• Regulatory, Legislative Actions Set The Tone For Biosimilars In 2021

    This article focuses on regulatory and legislative actions in 2020 that may impact the burgeoning biosimilars space in 2021 and beyond. In particular, the authors revisit the implications of the March 23, 2020 transition date, as well as FDA’s efforts to address biosimilar competition, interchangeability, and the COVID-19 pandemic. 

  • Changing Perceptions On Bioprocess Intensification, Continuous Processing

    Process intensification and continuous bioprocessing are concepts with inconsistent definitions. What's included often varies greatly and, in some ways, has become more about aspirational goal-setting than actual innovation adoption. Here, BioPlan Associates assesses the changing perspectives of 122 bioprocess decision-makers.

  • The BPCIA And Declaratory Judgment: The Real Dance Partners?

    In theory, the initial exchange process in the first phase of litigation is intended to whittle down the number of patents and initiate resolution of any disputes during FDA review of the aBLA. However, despite its high-minded objectives, litigation under the BPCIA has proven less harmonious than planned. 

  • The Opportunities & Challenges Of India’s Biologics Market

    Biosimilar drugs, due to their affordability, can play an important role and allow the Indian government to have a better healthcare system. However, as issues remain on the regulatory and manufacturing sides, India needs to see strong improvements to compete and appear as an important hub nationally and internationally.

  • 3 Strategies To Address The Biggest Concerns Facing Generic Drug Makers

    Without changes in the market for generics, profits will likely continue to erode in the sector as products become more commoditized. Generic drug makers do have some recourse to help improve margins. We’ve outlined three approaches that are not mutually exclusive for generic drug manufacturers’ future success. Each has its own set of investment requirements, risks, and growth potential.


  • The Second Wave Of Biosimilars: New Scenarios, New Rules

    The arrival of what we could call the first “bio patent cliff” has revealed important lessons that should be taken into consideration when selecting new candidates for the second and third waves.

  • Bioprocessing Year In Review: 11 Key Trends Accelerated By COVID-19

    Despite the morbidity, deaths, and terrible societal disruptions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 will have created something of a positive outcome for the bioprocessing sector.


  • 8 mm Needle – Improving Subcutaneous Chronic Drug Delivery

    This paper describes how reducing needle length can improve the risk profile of subcutaneous injections and can make injecting viscous formulations easier and quicker, and highlights BD’s development programme for an innovative shorter needle with ultra-thin walls for prefilled syringes.

  • User Experience For Manual Injection Of 2 mL Viscous Solutions Is Enhanced By A New Prefillable Syringe

    Although subcutaneous administration improves patient compliance and quality of life by enabling at-home injections, as compared to intravenous or intramuscular route, the associated anxiety, pain, discomfort, and the frequency of injections can play a significant role in patient non-adherence with chronic subcutaneous treatments. In order to address these challenges, through reducing the required frequency of subcutaneous injections and increasing injection comfort for novel biotherapeutics, drug delivery systems are needed to enable the administration of large-volume injections and/or high-viscosity drugs. We developed a pre-fillable glass syringe featuring a stacked 8 mm needle with an ultra-thin wall (UTW) cannula technology as a solution.

  • Ensuring Consistency In The Supply Of Cell Culture Media

    This paper describes a robust, global manufacturing network for cell culture media that supports capacity expansion to meet growing demand and ensure business continuity.

  • Viral Clearance: The Basics On How To Conduct Effective Studies

    Effective viral clearance studies remain one of the challenges facing manufacturers of biologics. These studies are an essential part of process validation and are critical to ensure drug safety. This article provides the basics of what you need to know when studying virus reduction of a chromatography step.

  • Integrated Tools For Upstream Process Intensification: Part II

    Changes to bioprocessing methodologies in the biopharmaceutical industry are being driven by the need for increased speed, a lower cost of goods (COGs) and greater flexibility. Faster development times are required to progress biologics and vaccines more rapidly into clinical development and then to market to improve worldwide accessibility. Continue reading in part 2 of this series how in order for intensified and continuous bioprocessing to deliver on these quality and productivity promises, there is a requirement for intelligently designed products.





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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