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The article appraises the real-world experiences of two pharmaceutical companies approaching the rollout of energy- and water-reduction programs to selected facilities around the world. It is the result of more than two years of collaboration between the company corporate teams, individual site...
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Sustainability is a key principle for pharmaceutical companies in 2020. However, translating corporate goals into meaningful improvements can be a challenge, particularly when competing factors such as complex technical requirements or ambitious project schedules are involved.
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Medical treatments and pharmaceuticals are indispensable in improving quality of life. In recent years, however, pharmaceutical compounds have become a significant group of environmental pollutants, shown to pose risks to human health and have adverse environmental effects.
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Ranjana B. Pathak, BSc (Hons), MBA, DHA, has spent nearly 40 years in the pharmaceutical industry. Currently the President and Global Head of Quality, Medical Affairs, and Pharmacovigilance at Cipla Ltd. in Mumbai, India, Pathak’s long tenure has afforded her an informed perspective on the past,...
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Every important cause needs its champion. Champions have a vision of how things should be, and a passion to reach their goals. They are committed and determined to achieve positive results, are willing to do the heavy lifting, and will take consistent and massive action until results are achieved.
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Since the early 1990s, when the “upstart” biotech industry realized that its future success would be heavily influenced by the ability to manufacture multiple products within the same facility,Hill, D., and M. Beatrice. “Biotechnology Facility Requirements, Part 1, Facility and Systems Design.”...
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Applying emerging technologies can lead to more robust and flexible manufacturing processes that in turn can help the pharmaceutical industry respond to drug shortages, reduce interruptions in production and delivery of medicines, ensure consistent clinical performance of products, and achieve...
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As the pharmaceutical industry balances demands for small-batch and blockbuster products and encounters new regulations, there is a need for efficient and safe production technologies that can meet stringent quality and safety requirements for the aseptic filling of drugs. Looking forward,...
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Article of the Year 2018 Winner: The winner of the 2018 Roger F. Sherwood Article of the Year award is “Continuous Manufacturing in Biotech Processes: Challenges for Implementation” by Robert Dream, PE, CPIP; Christoph Herwig, PhD; and Emilie...
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Moving platforms from development to the delivery of more biopharmaceuticals to more patients is reality, not just a concept, for Moderna, Inc. Juan Andres, the company’s Chief Technical Operations and Quality Officer, presented on “mRNA Medicines—Industrializing a New Platform” at the 2019 ISPE...
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The US FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) Case for Quality program promotes a risk-based, product quality–focused, and patient-centric approach to computerized systems. This approach encourages critical thinking based on product and process knowledge and quality risk management...
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Presenters and a panel of FDA regulators and industry experts discussed key regulatory and industry issues during the closing plenary of the 2019 ISPE Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Conference.
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Innovation has been and continues to be a driver for the strides being made in biopharma development and manufacturing, noted Eric S. Langer, President and Managing Partner, BioPlan Associates, Inc., who addressed “Innovation in Transformative...
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Cell and gene therapies are the latest revolution in medicine manufacturing. Unlike small molecules or traditional biotech products, these therapies introduce cells and genes into a patient to treat the underlying cause of a disease—they are living medicines.
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Innovations in production methods and technologies that enable a competitive and sustainable biopharmaceutical product supply were the focus of presentations at the 2019 ISPE Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Conference in Boston, Massachusetts, 18–20 June. Future directions for the biopharma...
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The 2019 ISPE Annual Meeting & Expo will be held 27–30 October in Las Vegas, Nevada. The theme is “Modernize. Globalize. Transform.” Michael L. Rutherford, Program Committee Chair and Board Ambassador for ISPE, and Executive Director for Computer Systems Quality and Data Integrity at Syneos Health,...
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On 5 June 2018, a plenary session entitled ”Patient-Centric Specification” (PCS) was held at the 2018 ISPE Quality Manufacturing Conference in Arlington, Virginia. More than 160 professionals from worldwide innovator and generic pharmaceutical companies, academia, and regulatory agencies attended....
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The Pharma 4.0™ Special Interest Group is focusing on key technologies that will modernize pharmaceutical manufacturing and facilitate digital transformation. These technologies include digital twins, augmented reality, artificial intelligence, big data and analytics, mobiles, cloud, advanced...
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To facilitate the assessment and mitigation of compliance risks associated with a third-party service organization, its services, and the systems used to provide the services, this article proposes adopting an approach from the financial sector that, with a little modification, could be used to...
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To meet the EU serialization deadline on 9 February 2019, pharmaceutical companies and their contractors have had to reorganize their manufacturing lines and logistics to ensure compliance with the EU’s Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) of 2011 and the EU Commission Delegated Regulation 2016/161...
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Continuous manufacturing (CM) is an advancement in pharmaceutical manufacturing technology that provides high assurance of product quality as well as enough flexibility and agility in production to respond to market demands. The decision to invest in CM can be challenging for a company given the...

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We have some clarity over the desired end point of zero carbon within the next 30 years (or sooner for some pharma companies), but our industry is uncertain how we will achieve this objective. As pharma engineers, we will all play a role in delivering this end point through the continuous...
