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Smart maintenance architecture – data-driven approach to smarter maintenance

Smart maintenance architecture – data-driven approach to smarter maintenance

This paper describes use cases and their technical solutions for implementation of predictive maintenance solutions in the biopharmaceutical manufacturing environment. Predictive maintenance is a significant component of smart maintenance which comprises extra elements such as smart use of computerized maintenance management software (CMMS), digital twin technology etc.

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Vision for digital maturity in the integration between biomanufacturers and partner organizations

Vision for digital maturity in the integration between biomanufacturers and partner organizations

Biopharmaceutical supply chains have evolved beyond single-source manufacturing to a complex network of collaborations and partnerships between sponsors and contract organizations. However, the expectations for deeper integration and visibility, automation and flexibility have increased and the lack of a standard framework has led to bespoke solutions which are unsustainable. This paper explains the current approaches to connecting biomanufacturing organizations, and the key benefits of improved digital integration. It articulates principles and patterns in the form of a simple maturity model that can be used to assess current state and plan for a more digitally aligned future.

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Data integrity challenges in the quality control (QC) labs

Data integrity challenges in the quality control (QC) labs

Data integrity is fundamental to comply with current good manufacturing practices (CGMP) and ensure patient safety. Unsurprisingly, quality control (QC) lab data are heavily scrutinized during audits as they directly support the quality, safety and efficacy of the product, and indicate the state of control of a facility. Most QC labs have worked hard to establish the fundamentals of data integrity. Many have digitized to eliminate paper, some systems have compliance features built in, and a series of mitigations and workarounds cover the rest, albeit with some inefficiencies and limitations. There have also been significant evolution of systems and business practices, rising expectations for efficient and thorough investigation capability, and the desire to go beyond compliance and get knowledge and insights through better access to data. Next steps in data integrity are key to the QC lab of the future and the digital maturity of the manufacturing capability as a whole.

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CGT personas and user stories

CGT personas and user stories

CGTs and their patient-specific delivery of therapeutics are seen by many as the future of medicine. However, the field of CGT manufacture is currently immature and typically involves multiple organizations in the delivery of a single CGT treatment. As well as the established biomanufacturers, there are many small players who are attempting to scale up from lab-based processes. Many of these CGT companies are working to establish their IT requirements, but there is no common understanding of a pharma company’s ‘normal’ CGT needs or those of the multiple organizations and experts involved.

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CGT actors and process maps: Who does what in the supply of different cell and gene therapies

CGT actors and process maps: Who does what in the supply of different cell and gene therapies

This document contains a set of reference models explaining who needs to be involved in the supply of different types of Cell and Gene Therapies (CGTs) and, at a very high level, what they do. It can be used by anyone who wishes to better understand the manufacture and delivery of CGTs, and in
particular how IT systems can support that.

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User requirements for AR/VR biopharma manufacturing

User requirements for AR/VR biopharma manufacturing

The purpose of this document and action plan is to articulate AR/VR hardware and software requirements; stimulate collaboration between biomanufacturers and vendors of AR/VR hardware and software and help vendors of AR/VR hardware and software construct roadmaps to unleash the potential of this technology in GMP environments.

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The benefits of progressively more sophisticated lab instrument integration in the quality control labs

The benefits of progressively more sophisticated lab instrument integration in the quality control labs

QC labs play a key role across biopharmaceutical organizations to ensure product quality and patient safety. However, they have yet to achieve full digital maturity. Poor digitalization and integration have led to many non-optimal solutions for labs, such as workarounds and tailored solutions that are too expensive to upgrade. Often teams cannot take advantage of the latest innovations. With the help of this document, advocates for change can persuade other stakeholders to raise their game by showing the opportunity for significant benefits. The origins of this analysis in cross-industry collaboration and alignment represent a weight of common intent that should not be ignored.

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MES of the future manifesto

MES of the future manifesto

The purpose of the MES of the future manifesto is a call to action from the biomanufacturing industry to vendors of MES solutions. The manifesto articulates: the gap between the current generation of MES solutions and the needs of the biomanufacturing industry and a realistic and achievable vision for the MES of the future that will meet the needs of the biomanufacturing plants of the future. It is intended to stimulate collaboration between biomanufacturers and vendors of MES solutions that will outline roadmaps for future development.

