical fields understand that copyright protection applies to the...
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Europe Effective and Efficient Deployment of Operational Excellence—Striving for World-Class Performance in Pharmaceutical Operations (T56) 8–9 May Institute of Technology Management (ITEMHSG), University of St Gallen, Switzerland Do you know how to...
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Pharmaceutical Engineering consulted ISPE’s new Board of Directors Executives to discuss making a difference, member concerns, objectives for 2017, and their visions for the future. In this issue, we talk to: Timothy Howard, Vice Chair: Vice President...
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There’s an adage that says “the first step in getting anywhere is knowing where you want to go.” That certainly seems to hold true for Japanese Young Professional Takenori Sumi, who not only has mapped out the things he must learn to advance his career,...
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First and foremost, the authors wish to express their sincere gratitude to the several persons in the US, former or present seniors in the ISPE global organization, and of course the host plants themselves, without whom the 2016 plant tour could not have...
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There is still a lot of uncertainty on how to effectively structure a corporate data integrity program. It starts with the definition of the scope and often it ends with parallel work between departments who are owners of different systems along the value chain.
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Four Latin abbreviations are staples of scientific writing: i.e., e.g., etc., et al. Despite their ubiquity, however, their meanings and usage are often confused or misunderstood. How can this be—especially when the terms are used so...
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Jamie Sigmon readily acknowledges that she has done a lot in her young, yet varied career. “I have really been fortunate,” she says. “I have worked as an intern in manufacturing sciences for a regenerative medicine company, I worked in technical...
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9–10 March 2017 Are your process control systems fit for use? Using a lifecycle approach for the development and management of process control systems, A Risk-Based Approach to GxP Process Control Systems: Applying the GAMP® Good Practice Guide: A...
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“The future is already here—it's just not very evenly distributed.” That quote by sci-fi novelist William Gibson captures an important component of ISPE’s successful 2016 Facilities of the Future Conference, which brought together diverse experts sharing...
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Henrik Goldschmidt was elected Chair of the ISPE Nordic Affiliate’s Board of Directors at the affiliate’s Annual Meeting, which was held in Copenhagen on 17 November 2016. Congratulations to Henrik, and many thanks to outgoing Chair Anders Widov for a...
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ISPE was present at the recent Brazil Affiliate Conference, held 24–26 October 2016 in São Paulo. The conference was attended by ISPE CEO and President John Bournas, who spoke on the worldwide status of the biopharmaceutical market and provided an...
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With deep cultural roots, gorgeous architecture, thriving industry, and inviting climate, Barcelona has it all. From 3–5 April 2017, the city will play host to the ISPE 2017 Europe Annual Conference. “Barcelona is a hot spot for the pharmaceutical...
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Quality issues continue to be a driving force behind sterile injectable drug shortages in the United States. This is one of the key conclusions of a Pew/ISPE joint study that interviewed 50 executives from 10 pharmaceutical companies in the United...
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ISPE’s online training courses let you take ISPE’s signature training—the type usually delivered over two to three days in a distant classroom—from your home or office. Courses leverage the expertise of our global membership to provide real-world...