This document is one of a series, written to address the problems associated with automating equipment that lacks interoperability in the biopharmaceutical industry. It relates to the BioPhorum Stirred Tank Unit Interface Specification referenced in Appendix A, which was the first of its kind and as such, contains a number of introductory sections describing the principles upon which it, and an accompanying series of documents, are based. In turn, these principles relate back to the established standards of S88, S95 and OPC-UA, and the developing ‘plug-and-play’ approach of NAMUR (User Association of Automation Technology in Process Industries), with its module type package (MTP) equipment definition.
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Jul 2021 | Technology Roadmapping
The Plug-and-play computerized systems validation strategy is a guidance document aimed at maximizing the benefits of adopting the BioPhorum approach to interoperable, modular equipment assemblies (commonly referred to as ‘skids’). The approach is based on NAMUR´s Module Type Package (MTP) standard1
and a series of interface specifications which the BioPhorum Plug and Play team is creating.
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Feb 2021 | Technology Roadmapping
Typically, equipment skids (MTP process equipment assemblies (PEAs)) need to be treated as bespoke units when they are connected to control systems (MTP process orchestration layers (POLs)). This places automation on the critical path for facility design, build and reconfiguration. This document presents a stirred tank unit (STU) interface specification. The STU class of equipment includes single-use bioreactors (SUBs) which are central to the manufacturing operations of many companies producing biopharmaceuticals using a batch process at intermediate scales. By combining this specification with MTP, equipment and control systems, providers can enhance interoperability and reduce the equipment installation time from months to weeks or even days, depending on the installation scenario. And by providing good documentation to their customers’ quality systems, they can enable customers to reduce their internal validation effort.
Jan 2021 | Technology Roadmapping
This paper gives an overview of an accompanying risk assessment template and acts as a blueprint for industry. It will be useful for any organization new to continuous bioprocessing, while experienced companies can use it to benchmark their existing operations.The blueprint will accelerate the realization of commercial continuous biomanufacturing processes and signals to regulators that this is the direction of industry travel, with a consensus view of how it should be done.The control plan will help lower the implementation barrier for starting continuous bioprocessing and provide a better understanding of its needs for end-users and potential vendors as it aligns and standardizes the industry’s validation approach.
Jan 2021 | Technology Roadmapping
This outlines biopharmaceutical manufacturers’ requirements for an improved harvest clarification solution that will operate with feedstream cell densities up to 150 million cells/mL in a single-use production scenario. The URS contains requirement details covering functional requirements (e.g. operating temperature and temperature change), qualification requirements (e.g. microbial control), quality requirements (e.g. biocompatibility) and supply chain requirements (e.g. lead times).It will give equipment vendors an understanding of what biomanufacturers foresee in this space and help them find solutions that are compact, relatively mobile and can manage these ultra-high cell density solutions.
Sep 2020 | Technology Roadmapping
Biopharm Services has supported BioPhorum by modelling manufacturing options to identify the cost drivers and potential of technology options to meet these challenges. The Manufacturing technology roadmap tool allows users to view detailed outputs for baseline scenarios, interrogate and compare the options and access a set of benchmark baseline processes that represent an industry consensus for the first time.
This article looks at the role of technology in the workplace and specifically how the Senior BioPhorum Connect group is addressing issues such as the use of remote working technologies, cyber security and digitizing the cGMP space.
Jun 2020 | Technology Roadmapping
The Best Practice in Adoption of New Technologies workstream was formed in late 2019, and is seeking to deliver on a best practice framework for adoption of technologies into manufacturing environments. The biopharmaceutical industry is risk-averse when considering adoption of new technologies onto production lines. Key contributors to this have been identified as including, a need for improvement in business case assessment, a need for better alignment of stakeholders throughout the technology adoption process, both within organizations (Business vs. R&D vs. Operations) and across multiple organisations and a perception that working with regulatory agencies can be challenging. The team have shared case studies on technology governance process and practice and are now working to create a collaborative best practice playbook for biomanufacturing This playbook will provide cross-industry guidance on stakeholder engagement and risk management, and best practice in building of technology business cases across multiple functions. The guidance will be able to be applied both within an organization, and collaboratively, enabling acceleration of new technology adoption across the industry.
Jun 2020 | Technology Roadmapping
The Digital Technologies Roadmapping team are seeking to apply a digital lens to the roadmap vision outlined in the Technology Roadmap and creating the same level of future vision for digital technologies that has existed for other biomanufacturing tech and approaches since 2017.
To date the lack of a digital roadmap means it has been difficult to understand where technology gaps and interdependencies exist and it is challenging to coordinate implementation activities across functional areas. Biomanufacturers need clarity regarding on the needs, standardization and implementation of digital technologies across the industry.
A practical roadmapping methodology is being applied to a number of digital topics, with the team focussing on Data Flow and Data Integrity in the first phase. The analysis that the team has completed to date is available for phorum members here.