August 2012

Comprehensive Global Capabilities and Extensive Scientific Expertise

      Covance is one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive drug development services companies with more than 10,000 employees in 60 countries. Through its broad portfolio of services, Covance has helped pharmaceutical and biotech companies develop one-third of all prescription medicines in the market today. Working with clients of all sizes, Covance recognizes that your development program is as unique as the product you bring to our facilities. With over 250 different biomolecules successfully supported annually, Covance…

AbSolute® High Cap

The capture step in the downstream processing of monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) is often the bottleneck and the most expensive step due to the use of protein A media. In recent years, several new-generation protein A media have been launched on the market claiming improved MAb capture, or improved resistance to cleaning agents. AbSolute® High Cap, the new revolutionary protein A media by Novasep, maintains excellent DBCs at low and high velocities, therefore, providing substantially improved productivity and strongly reduced costs…

Bio on Demand

      NNE Pharmaplan has developed a new facility concept we call Bio on demand™. Facilities based on the Bio on demand™ concept can be established in one to two years. The result is a flexible facility that is fully operational, locally compliant, and with functioning quality systems. The Bio on demand™ concept involves a high degree of single-use technology to ensure cost-effective production and fast establishment. Facilities based on our Bio on demand™ concept can be delivered globally,…

Pharmaceutical Biotechnology Innovations in Manufacturing

Challenging conventional process technologies with innovation and forward-looking solutions lead to the next generation of manufacturing processes. With its biotechnology, chemistry, and fine chemistry capability, DSM has an extensive toolbox for developing the most economic and sustainable solutions for customers. DSM’s biotechnology uses microorganisms, enzymes, and mammalian cells to produce novel ingredients and improve existing food ingredients, (bio)pharmaceuticals, plastics, and chemicals. Mammalian Cell Culture–Based Manufacturing A state-of-the-art facility, located in Groningen, The Netherlands, is dedicated to the development, scale-up, and…

Sartopore® Platinum

    Figure 1: Sartopore® Platinum TwinPleat ()   Sterile filtration using 0.2-µm rated filters is a critical step in upstream and downstream biomanufacturing alike. Typical applications comprise sterile media addition into the bioreactors, cell harvest clarification post-depth filter, chromatography column protection, and final sterile filtration of purified bulk drug substance. Total throughput, flow rate, unspecific adsorption, and wettability of sterile filters can have direct impact on total cost of ownership. There have been innovative application-specific approaches in sterile filtration…

High-Throughput 96-Well Osmolality Determinations

      As the pharmaceutical industry focuses on developing biological drugs derived using cell culture processes, the ability to optimize the growth, health, and potential yield of the cell line becomes increasingly important. Finding the optimal cell culture media is a daunting and time-consuming process due to the amount of potential media components and the unique requirements of the cell line being researched. Osmolality information is a crucial component to this research because of its close relationship between cells…

Managing Cell-Based Potency Assays

      Established at the forefront of current good manufacturing practice (cGMP) cell-based potency assay contract testing, Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories, Inc. provides assistance in all aspects of bioassay development, validation, method transfer, and long-term assay maintenance. Characterization of a biological product — which includes the determination of physicochemical properties, biological activity, immunochemical properties, purity, and impurities — is necessary to establish the safety and efficacy profile of a given product (as per ICH Q6B guidelines). Cell culture–based potency assays…

Increased Speed to Market with an Emphasis on Quality

Speed to market has become a key factor of success in the biopharmaceutical industry, yet it can be difficult to achieve without compromising product quality. By seeking out products that are able to provide maximum efficiency while simultaneously maintaining first-rate quality, companies can not only get to market quicker, but also gain a competitive advantage. A new bag port line, manufactured by Value Plastics (VP), both addresses these concerns and tackles them head on by incorporating them into the product…

Automated, Nondestructive, Rapid Microbial Testing

Automated, nondestructive, rapid sterility and environmental monitoring () Rapid microbial testing methods continue to gain acceptance in pharmaceutical manufacturing, but experience shows that most companies still use traditional methods for their testing. The ability to deliver results in less time than traditional methods provides compelling benefits to manufacturers. Two key areas of microbial testing where these benefits can be realized include environmental monitoring and sterility testing. Microbial testing must be completed throughout the manufacture of pharmaceuticals, including the raw materials…

Connect. Grow. Succeed.

Rentschler Biotechnologie GmbH is a global, full-service contract manufacturer with over 35 years of experience in the development, production, and approval of biopharmaceuticals in compliance with international GMP standards (EMA/FDA). As part of the Rentschler Group and headquartered in Laupheim, Germany, Rentschler is one of three leading European CMOs operating globally. Dedicated to delivering high-quality biopharmaceuticals produced in mammalian cell culture, Rentschler has nine stand-alone GMP suites with volumes of 30 L, 250 L, 500 L, 1,000 L, and 2,500…