• Model-Based Control In Continuous Manufacturing of Biotherapeutics

    During continuous processing, automated control techniques coupled with process analytical tools are required to monitor critical quality attributes and implement real-time control decisions to handle deviations. This article is the first in a two-part series examining how model-based control can be effectively implemented in the various unit operations.

  • Marks Took On FDA Vaccine Leadership Position – What Happens Now?

    Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research Director Dr. Peter Marks decided to temporarily take on the leadership of the Office of Vaccine Research and Review after both its director, Marion Gruber, and deputy director, Philip Krause, unexpectedly announced in late August their decisions to exit the FDA.

  • Calculating The Process Capabilities Of Cleaning Processes: A Primer

    The industry has begun the movement to science-, risk-, and statistics-based approaches to cleaning process development and validation. Process capability has become an important measure for demonstrating acceptable cleaning processe performance. Explore process capability, techniques used for its calculation, and how it's applied to cleaning processes. 

  • Benefit Design In Medicare Exacerbates Vaccine Access Inequity

    Vaccines are widely regarded as the most cost-beneficial intervention in healthcare. Unfortunately, and counterintuitively, current cost-sharing policies discourage our most vulnerable population – seniors – from accessing vaccines.

  • The Need For AI/ML In Drug Discovery, Dev, & Clinical Trials

    While an influx of new companies and technologies is spurring innovation in the industry, these startups are increasingly in competition for talent and capital. Although a fairly new area with respect to the use of AI, the drug design and development process is ripe for the application of machine learning and deep learning techniques. 

  • Risk Factors To Consider When Selecting Medical Devices For Pharmaceutical Applications

    While risks can be reduced to a residual level, it is not possible to eliminate a risk entirely. Such risks are foremost about injury to the patient and to the user. Other associated risks may be to the environment or with any data collected. It is incumbent upon the purchaser or distributor to assess a new supplier of medical devices for the relative risk posed by these devices.

  • Updated Orange Book/Biologic Patent Study: Key Learnings

    Recently in 2021, the United States Patent and Trademark Office published an update to its 2019 Orange Book patent/biologic patent study report, analyzing America Invents Act post-grant proceeding outcomes for biologic patents and Orange Book‑listed patents between Sept. 16, 2012, and June 30, 2021. This article shares key learnings.






The debate over whether the biosimilar regulatory paradigm can shift away from comparative efficacy trials has intensified over the past few years. This collection of articles serves as a snapshot of the many different components of this ongoing discussion.

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