Author Archives: BPI Staff

New Tools to Improve Cell Viability, Purity, and Recovery

Presented by Sean Kevlahan (chief executive officer, Quad Technologies) 11:00–11:20 am Kevlahan described Quad Technologies as an early stage company founded in 2013 and headquartered in Woburn, MA. Its approach to cell and gene therapies is offering bioprocessing tools with a biomaterials focus. The company’s QuikGel platform is a hydrogel-based technology for making different sizes of hydrogel microbeads that will dissolve under gentle conditions. The beads can be magnetic or nonmagnetic for both research and bioprocessing applications. This technology provides Quad…

Advanced Therapies Capabilities at FDBT

Presented by Yan Zhi (program design technical lead, Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies) 11:20–11:40 am Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies Texas (FDBT) has two dedicated viral products facilities: The National Center for Therapeutic Manufacturing (NCTM) building was designed for process development and early phase clinical good manufacturing practice (GMP) production of advanced therapeutics including viral, microbial, and plasmid products. The newly built Flexible Biomanufacturing Facility (FBF) is designed for clinical and commercial GMP production of viral products. View the full video here – Login Required…

Covering a Spectrum of New Product Development Technologies: From Cells to Cell Therapy

Presented by Stewart McNaull (senior vice president of business development, KBI Biopharma) 11:40 am–12:00 pm Founded in 2004, KBI Biopharma operates a core facility in Durham, NC. In 2013, the company needed more space and set up laboratories in Research Triangle Park, NC. Using mammalian cell lines, it has developed both monoclonal antibody (MAb) and non-MAb platforms. It acquired a former Merck site in Boulder, CO, in 2014 and retained staff experts in fermentation expression, refolding, and mass spectrometry. With manufacturing…

Navigating the Road to Commercialization Together

Presented by Cyril Peter (senior proposal manager, Lonza Pharma and Biotech) 1:00–1:20 pm A publicly traded company, Lonza focuses on drug sponsors that want to go to market with their own products. “To get there, you need to make a drug out of your molecule, manufacture it, go through clinical trials, and generate data for submission to regulatory authorities for market authorization.” That requires information about the molecule (critical quality attributes, CQAs) and on how you make it (critical process parameters,…

Increasing Cell Productivity and Quality in MAb Production By Focusing on a Novel Target

Presented by Adam Elhofy (chief science officer, Essential Pharmaceuticals) 2:00–2:20 pm “What we call biomanufacturing,” said Elhofy, “is all about cells. When cells get cranked up, they start to have deficiencies — and those deficiencies lead to different protein quality, to aggregates, and to a loss of consistency in protein quality. So how do you improve productivity and protein quality?” Essential Pharmaceuticals has a technology to address the role that lipids play in cell productivity. View the full video here –…

Advancing the MAb Therapies of Tomorrow

Thomas Page (vice president, engineering and asset development, Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies USA) 1:00–1:20 pm Page introduced Fujifilm Diosynth’s Saturn monoclonal antibody (MAb) platform, which is based on the Apollo cell line. A senior team working from three facilities designed this new platform by challenging everything from previous designs, keeping the best aspects, and throwing out what did not work well — while innovating where necessary. All functional units were represented and empowered to make decisions. The team used risk-based tools…

May Spotlight

Welcome New Editorial Advisor David Rabuka is global head of research and development in chemical biology at Catalent Biologics, with overall responsibility of overseeing continued research and development of SMARTag technology. He also oversees strategy, resource allocation, and scientific oversight of preclinical and clinical studies. David joined Catalent Biologics following Catalent’s acquisition of Redwood Bioscience Inc., where he was founder, president, and chief scientific officer. David’s scientific areas of expertise include chemical synthesis; drug delivery; translational research; chemistry, manufacturing, and…

April Spotlight

WHO’s Most-Wanted List: Deadliest Bacteria In February, the World Health Organization (WHO) published its first-ever list of “priority pathogens,” a catalogue of 12 families of bacteria that pose the greatest threats to human health. In particular this list highlights the threat of gram-negative bacteria that are resistant to multiple antibiotics. It is intended to guide and promote research and development (R&D) of new antibiotics. “This is a new tool to ensure R&D responds to urgent public health needs,” said Marie-Paule…

March Spotlight

Developing Standards for Clinical Research This past fall, the nonprofit Alliance for Clinical Research Excellence and Safety (ACRES) and its partner the British Standards Institution (BSI) launched a Global Standards for Excellence (GSE) working party to develop standards for accreditation of high-performing clinical research sites around the world. The goals are to promote professionalism and excellence in clinical research; accelerate medicine development; and enhance the performance, safety, and quality of clinical trials. Sara Monday (ACRES VP of site development and…

Spotlight for February 2017

Introducing New Editorial Advisor Jason Condon is a senior CMC project manager at Vaccinex, Inc., in Rochester, NY as well as an assistant adjunct professor in biomedical engineering at the University of Rochester. He has held roles in biopharmaceutical manufacturing and process development at Bristol Myers Squibb and Janssen R&D. His expertise in cell culture and current good manufacturing practice (CGMP) manufacturing has contributed to developing manufacturing processes for monoclonal antibody (MAb), cell therapy, and vaccine production throughout his 13-year…