Guest Columns

  1. Developing Control Strategies For Gene Therapy Products — What Role Should CMOs Play?

    The explosion of gene therapy candidates in clinical development is being led by a diverse set of originators, including many hospital and university labs. While these are great incubators for innovation, the many small labs working in isolation do not have experience in commercializing a medicine for wide and sustained use in patients, and this could slow the acceptance of gene therapies for the people who really need them. Health authorities have recognized the importance of getting gene therapies into standard use and are supporting doing so with accelerated pathways.

  2. Improving Training In Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing

    Whether improvements in the delivery of training in biopharmaceutical manufacturing are needed is an open question, and the answers are not clear-cut. BioPlan recently conducted independent research to address this question.

  3. 5 Strategies To Combat Counterfeit Drugs And Pharma Supply Chain Threats

    Pharma companies ignore the issue of counterfeiting and drug diversion at their own peril. This article discusses noteworthy examples of how drug manufacturers of various sizes are tackling this problem.

  4. CMC For Cell & Gene Therapies — 4 Topics To Discuss During Pre-IND Meetings With FDA

    Seeking early guidance from regulators can be invaluable when navigating preliminary product development strategies. The need for feedback increases significantly when working with cell and gene therapy products (CT/GT). These therapies, once considered a kind of “wild-west,” are becoming more widely accepted. Still, the task of seeking approval from the FDA can be extremely challenging. It’s become vital to get your relationship with the FDA off to a solid start from day one.

  5. Biosimilar Regulatory Inefficiencies: Would Data Sharing Violate The U.S. Constitution?

    In the global biosimilars industry, regulations are administered locally, on a country-by-country basis, inevitably leading to inefficiencies and contradictions in regulatory requirements for biosimilar approval from one country to the next. If those inefficiencies are too great, some companies may delay or forego entirely seeking approval in a jurisdiction where the costs or uncertainties of the regulatory path are too high. 

  6. A Standard Approach To Classify Visible Particles In Parenteral Products

    The presence of visible particles in parenteral biopharmaceuticals remains a hot topic in the industry. Despite regulatory bodies targeting a goal of no visible particles, and despite industry’s focus on further improving the efficacy of inspection processes, particles will continue to be found during production and in the marketplace.

  7. Why All The Hype Around Real-World Evidence? Here’s What You Need To Know

    This is part 2 of a two-part roundtable Q&A on real-world evidence (RWE) in the 21st century. In this installment, our experts discuss how RWE is utilized, why real-world data (RWD) analyses are getting more attention, and what the recent attention means for the future of medical practice and drug development. RWD analyses are utilized to generate insights about a medicine’s effectiveness, safety, and associated costs.

  8. How To Respond To A Failed Batch In A Virtual Supply Chain

    You just discovered a batch of commercial product made by your company’s outsourced supply chain has failed and, at first glance, the failure isn’t due to an analytical error. What do you do next?

  9. Training And Memory Decay In Simulated-Use Testing

    One topic that often generates confusion — and sometimes heated debate — is whether study participants should be trained on a product’s use prior to testing. Trained participants may be more likely to use the product as intended during testing but, as testing is intended to simulate real-life product use, training may not always be appropriate.

  10. Continuous Manufacturing: Why Isn’t It Ubiquitous Yet? (When It Should Be)

    The question is no longer, “Will continuous manufacturing work?”, but “When will everyone be doing it?” But surprisingly, there are still many objections to continuous manufacturing within the biopharma industry.