Author Archives: Hazel Aranha

Current Thinking in Viral Safety: Risk Management Protects Patients

BPI’s editor in chief S. Anne Montgomery recently caught up with long-time editorial advisor Hazel Aranha (purification technologies technology expert for Sartorius Stedim Biotech, North America). They discussed a number of topics related to viral safety. Montgomery: What is the current thinking regarding virus-safety assurance in biopharmaceutical manufacturing? How is the industry preventing viral contamination? Aranha: The “holy grail” of viral safety — absolute freedom from extraneous agents or residual pathogenicity — is a myth. That said, biopharmaceutical products have…

Current Issues in Assuring Virological Safety of Biopharmaceuticals

The weakest link in the chain is also the strongest. It can break the chain.— Stanislaw Jerzy Lec, Polish writer, poet and satirist (1906–1966) Biologicals ushered in a new era for treating debilitating and life-threatening illnesses. According to a Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) 2011 report, more than 900 biotech medicines and vaccines are in development that are targeting more than 100 diseases (1). Market researchers expect annual sales of biologics (now at about US$100 billion) to grow…

How Project Management Fits into the Drug Development Continuum

    Once upon a time, this was the way of things: Most projects happened in-house, or at least locally, and the activities they required weren’t very complicated. In today’s global business environment, however, the days of such simplicity are gone. Instead, now the “+1” person in the N + 1 equation (see the box at right) is the glue that holds complex, global activities together for a company. That person is the project manager. Simply stated, project management (PM)…