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Why BioPhorum’s trace element approach will save you time, money and wasted batches

Drug products can be heavily impacted when raw materials cause variability – anecdotal evidence suggests that batches worth millions of dollars are sometimes discarded due to trace elements coming through the supply chain. Not only does this increase costs and significantly impact production scheduling, but it could delay the manufacture of drugs that may, ultimately, impact patients. Yet, despite these industry-wide issues, there is no...

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Media and hydrolysates

This paper discusses the issues around trace elements and gives a suggested approach for developing a method for analyzing trace elements in cell culture media and hydrolysates. The approach is based on a ground breaking BioPhorum collaboration that shared blinded data and compared analytical methods between biopharmaceutical and media manufacturers.

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A simplified way to register complex and innovative raw materials in Europe

The regulatory environment for registering innovative and complex raw materials differs by region and country. All national health agencies need to ensure that products proposed for their markets are safe, effective and of appropriate quality, so they need sufficient information to make that assessment. Most national health agencies have a knowledge platform where raw material suppliers can provide information on non-compendial materials –...

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Industry proposal for a simplified registration process of complex and innovative raw materials in Europe

This paper proposes a solution, applicable to all innovative and complex raw materials, to the challenges the biopharmaceutical industry faces with the registration of complex and innovative raw materials in Europe. The biopharmaceutical industry has designed a direct solution to the issue and identified a way to higher quality regulatory submissions, enhanced knowledge, understanding, control and robustness of its products and processes.

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Supplier change notifications – bringing color to a grey area

Regulators require the biopharmaceutical industry to manage changes to raw materials in a compliant way – including those initiated by suppliers. A significant challenge is how to manage the large volume of supplier change notifications (SCNs) while ensuring a compliant and uninterrupted supply of materials for production. Companies often need to manage hundreds of raw material SCNs per year, potentially covering hundreds of materials from a...

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Raw Materials: Supplier change notifications: change areas and requirements

This guidance document identifies the relevant change areas, and for each area, exemplifies the type of changes which the biopharmaceutical industry needs to be informed about. It also lists the required information, in terms of supporting data and documentation, to support notification of changes. This guidance is relevant to all raw materials used to produce biopharmaceutical products, including but not limited to cell culture media, fermentation broth components, column resin, buffers, solvents, and excipients. By highlighting the changes biopharmaceutical industry end-users need to know about and specifying the information required, the intention of this industry-aligned guidance is to reduce the quantity of rework required and the time taken to process change requests. In turn, this will reduce variability in demand patterns as end-users refrain from building extensive inventories to mitigate against the perceived risks which arise from proposed changes. While complete alignment and standardization on the information which should be provided for changes is not possible, a more robust alignment on the typical information required, as set on in this guidance, will significantly improve the current state.

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Would you like to influence plasmid release specifications for CGT?

Plasmids release specifications are critical to the manufacture of many cell and gene therapy products. These specifications exist, but there is unlikely to be alignment between different companies. What is needed is a common language and the ability to reference a shared platform that will increase the confidence, speed and efficacy of data gathering and collaborations. The platform should also help shape future guidelines and regulations...

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Raw materials: Cell and gene therapy critical starting material: a discussion to help establish release specifications for plasmids and the bacterial master cell banks used to produce them

BioPhorum Cell and Gene Therapy is asking for your help – and is giving you the opportunity to have a say in a scientific community discussion that will influence its suggested testing practices for plasmid release specifications. The team is proposing a platform framework for testing plasmid master cell banks and plasmid DNA. 

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