The BioPhorum Report 2020 consists of industry views and opinions, and includes more than 50 interviews with industry leaders and subject matter experts. It highlights examples of how participating in BioPhorum, and applying best practices and learnings, have resulted in benefits for members, the industry and, ultimately, the patient.
As we find ourselves amid a global pandemic, BioPhorum’s collaborations and technical documents explore, propose and define industry best practices. The Report looks at how applying these guidelines can scale-up operations and get products to market faster, as well as delivering efficiency and cost benefits.
This revised extractables protocol for polymeric single-use components in biopharmaceutical manufacturing is based on an extensive scientific review and represents the combined opinion of the biopharmaceutical manufacturers and, crucially, the supply chain. It will reduce costs and focus people on the important data points. The protocol provides guidance on the suggested methods for extractables studies, including sample preparation, extraction conditions, recording test-article sampling conditions, and reporting data from the analysis of extracts. Flexibility is built-in, allowing suppliers to alter many study parameters due to restrictions based on the use of SUS, physical form factor, chemical compatibilities, etc.
The new protocol includes significant changes to the 2014 version, including the removal of 5M sodium chloride and 1% Polysorbate 80 as extraction solvents, the elimination of the time-point zero interval, and the elimination of elemental analysis of 50% Ethanol extracts.
Consistent reporting and presentation of extractable data by suppliers is critical to the fast and reliable assessment of single use systems by users for new solutions. The BioPhorum approach to reporting and presenting extractable data is now the industry standard and adoption of this approach enables all single use suppliers to fit together in an industry ecosystem that effectively supports the continued growth of adoption of single use technologies in biopharmaceutical manufacturing. This pack contains a guide and documents to help single use suppliers and integrators set up their webpages papers and present their extractable data in a way that aligns with the industry standard and extends the ecosystem. Once implemented this approach enables integrators and biomanufacturers to build an extractables profile for a system without needing to transcribe the data, saving time on new designs and minimising the need for expensive custom extractable studies.
Forecasting and demand planning are not well develop or effective integrated between biopharma manufacturers and suppliers in comparison with other industries with complex supply chains. This inhibits the ability of the sector to develop effective and agile supply chains to support rapid growth of products and is a major cause of shortages and the remedial work needed to keep supply chains functioning and products available. Leading end users and suppliers have undertaken considerable work to find solutions to enable biomanufacturers and their suppliers to plan commercial biologic drug manufacturing more effectively. This Forecasting and supply planning: a best practice industry guide, and the companion assessment tool defines the participating biomanufacturers’ and suppliers’ perspectives of the current state of the industry, the roadblocks to success and takes a ‘blue sky vision’ of best practices and the business case for changing the current situation.
In order to define, prioritize and measure improvement opportunities across the industry, the Forecasting and Supply Planning maturity assessment enables organizations to assess their status in relation to industry norms and best practice. More importantly, an assessment’s results provide a blueprint for the strengths and weaknesses that an organization needs to address to elevate its forecasting and supply planning processes.
Independent industry surveys have shown that concerns about extractables and leachables are the number one barrier to implementing disposables technologies.There is clear regulatory guidance around what is required by regulatory authorities such as the EMA, yet to date there has been limited or no information (consensus or best practice) on how companies should do this.
It is impossible to define the raw materials used in the biopharmaceutical industry with a single set of regulatory or compliance criteria. What is considered fit-for-function changes depending on the product attributes and the intended customer. This tool standardizes and structures the risk assessment process, addressing three fundamental questions when determining raw material fit-for-function: What user requirement is the raw material designated to perform? What material attributes are essential to the designated function and what might have unintended consequences? This paper helps improve communication between – and within – manufacturers and suppliers and enables users to make uniform, evidence-based decisions on risks and priorities concerning raw materials. An industry-wide methodology for the resolution of high-impact raw material variability issues.
Raw material variability and control in the supply chain are important matters for the biopharmaceutical industry. The industry is still working to align the supply performance with biopharma's needs. More still needs to be done to understand, monitor and control of raw materials. Patient well-being is best assured by reducing or eliminating variability of the finished drug product, and this can be achieved, in part by targeted reduction and/or elimination of variation in raw materials. This paper identifies ten areas of practice endorsed by leading global biopharmaceutical manufacturers to start to address and reduce raw material variation through our supply chains.
Single-use technology is growing fast in the biopharmaceutical industry, but designing new single-use systems involves a long, iterative process between end-user and supplier to ensure quality, regulatory, and technical requirements are met. Wouldn’t it be convenient if all these requirements were captured in a toolkit? BioPhorum and BPSA have created templates aligned with industry standards (i.e. ASTM E3051) which will simplify the single-use design process. The Single-Use User Requirement (SUUR) Template helps end users to communicate process/application details and SU requirements to suppliers, who in return can affirm or describe their capabilities to meet these requirements. The Technical Diligence Templates are pre-populated with end-user requests for detailed information that describes how suppliers may fulfil specific user requirements. Supplier responses allow end users and suppliers to make informed decisions and reduce gaps in understanding. The Supply Chain Template allows end users to request supply chain-related information and gives suppliers with a dedicated document to respond to this request. These templates combine to provide the industry with a set of common user requirements, clarity on criteria for fulfilling these requirements, and a mechanism for transmitting supply chain-related information. Adoption of these templates will yield distinct advantages to both end-users and suppliers in terms of compliance, time, and efficiency. Quality and compliance is improved by documenting and aligning expectations. Further, the tools enable clear and consistent communication, fostering a right-first-time approach to the design of single-use components.
The biopharmaceutical industry is increasingly dependent on the use of single use systems to enable manufacturing. These systems are often customised and built from many parts, from a range of component suppliers. Change notification and change management in this complex ecosystem is very difficult unless all suppliers, integrators and users follow the same system and standards for change notification. This guide provides guidance on the classification of changes, helping those implement the best practice establish consistency in their teams and thereby helping them adopt the change notification practices more effectively. Adoption of these practices enables your company to connect more effectively with the global supply chain and avoid the impact and delay from misunderstood change notifications
The biopharmaceutical industry is increasing dependant on the use of single use systems to enable manufacturing. These systems are often customized and built from many parts, from a range of component suppliers. Change notification and change management it this complex ecosystem is very difficult unless all suppliers, integrators and users follow the same system and standards for change notification. This guide provides a definition of best practices that once adopted across the ecosystem will deliver an effective and harmonized change notification system between companies. Specifically it provides an understanding that all companies should categorize changes,standardizes content of a pre-notification and a notification and provides a reporting template, and workflow
The complexity of the support networks needed to deliver biopharma products, makes good supply chain mapping (SCM) essential to ensure reliable drug product supply. This is especially the case given the impact that natural disasters, adverse weather and politics can have on supply chain security.
This guide from the Supply Chain Mapping workstream can be tailored to the needs of both suppliers and manufacturers and helps them map and master supply chain risk. The guide details reasons why companies should adopt the approach, an implementation model, a standardized questionnaire to collate and manage basic supplier data and a maturity model against which a company can assess its own level of supply chain mapping and understanding.