BioPhorum Sustainability

Supporting members to improve patient health and transition to a low carbon, circular future. Environmental sustainability improvements will provide value across the industry, and we are drawing from our network of experts to deliver these important changes.

BioPhorum Sustainability supports organizations to identify where and how they can make changes. We connect sustainability leaders across drug development, manufacture, delivery, distribution, and the supply chain. Members of BioPhorum Sustainability have access to license holders, contract manufacturers and suppliers to help develop their internal strategy. BioPhorum members are at the forefront of cradle-to-grave sustainable change – at an organization and an industry level.

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The carbon footprint of the global biopharmaceutical industry is nearly equal to half the UK’s annual emissions. While many organizations have science-based targets to reduce their environmental impacts, developing an industry-wide approach will help focus efforts on areas where we can make the greatest impact.

BioPhorum members are pursuing three central goals; reducing carbon footprint, creating a circular economy, and improving environmental impact transparency across the value chain.

The first step on this journey was to create the sustainability roadmap which defines key industry challenges and solutions on the road to a sustainable biopharmaceutical future.

Three opportunities for impactful sustainability within the industry exist:

  • Energy use and emissions
  • Water
  • Plastics.

We have a unique opportunity within BioPhorum to connect strategy and policy to practical application. We can tap into changemakers in our network to accelerate the industry’s sustainability progress across all fronts.

Energy use and emissions

We know that manufacturing facilities are the greatest burden on CO2 emissions. By working towards energy efficiency within facility design and operations, organizations can reduce their greenhouse emissions.


Manufacturing processes are water-intense. Clean water is scarce in many parts of the world. This results in a heightened risk of operational shutdown, risk to business continuity, and ultimately patient access.

While the industry is developing knowledge and expertise around water usage, there is still a lack of innovative solutions. In turn, this reduces an organization’s ability to reduce, reuse and recycle. This is especially prominent where companies need to consider regulatory and quality requirements.

Developing new technologies and solutions to protect clean water will support future operations and continued access to products.


Single-use systems are valuable to the industry but plastic waste and its disposal conflicts with emissions, pollution, and waste targets.

Additionally, plastic is heavily reliant on fossil fuels. Therefore, our members are committed to the responsible deployment of plastics. BioPhorum Sustainability is working hard to collect the critical data to demonstrate plastic waste flows. This can then identify opportunities for circular use and sustainable material design.

It’s through collaborations like BioPhorum Sustainability that we can focus on the biggest issues, simplify our approach and maximize our impact and the pace of that impact to make that real change for those future generations.

Global EHS Program Director

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Development Group

Development Group accelerates and improves the development process of biopharmaceutical medicines for the benefit of the patient. Replacing isolation with collaboration by providing a “safe” space where subject matter experts can work on sharing solutions and best practice on emerging industry trends, implementation of new technologies and common issues whilst ensuring their intellectual property and confidentiality is protected.

Drug Substance

Drug Substance advances excellence in drug substance manufacturing and testing, acting as an industry voice to accelerate technology adoption, implement post-approval change more rapidly and increase confidence in maintaining compliance.

Fill Finish

Fill Finish accelerates development and acceptance of sustainable world-class filling and packaging operations for drug product which meets the future needs of patients. Through innovative solutions resulting from the sharing of expertise, we can overcome common performance challenges and deliver on quality and regulatory compliance.

Information Technology

Information Technology accelerates digital maturity across the ​global pharmaceutical manufacturing industry.


BioPhorum Quality provides a dedicated, safe space for quality professionals from biomanufacturers and contract organizations to coalesce and enhance effective collaboration to address shared industry challenges.


Regulatory CMC brings leaders together who have a common goal – to improve access to medicines through innovation in the Regulatory ecosystem. It provides a dedicated space for strategic leadership and a coordinated industry voice, to move from divergence to convergence.

Supply Chain to Patient

Supply Chain to Patient transforms the performance of global pharmaceutical clinical and commercial outbound supply chains through industry collaboration by creating transparent patient-centric, resilient and agile E2E supply chains, that consistently deliver high-quality medicines ensuring an uninterrupted supply to patients.

Supply Partner

Supply Partner is a trusted advisory group and collaboration that is the engine for driving change across the global industry for all things relevant to the inbound supply chain. Addressing the challenges of complexity, resilience, cost, sustainability, and innovation.


Sustainability enables the industry’s transition to a low carbon, circular future – supporting members to improve patient health while respecting the planet. We activate multi-disciplinary teams drawn from our network to deliver environmental sustainability improvements across the value chain.

Technology Strategy

Technology Strategy acts as one voice of the industry to define strategy, accelerate technology transformation and support technology translation and adoption. With a purpose of enabling the future state of flexible, resilient, sustainable end-to-end biomanufacturing.

An industry perspective on understanding AAV capsid content variants
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An intercompany perspective on practical experiences of predicting, optimizing and analyzing high concentration biologic therapeutic formulations
The Drug Substance 2.0 Strategic Value Framework
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BioPhorum’s holistic approach to container closure integrity
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Digital Plant Maturity Model 3.0
Inaugural BioPhorum Quality face to face – get involved
The next step in building regulatory as a capability to enable strategic innovation across the BioPhorum community
Delivering a Cell and Gene Therapy Outbound Supply Chain Pathway for the Industry
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A vision for the biopharmaceutical industry’s inbound supply chain
A major milestone – a harmonized approach to product carbon footprint data
Technology Roadmap V 2.0
BioPhorum Technology Roadmapping roadmap vision 2.0


Documents including best practices, vision statements and peer reviewed papers to help you take value back to your business.


Discussing all aspects of the biopharmaceutical industry, from digitization and knowledge management to raw materials, supply chain, sustainability and more. Learn from the perspectives of those at the forefront of the industry.


BioPhorum Connect is our podcast series that keeps you up to date with the latest news and trends in the biopharmaceutical industry. From experienced professionals to thought leaders, these podcasts bring you the insights and perspectives of experts from around the world.


A variety of resources including design tools and user requirement specifications to help you improve and streamline your business processes.

Benchmarks and Surveys

Research conducted among the BioPhorum membership providing evidence to support change and identify best practice.

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Access a variety of free tools and papers and other resources designed to provide you with up-to-date information and insights to help you make informed decisions and maximize your success. Access our resources today and start making improving and streamlining your business processes.

Bioreactivity testing in single-use system biomanufacturing
Bioreactivity testing in single-use system biomanufacturing
Bioreactivity testing in single-use system biomanufacturing
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Digital Plant Maturity Model 3.0
Bioreactivity testing in single-use system biomanufacturing