Manufacturing

RFID is the New Weapon in the Fight Against Counterfeiting

Counterfeit goods cost the economy up to $250 billion a year, with U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents seizing nearly $80 million in counterfeit pharmaceuticals and personal care products in one year alone. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that 200,000 people die each year due to ineffective and substandard (counterfeit) malaria drugs. The WHO also reports similar issues in the medical device market. In 2010, over 8% of devices in circulation were counterfeit and that number increased by 50%…

Scale-Out Biomanufacturing – A Paradigm Change to Scale-Up

In biomanufacturing, a production scale change is required to either meet the market growth demand or when a product moves from clinical to commercial manufacturing. How that volume is increased depends on whether a scale up or scale out philosophy is used. The industry standard has been to scale up, which translates to increasing the size of the bioreactors used in manufacturing runs. However, due to the recent availability and ease of single-use technologies, coupled with improvements in cell culture…

Digitization of Biology to Revolutionize Lab Productivity

Biological research is limited by a technical barrier that exists between scientists and lab hardware. Each piece of hardware has its own software, its own file format and its own eccentricities, which the user needs intimate familiarity with to get the most from the machine. Using Antha, a user-friendly but hugely powerful software platform, gives biologists sophisticated, flexible and integrated control over lab hardware. This enables experiments and lab workflows to be rapidly automated, with data automatically integrated and linked…

Fast Trak Education and Training 2017

Gain specialist knowledge in bioprocessing With our Fast Trak education, you can access application training in specialized bioprocessing techniques. The courses provide a tangible learning experience for process development and manufacturing scientists, relevant to everyday work. Comprehensive training for your specific needs The Fast Trak courses cover various topics from upstream to downstream. These include cell culture, bioreactor scale-up, column packing, basic chromatography, as well as optimization and scale-up for both pilot and manufacturing scales. In addition to our standard…

Antibody Targeted Therapy Online Course

This online module focuses on an intensive overview of the antibody therapeutics field, enabling you to: Gain a comprehensive understanding of the antibody field and awareness of the historical aspects, current research and future direction of the development of antibodies as therapeutics. Provide an overview of the antibody fields ranging from structure and function, through to the recent development of antibodies as therapeutics including manufacture and clinical development. Gain insights to some of the issues that are required to develop…

WPI’s Biomanufacturing Education and Training Center 2018 Schedule

Now is the time to plan professional development for 2018: check out the Biomanufacturing Education and Training Center’s 2018 schedule. Download the flyer and gain access to exclusive discount opportunities for BPI subscribers. About: The Biomanufacturing Education and Training Center at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (BETC) is where biotechnology professionals gain a competitive edge. Our innovative partnership between academia and industry creates customized workforce development solutions for forward-thinking biotechnology companies across the region and around the world. Whether you’re an employee…

How to Overcome Validation Challenges in a Single-Use World

While the popularity of single-use systems (SUS) is increasing, regulation of SUS supply chains is not. With increased regulatory scrutiny on supply chain security and risk mitigation strategies throughout the development and manufacturing of a therapeutic drug product, end users are scrambling to find ways to ensure the expected level of compliance. The solution? Sharing responsibilities across the entire supply chain. Validation must begin at the component raw material level and continue to final assembly. Primary parties – including drug…

Three’s Company: Formulation Prep and Stability Screening With Grunt, Lunatic and Uncle

The stability of biologics can be highly dependent on formulation pH. The pH can be screened by buffer exchanging proteins into a variety of buffer salts and running follow-up analytics to determine stability. Current practices for buffer exchange all have limitations. Dialysis requires a large excess of buffer and time. Centrifugal filters and desalting columns are faster, but require more hands-on time. Additionally, all three methods require dilution or concentration steps to reach target protein concentrations. Automating buffer exchange eliminates…

Buffer Selection in Biologics Manufacturing

They’re far less exciting than the life-changing treatments they help create, but buffers play a critical role in upstream and downstream biomanufacturing processes. ANGUS takes you backstage with “Buffers in Biologics Manufacturing” – an in-depth article co-authored by Dr. Dave Green, Vice President of R&D, ANGUS, that explores the important variables to consider when selecting the right buffer (and buffer supplier). And, when it comes to biomanufacturing, we know a thing or two about buffers. Why? Because we invented them.…

Single-Use Technology: The Next 5 Challenges to Conquer

Now that single-use technology plays a part in nearly all bio-production processes, what is next? Several challenges remain that are still serious enough to delay or even stop the use of single-use technology, which in turn can extend the time to market and increase the cost of lifesaving biopharmaceutical products. Of the existing difficulties, which five are the most critical? This paper considers five existing challenges in the implementation of single-use technology including scale, automation, product compatibility and compliance, speed…