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Knowledge management: User requirements specification for a knowledge management system for use in a biopharmaceutical setting

This User Requirements Specification (URS) document will provide a starting point for the biopharmaceutical industry to build true knowledge management (KM) capability. It is intended to help solutions providers innovate in the area of relevant tools and systems by providing guidance on the specific needs of operating companies. The design, implementation and maintenance of a comprehensive KM platform, solution or system is a complicated undertaking — this is because it should ultimately span many functions, disciplines, business processes and all products over their respective lifecycles.

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Start your procurement journey with the right approach to knowledge management

Many IT systems allow information capture, storage and retrieval. And with the advent of advanced analytics and ‘big data’, more and more data can now be connected. However, the way data is transformed into information and then knowledge requires careful consideration. This is why the BioPhorum Knowledge Management Workstream has published a User Requirements Specification for a Knowledge Management System for Use in a Biopharmaceutical Setting...

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Knowledge mapping for the biopharmaceutical industry: A test case in CMC business processes from late-stage development to commercial manufacturing (paper and tool)

The management of knowledge in biopharmaceutical organizations has been recognized as an important challenge over recent years. Defining the pain points and designing successful knowledge management (KM) solutions have proven difficult. To address this challenge, BioPhorum Technology Roadmapping applied a KM best practice methodology to capture a process-based knowledge map for a major business process; this was performed by companies who develop and commercialize new therapies. The resulting assessment of knowledge flows revealed that there are significant challenges to both explicit and tacit knowledge flow across the control strategy and method development / technology transfer processes. Some generalized solutions have been proposed. As part of this work, a detailed spreadsheet tool was developed so that organizations can repeat this work on their business processes to understand their knowledge–flow issues and develop fit-for-purpose solutions.

The knowledge mapping tool is available here. Detailed instructions are available within the tool itself. The data in the sheet reflects that used in the illustrative example documented in the companion paper. The data is intended to be removed and replaced with end users data in support of their own KM efforts.

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Delivering globally on in-line monitoring and real-time release

BioPhorum is increasing its focus on delivering against strategic goals of member companies as outlined in the BioPhorum Biomanufacturing Technology Roadmap. The first step in achieving this is to form a team with a cross-Phorum focus to implement these technologies – the ILM/RTR Adoption team. The team will look at the ongoing work and opportunities to collaborate on environmental, organizational and technical factors that can be most readily addressed at industry level.

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How plug-and-play will help you glide through the biomanufacturing dance

​​It is pretty clear that automation can improve efficiency, track performance and liberate operators from mundane routines. But with it comes cost and time factors around customization, communication and validation. So, the challenge is not just how to automate, but how to do it well. Using a ‘plug-and-play’ approach can greatly enhance the benefits of automation. By standardizing the communication framework, it can substantially cut the time...

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Buffer Stock Blending (BSB) System: Published papers describing the project, drivers, concept and economic model

Buffers are critical inputs into all downstream processing steps associated with the manufacture of therapeutic proteins. The large volumes of buffer required present ongoing logistical challenges and account for a significant portion of a facility’s footprint, labor requirements and equipment costs. To address these challenges a collaboration of leading biopharmaceutical companies, engineering firms and suppliers has been working together to develop a design for a Buffer Stock Blending (BSB) System to support the preparation of buffers in-line and on demand from concentrated single-component stock solutions. These papers, in the first instance describe the project and activities up to the award of the contract to IPEC, the industry drivers for change and the novel approach to buffer preparation, and in the second paper deep-dive into some of the modeling work done to establish the economics and benefits of the approach.

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