What if we’ve been going at this all wrong for decades? If generics – and biosimilars – are not a sound solution for patients, hospitals, healthcare systems, governments, pharmaceutical companies, or CDMOs, when it comes to all parties profiting from the miracles of our best drugs? Part one in our investigative series.
It's the immutable law: You can have good, you can have cheap, and you can have fast, but you can only have two together. However, when it comes to drug development outsourcing, veteran biopharma executive Robert Discordia has a “magic” formula of sorts. He presented it at this year’s Outsourced Pharma Boston conference.
Our future appears to be in good hands after all. Following on our earlier editorial, here’s a broader measure of the motivations and modus operandi of the youth inhabiting our drug development industry as we head into the 2020s … a decade they can conquer utilizing our outsourcing industry.
I hope Outsourced Pharma readers will enjoy this editorial with Civica Rx President & CEO Martin VanTrieste, featured in this month’s issue of Life Science Leader magazine. VanTrieste has a business plan that could set the generics industry on a new path of full disclosure of drug-manufacture origin, and direct delivery to the point of patient use. Part 2 of this feature will be released next month, with a direct focus on CDMOs and Civica.
The FDA wants continuous processing and manufacturing to move forward. CDER’s even sending emails and writing Impact Stories about the technology. Here’s what three biopharma industry experts — from Merck, BMS, and MIT — think about the pace of adoption.
Justin Klee and Joshua Cohen were just 21 and 22 when they co-founded Amylyx Pharmaceuticals in 2013, while pursuing undergraduate degrees at Brown University. Today, their insights about drug development and manufacturing outsourcing are nothing short of remarkable.
Essential at biopharma: comprehensive lists and analyses to ensure all aspects of your outsourcing (and internal activities) are thoroughly considered as you chart your path forward. "Think big, think long, and think detailed.” So says one biopharma professional who's done it successfully for decades.
The fraud, deception and damage Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd. of India perpetrated around the world a decade ago in the form of shoddy and dangerous drug manufacturing practices, is legendary. It’s time to look back. Katherine Eban, author of “Bottle of Lies: The Inside Story of the Generics Drug Boom” has provided us the means.
What happened to the continuous manufacturing (CM) revolution that was barreling down the biopharma turnpike? One measurement of progress is the five FDA-approved drugs utilizing CM. I’ve heard positive dispositions on how the FDA is doing all it can to break down the adoption doors. But there’s a sentiment within the industry CM gets stuck in the C-Suite.
A recent CDMO press release essentially asserted superiority via proximity: Geography as God of outsourcing. I contacted two biopharma executives familiar with the Boston/Cambridge scene for reactions: Michael Kaufman, Senior Vice President, CMC, Mersana Therapeutics, and 15-year veteran of Merck; and George Avgerinos, Senior Vice President of Biologics Operations, Fortress Biotechnologies, and 22-year veteran of BASF/Abbott/Abbvie.