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IT can be simple: Using analogies to facilitate collaboration on the IT challenges of supplying cell and gene therapies

IT can be simple: Using analogies to facilitate collaboration on the IT challenges of supplying cell and gene therapies

Cell and gene therapies (CGTs) are medicines with enormous potential to create personalized therapeutics for patients with diseases that were once untreatable. However with these opportunities come challenges. One is how IT and CGT teams understand each other’s needs and challenges – only once this knowledge gap is bridged will CGTs be produced and administered commercially. This paper uses analogies to help specialists from CGT and IT to discuss and understand the key issues in commercializing CGTs and important aspects of IT systems and infrastructure. The analogies also reveal those differences in a relatable way that stimulates creativity and joint problem solving, which are critical in this fledgling but fast-growing industry.

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Cell & Gene Therapy

Maximizing the impact of the many advanced therapies under development requires that the industry comes together to improve understanding of how to develop, control and manufacture these life changing therapies.

We connect strategic thinkers in drug development and contract manufacturing organizations with the aim of ensuring harmonization and alignment around issues such as potency assays, phase-appropriate guidance for critical quality attributes, operator safety, regulatory guidelines, and C&GT-specific validation issues, as well as working toward resolving the current challenges to commercializing C&GT products. Discover more and learn about the outputs here.

Development Group

The ever-increasing need to reduce product development lead times and the opportunities to exploit innovative technologies in development are two key industry themes that remain at the forefront of our work. The Phorum successfully connects process development organizations and provides a space where subject matter experts can work on issues such as quality by design and process characterization, cell line technologies, and molecule selection. Read some of the outputs and discover how you could benefit by getting involved.

Drug Substance

Accelerating improvement, exploiting opportunities offered by innovation, and identifying best practice approaches across all aspects of the manufacturing process – these are the essential objectives

Data and digital capabilities are at the core of many of these industry challenges. Work in BioPhorum Drug Substance is informed by BioPhorum Technology Strategy, which has summarized our industry’s market drivers and trends. Capacity, flexibility, sustainability and pace all feature as requirements to succeed in a rapidly changing environment.

Find out more about what our members are currently discussing and learn about some of the successful implementations of our output.

Fill Finish

Quality and demonstrating compliance are two priorities of BioPhorum Fill Finish. Representatives of the world’s top sterile filling operations come together to develop solutions to some of the most intractable technical and regulatory challenges.To address these challenges in drug product aseptic filling (‘fill’) and secondary packaging (‘finish’) operations, our community of industry experts is working relentlessly to continually improve the pharmaceutical quality system (PQS). Together they continue to strive towards developing and implementing safe, predictable, lean, and agile processes in drug product operations. Find out more about the Phorum output here. 

Information Technology

IT and digital advances are crucial in responding to the pharmaceutical industry’s challenges around speed, cost, quality, flexibility, and sustainability. Unlocking and realizing the value in the industry’s IT opportunities is the core mission of the IT Phorum. 

The digital manufacturing facility of the future needs to consider technology advances alongside organizational perspectives while maintaining foundational security requirements. All elements must be considered in the long term to deliver systemic change toward the digital factory vision. Our members collaborate in a format that stimulates and supports industry innovation and implementation. 

Regulatory

BioPhorum Regulatory CMC is affording professionals the opportunity to shape their own collaboration program focused on challenges and opportunities across strategy, science, operations, submissions and compliance. Following a discovery program of work with Heads of Regulatory CMC, in which we identified some key topics of collaboration, we are giving you the opportunity to participate and help us to shape the final collaboration program. This will focus on, Filing and Review, Interactions with Health Authorities, and Harmonization. Our mission is not just to discuss, but to deliver applicable outputs and publications that will have an impact – learn more about how you can get involved.

Supply Chain to Patient

The pharmaceutical outbound supply chain was built on a blockbuster model and doesn’t fit the needs of the changing pipeline and new modalities currently being developed. The geopolitical challenges of recent years have shown that the outbound supply chain needs to evolve to become more agile, and resilient, and address a more expectant end-user bying on patient-centricity. Industry collaboration can accelerate improvements and transform performance in a way not possible when working independently. This Phorum is founded on the belief that learning from each other and challenging current thinking to re-imagine the supply chain can reduce costs and increase efficiency.

