December 2011

Americans Say Yes to Stem Cell Research

    University of Nevada, Reno, researchers reported in Nature Biotechnology this past summer on their survey of >2,000 Americans about stem cells and other controversial research topics. Supporters of using embryonic stem cells in disease research outnumbered opponents five to one. Most respondents (>66%) also approved of induced pluripotent stem cell treatments. But opponents of stem-cell–based cosmetic treatments outnumbered supporters by almost two to one.

Shifting the Bioprocess Paradigm

    The need for transformation is a powerful driving force in the biopharmaceutical industry. Opinions and predictions about the best way forward are plentiful. As drug developers seek to enhance productivity, reduce costs, and improve their return on investment in research and development, new ways of doing business are explored, evaluated, and acted upon — with varying degrees of success. Faced with intense pressure to evolve, the biopharmaceutical industry is smart to leverage approaches that have driven success in…

How QbD and the FDA Process Validation Guidance Affect Product Development and Operations, Part 2

    Earlier this year, the FDA issued its long-awaited process validation guidance document, which had been several years in development. It is well written and effectively articulates what many progressive companies have been thinking and doing for years. But many people in the industry are asking questions.   Part 1 of this article described the history of process validation before the FDA’s quality by design (QbD) initiative and discussed QbD in general. It also described the new process validation…

Addressing Image-Based Compliance and Validation Issues

    Review times for 510(k) submissions have increased by >55% since 2005 because of poor-quality submissions by medical device manufacturers, according to a US FDA July 2011 report (1). Such setbacks can debilitate research and development (R&D) budgets of medical device and pharmaceutical companies and significantly affect their return on investment. As the FDA increases scrutiny of submissions, organizations must ensure adequate controls in assessing drug and device efficacy for preclinical animal studies and clinical trials. Doing so lends…

Production and Purification of a PER.C6-Expressed IgM Antibody Therapeutic

    Immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibodies have been used to treat cancer for many years (1). Another class of antibodies—immunoglobulin M (IgM)—has been overlooked in spite of offering unique advantages that make them highly desirable as cancer therapeutics. Serving a valuable function in our innate immune system, IgM antibodies are the first to be secreted when an abnormal cell is present (2). These antibodies play a critical role in recognition and elimination of infectious particles (3,4), in removal of intracellular…

Analysis and Immunogenic Potential of Aggregates and Particles

    The conclusion of this CMC Forum continued to focus on the latest developments in detection and characterization of protein aggregates (1). Afternoon sessions detailed the most recent experiments probing the role of protein aggregates in immunogenicity, with discussions on the best models to use and initial results. Topics included potential thresholds for immunogenicity, linking laboratory and clinical data, and predicting and testing potential immunogenicity of products throughout a development lifecycle.     Afternoon Sessions   Amy Rosenberg (Division…

Differential Cell Culture Media for Single-Cell Cloning

    Recombinant therapeutic protein production using cell culture systems is a US$70 billion market. Most biotherapeutic proteins, including monoclonal antibodies (MAbs), are produced in Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells, which can generate the posttranslational modifications required for full biological function. Single-cell cloning is an important step in generating homogenous recombinant protein-producing mammalian cell lines. Recent advances in media development technologies have enabled limiting dilution cloning (LDC) and protein production in a serum-free environment to meet regulatory requirements.   LDC…

Glass Delamination and Breakage

    Although glass is widely considered to be the most traditional and cost-effective option for a parenteral drug container or delivery system, it may not always be the most economical or the best choice for certain products. With knowledge emerging about the suitability of materials in contact with drug products, it is time to look at alternatives that may offer a more appropriate choice and mitigate the risks associated with glass. As single-use technology finds its way into upstream…

Global Marketplace

  High-Throughput Osmometry   Product: Advanced 20G osmometer Applications: Cell culture process development and optimization Features: New approaches to accelerate cell culture process development and optimization require higher sample throughput for osmolality testing. The Advanced 20G high-throughput osmometer was developed by combining state-of-the-art osmometry technology and robotics within a parallel sample processing scheme. Samples can be analyzed in 96-well format within 35 minutes, with the same accuracy as provided by stand-alone osmometers. This system has been applied to support osmolality…

IBC’s 28th Annual Antibody Development and Prodution

Antibody Development and Production covers the entire spectrum of topics related to development and production of the most promising therapeutics in the biopharmaceutical industry. An estimated 30% of new drug products likely to be licensed in the next decade will be antibodies. With the reality of their biosimilar equivalents getting closer, companies need to develop processes faster to preserve their time on the market free from generic competition and keep costs down. With that in mind, we developed the 2012…