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Pharmaceutical Engineering is introducing a new part of the Pharmaceutical Engineering Online site: Online Exclusives. This content will be published only to the ISPE web site—it will not be published in print. Read on for FAQs about this new feature,...
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Featured in this edition of iSpeak Reading Roundup, are the top blog posts from February 2020. Discover key insights for cleaning validation practices, risk-based approaches to quality, and more for what the pharmaceutical industry was reading last...
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As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, our thoughts are with our Members and those impacted. We recognize that the ever-changing impact of this novel virus is disruptive to so many aspects of our personal and professional lives. We are not...
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One predominant and common element within our pharmaceutical industry, is our devotions to patients. Within supply chain there is always a focus on ensuring the right product is delivered to the right place at the right time in order to ensure patient...
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ISPE places the health and safety of its members, staff, and the broader ISPE global community as its top priority. As the COVID-19 outbreak continues, the ISPE Drug Shortages Initiatives Team encourages everyone to follow the available safety and health...
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ISPE 2020 Aseptic Conference - Day 1 The 2020 ISPE Aseptic Conference kicked off on schedule Monday 2 March with a full complement of programs, speakers, and more than 200 attendees, despite the spread of COVID-19 around the world. It was business as...
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The biopharma industry is changing at a fast speed in response to the real pressures that it currently faces for producing an increasing number of complex therapeutic molecules, faster, with consistent high quality, and cost-effective manufacturing...
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The pharmaceutical industry’s work on developing treatments and vaccines for COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) is moving forward, including these recent developments: Gilead’s remdesivir treatment is in clinical trial in China, and the company announced it...
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It’s hard to believe, but it was 10 years ago when I gave my first presentation on continuous manufacturing for pharmaceuticals. It was at the ISPE Nordic Conference in Copenhagen in 2010, and I was still at FDA at the time. Looking back, it’s...
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Wendy T. Haines, PhD, DABT, CQA Associate Director of Technical and Scientific Services PharmEng Technology I grew up in the 1970s watching my dad, who...
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Global Regulatory Town Hall: Answers to Key Questions The 2019 ISPE Annual Meeting & Expo plenary featured a global regulatory town hall addressing a wide range of information about trends in regulations and other developments in the pharmaceutical...
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In April 2010, the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland erupted for six days, wreaking havoc on air travel and supply chain activities across western and northern Europe for a month. Many companies were caught off guard, resulting in industry-wide...
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Regulatory authorities have approved the use of recombinant monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) to treat infectious diseasesSparrow, E., M. Friede, M. Sheikh, and S. Torvaldsen. “Therapeutic Antibodies for Infectious Diseases.” Bulletin of the World Health Organization 95, no. 3 (2017):235–237....
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The 2019 ISPE Annual Meeting & Expo plenary featured a global regulatory town hall addressing a wide range of information about trends in regulations and other developments in the pharmaceutical industry. The town hall format offered attendees the chance to ask a panel of regulators about issues...
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The first ISPE Global Hackathon was held at the 2019 ISPE Annual Meeting & Expo with six teams and 36 participants, including 19 undergraduate students, 11 graduate students, and 6 Young Professionals (YPs). Three members of the winning team, Team 4, named Team Mini Xoom, shared insights about...
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What’s Trending? This is a very common phrase, one that’s become part of the lexicon. You’ve probably heard it or read it countless times during the past year. I know I have. So, from my perspective, it’s natural to ask the question about regulatory...
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Before traveling to the 2019 ISPE Annual Meeting & Expo in Las Vegas, the ISPE Japan Affiliate held its annual phar-maceutical plant tour over five days (21–25 October), visiting two plants in Los Angeles, one in Boston, and one in In-dianapolis.
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I recently had dinner with a friend and colleague who was looking at taking on a new job role. She asked me what I thought about her salary request as part of this new opportunity. I asked, “Is that what you think you are worth?” She looked very confused by my response, and I realized that many of...
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Manual decontamination procedures are laborious processes and can be costly, requiring significant time and resources to complete. Manual procedures also may need to be repeated if initial efforts do not fully kill pathogens. To reduce failures and potentially reduce cost, chlorine dioxide gas...
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The 2019 ISPE Europe Pharma 4.0™ Conference held in Manchester, UK, on 20–21 November 2019 was attended by 300 participants, all of whom contributed to the growing momentum for Pharma 4.0™ initiatives. The Pharma 4.0™ Special Interest Group (SIG) and the Program Committee collaborated with the ISPE...
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The 2020 ISPE Aseptic Conference starts in one week! Here's all the info you need to make the most of your experience. Conference Essentials Conference AgendaTravel Information Registration and Information Hours Sunday, 1 March | 1300–1700 Monday, 2...

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This issue of Pharmaceutical Engineering looks at an array of sustainability topics. Sustainability & the Life Sciences Industry: A Global Introduction Cover: This introductory article surveys topics that will likely have a significant global impact on the way we conduct our business over the coming decade. We trace some of the history of sustainability in the life sciences industry and identify...