Supply Partner

BioPhorum SP members want the inbound supply chain for the biomanufacturing industry to be recognized as one of the best-understood and managed global supply chains. They intend to be not only a trusted advisory group but also the engine that drives change for the industry. Working together, we aim to achieve supply chain transformation that provides:

  • an enhanced robustness and resilience
  • accelerated capability and capacity to effect technology adoption
  • reduced cost of quality, and
  • industry-wide alignment on operational implementation

There’s an extensive list of Phorum successes and tangible benefits that have been delivered to define industry best practise.

Sustainability

The BioPhorum Sustainability program is jointly designed, governed, and delivered by a membership drawn from licence holders, contract manufacturers, major suppliers and niche suppliers. This dynamic partnership means that we can quickly focus on the areas that have the greatest industry impact, and we can leverage learning from each other and other sectors – the chemical industry and the built environment for example.

BioPhorum’s unique ability to build a strong coalition for change for an entire industry is now being applied to the greatest challenge of our generation. Driven by evident industry needs, Phorum members are working to develop agreed industry benchmarks, establish the ROI of sustainability investments and to increase the efficacy of implementation of members’ sustainability strategies.

Technology Strategy

With a mission to define strategies to accelerate technology transformation and support the adoption of innovative technologies, BioPhorum Technology Strategy evolved from BioPhorum Technology Roadmapping, strives to realize the technology roadmap vision 2.0.

This is being achieved through a multi-stakeholder team of member companies with collective capability and influence who are committed to driving forth industry goals associated with: Speed to market, Quality, Value, Agility and On-Demand Supply and Sustainability.

Building on industry feedback to standardize plasmid release specifications

Plasmids release specifications are critical to the manufacture of many cell and gene therapy (CGT) products, but current regulatory... read more

How to predict, optimize and analyze high-concentration biologic therapeutic formulations

Developing high-dose biologic drugs for subcutaneous injection often requires high-concentration formulations. It also needs to optimize... read more

A media fingerprinting toolbox that comes with a host of benefits

Cell culture media raw materials can contain many chemical substances, each with its own properties. While simple substances can be... read more

Why 100% visual inspection does not mean 100% defect detection

There is a common misunderstanding that 100% visual inspection (VI) of biopharmaceutical products should mean 100% detection of defects.... read more

How to bridge the data integration gap between sponsors and contract organizations

Bringing BioPhorum’s unique perspective to continuous manufacturing in biologics

Continuous manufacturing (CM) has been a goal for the pharmaceutical industry for several years. While small molecule drug substances and... read more

Supply Chain to Patient has launched!

Have your outbound supply chain costs increased? Do you want to leverage data and digital technologies more effectively to reduce... read more

Electronic data exchange – the foundation for an efficient, resilient inbound supply chain

The COVID-19 pandemic, geopolitical unrest, and military action across the world have fundamentally disrupted the assumption and practice... read more

How are you improving your environmental sustainability performance?

Climate change and global warming resulting from greenhouse gas emissions are widely recognized as the biggest threats to global health.... read more

Adding value for analytical instrument partners

Analytical instrument vendors have been integral to developing and publishing our technology roadmaps and developing product... read more

Introducing MediPhorum

The medical technology (MedTech) industry is a critical and complex sector. As highlighted during the Covid-19 pandemic, the MedTech industry provides a wide array of products and technologies that are vital to the safe and effective provision of care to many. Also, as seen over recent years, there is often the requirement for flexibility in supply, rapid development, and the introduction of new products to keep pace with global public health demands.

Advanced Wound Care and Wound Management

Advanced wound care (AWC) is the medical treatment for wounds that have not healed properly using conventional wound care products such as gauze, bandages, plasters, and wadding.

AWC involves treating chronic or complex wounds using products that are not as easily obtained over the counter. AWC can be divided into three main categories: wound healing, infection prevention, and restoration.

Drug Delivery

Drug delivery products are therapeutic and diagnostic products combining drugs, devices, and/or biological products, which enable safer and more efficient treatment due to careful and precise drug targeting, local administration, and tailored treatment.

Introducing the new MediPhorum

MediPhorum by BioPhorum has been launched to bring together senior business leaders and subject matter experts across multiple MedTech... read more

Introducing the new MediPhorum

MediPhorum by BioPhorum has been launched to bring together senior business leaders and subject matter experts across multiple MedTech... read more

Introducing the new MediPhorum

MediPhorum by BioPhorum has been launched to bring together senior business leaders and subject matter experts across multiple MedTech... read more
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