Single Use

Management, Notification, and Documentation of Single-Use Systems Change Orders: Challenges and Opportunities

Single-use systems (SUS) consist of numerous plastic components derived from different suppliers. As such, they are prone to changes, including alterations in construction materials or modifications in manufacturing processes. Such changes may originate at the immediate supplier or farther back in the supply chain as a result of product improvements, process improvements, part discontinuation, or even business decisions such as manufacturing site relocation. Whether those changes are major or minor, managing their impact on biopharmaceutial processes and product quality often…

Positioning for Success: An Interview with Mario Philips

On 12 March 2015, BPI met with Mario Philips, president, single-use technologies, at Pall’s Port Washington, NY, facility, to learn about Pall’s reasons for entering the cell therapy market. Also participating in the discussion was Alain Fairbank, director of marketing for cell therapies at Pall Life Sciences. Read the full text of this article in the PDF (Login required).

Meeting Lot-Size Challenges of Manufacturing Adherent Cells for Therapy

Adherent cells such as adult primary cell lines and human multipotent (MSCs) and pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) present a manufacturing challenge as lot sizes increase from 109 (billions) to 1012 (trillions) cells (1). Typically, manufacturing platforms are good for one log of expansion. So new methods will be required to achieve commercially relevant lot sizes. Traditional two-dimensional culture methods have been used to grow anchorage-dependent cell types. Although such methods are reliable and well defined, they are very labor intensive…

Choosing Between Single-Use and Multiuse Technologies: A BPI Theater Roundtable at Interphex 2015

On Tuesday, 21 April 2015, Eric S. Langer (managing partner at BioPlan Associates) chaired a midday roundtable titled, “Deciding on Single-Use vs. Stainless Steel Bioprocessing Strategy: What Do CMOs Know That Biopharmas Don’t?” Langer brought together these industry experts to discuss choosing between stainless steel and single-use technologies (SUTs) for different applications: William Hartzel (director of strategic execution at Catalent Pharma Solutions) Steven Perry (vice president of technical operations at Cook Pharmica) Joanna Pezzini (bioprocess engineer at MedImmune) Daniel Vellom…

Single-Use Technologies: BIO Theater @ Interphex 2015

Andrew Lidums (NA business development manager, Parker domnick hunter) 2:30–2:55 pm Implementing a Risk-Management–Based Approach to the Prevention of Mycoplasma Contaminations Lidums began with a recent report from Genentech, where a 150-µm long Leptospira organism from a drainage ditch outside the facility managed to penetrate 0.1-µm filters. The company solved this problem by lowering the temperature of the filtration operation, which made the bacteria more rigid and kept them from getting through. Clearly, however, contaminations happen even at large facilities.…

Toward Industry Standardization of Extractables Testing for Single-Use Systems: A Collective BPSA Perspective

Here we present a consensus position of the membership of the Bio-Process Systems Alliance (BPSA), the trade organization for the single-use industry based in Washington, DC. BPSA’s membership includes 48 corporate and institutional entities, among them component suppliers, systems integrators, end users, and independent testing laboratories. Consensus within this membership is reached through an official ballot of representative voting members, as provided for in the organization’s by-laws. The position outlined below was approved by such an internal consensus-balloting process. Building…

Extractables Profiles: A Comprehensive Approach Produces Long-Term Results

Biopharmaceutical manufacturers spend years developing and testing new drug and biologic products to ensure their efficacy, safety, and usability for patients. Such knowledge is extremely valuable, but those same principles often get overlooked in selection of packaging and delivery systems. Decisions on packaging and delivery often are made almost as an afterthought. However, issues related to components such as extractables and leachables can affect patient safety and product quality. In addition, a lack of extractables and leachables data in filings…

The New Hybrid: Single-Use Systems Enabled By Process Automation

Much has been written in recent years about the union of single-use systems (SUS) and process automation. These two technology initiatives have been prevalent within biopharmaceutical manufacturing over the past decade and are two of the most predominant advancements in biomanufacturing. A basic survey of industry media and conference topics corroborates that premise (1). However, efforts to combine them remain in the early stages of technological fulfillment, with much work to be done in realizing their synergistic benefits. Here I…

Automation of a Single-Use Final Bulk Filtration Step: Enhancing Operational Flexibility and Facilitating Compliant, Right–First-Time Manufacturing

Single-use technologies have been implemented in biomanufacturing facilities all over the world. Inherently more flexible than stainless steel equipment, single-use technology allows for more rapid technology transfer by minimizing the time it takes to design, purchase, and qualify new capital assets. Rapid turnover between batches is facilitated with no need for protracted clean-in-place (CIP) and steam-in-place (SIP) regimes; the risk of product cross contaminations is reduced because single-use fluid-contact surfaces are never previously exposed to a biopharmaceutical product stream. For…

Measuring Pressure at Very Low Levels with High Accuracy in Single-Use Systems: Improved Performance and Single-Use System Testing

Measuring pressure in single-use systems (SUS) has become an integral part of both upstream and downstream bioprocess operations. Articles have been published on filtration applications (1), and integration into other SUS has been widely adopted. Additionally, information is available on low-pressure applications such as how to prevent overpressurization in single-use bioreactors (2). However, as users and applications both become more sophisticated, improved performance is sought for low-pressure applications (<1 psi) such as in single-use bioreactors. The reasons are two-fold: First,…