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Development of a New Antibody-Drug Conjugate Diafiltration Process and Use of a Novel TFF Capsule

June | 2017
  • Presenters: Eric Lacoste, Head of ADC Process Development Team at Sanofi
  • Abstract
    This webinar highlights Tangential Flow Filtration (TFF) case studies during Antibody Drug Conjugate (ADC) process development within Sanofi and provides preliminary results on a novel single-use TFF capsule.

    ADC therapies have been a booming field within the last decade, and remain a key possibility for Paul Ehrlich’s vision of a “magic bullet” concept for personalized medicine. However, ADC process development and manufacturing remain very challenging due to the intrinsic complexity of these drug entities.

    The generic ADC process is composed of at least three steps: chemical reactions in aqueous buffer (including some organic solvent); purification and formulation steps. This webinar will highlight TFF case studies during ADC purification process development within Sanofi, and will provide preliminary results using a novel single-use TFF capsule. This new device is designed to replace standard TFF cassettes, providing the same level of performance while offering improved process containment.

    In this webinar, you will learn:
    • TFF process development
    • Implementation of a TFF capsule instead of cassette


Accelerated ADC Development with Integrated Supply Chain Solutions

May | 2017
  • Presenters: Lisa McDermott,Principal Scientist, Process & Analytical Development & Guillaume Plane, Global Development and Marketing Manager
  • Abstract
    This webinar will highlight the advantages when working with one source on your mAb, linker/ payload supplies and conjugation services.

    While ADCs represent a promising new type of therapy, the corresponding supply chain of monoclonal antibodies, payloads and linkers presents a significant challenge. This webinar will highlight the advantages when working with one source on your mAb, linker/ payload supplies and conjugation services. We will showcase the accelerators during the journey of the ADC to move from development to market faster. For example, how we manage to process the mAb from cell to clinic within 12 months. And address seamless process and analytical control strategies by integrating linker/payload and conjugation chemistry.

    In this webinar you will learn:
    • Advantages of a fully integrated supply chain
    • How to accelerate mAb process development
    • Process control strategies for ADC programs


Critical Quality Factors of Biodegradable Polymers for Injectable Sustained-release Formulations

April | 2017
  • Presenter: Prof. Dr. Karsten Mäder, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg
  • Abstract
    This webinar will discuss critical quality polymer parameters for injectable sustained-release formulations.

    Controlled-release formulations of drugs administered through injection help to improve patient comfort and compliance as they reduce the frequency of administrations while providing the same therapeutic efficacy. Using biodegradable polymers, such as PLA and PLGA, the drug release can be controlled and extended over weeks to months. However, for these sustained release formulations, there are a number of critical quality parameters which one needs to be aware.

    In this webinar, you will learn:
    • The fundamentals of formulation with PLA and PLGA
    • Critical quality polymer parameters based on the formulation
    • Optimized release through alternative polymer end groups (PEGs)


Challenges and Options in High Viscosity Tangential Flow Filtration

April | 2017
  • Presenter: Dr. Paul Beckett, Technology Manager Life Sciences, EMEA
  • Abstract
    Overview of available TFF solutions for achieving high viscosity of monoclonal antibodies and plasma IgG, and strategies for reliable cycle-to-cycle cleaning.

    Current trends in the bioprocessing industry are driving mAb and plasma producers to formulate at higher protein concentrations. As a result, formulating using tangential flow filtration (TFF) may be limited in reaching these concentrations due to high pressures caused by highly viscous feed streams. Filtration devices used during processing have to be optimized in order to handle both high viscosity and pressures while maintaining high flux and excellent product recovery.

    In this webinar, we will review a recent study in which a family of filtration devices was evaluated to characterize the impact of membrane material and channel geometry on process performance and cleanability when working with high concentration feed streams. The results show the performance of each filtration device over multiple re-uses and presents a solution that can overcome process limitations due to high viscosity formulations.

    In this webinar you will learn:
    • Options to achieve higher concentration
    • Cleaning recommendations for TFF cassettes used in high viscosity feedstreams
    • Performance comparison between device design in TFF cassettes


Product Aggregation in Bioprocessing: Origins, Prevention, and Removal

March | 2017
  • Presenter: Dr. Paul Beckett, Technology Manager Life Sciences, EMEA
  • Abstract
    The tendency for most biological products to self-associate and aggregate, often irreversibly, is a considerable challenge in process management and design, as aggregated product leads to patient safety concerns, process challenges and lost yield. Therefore, it is important to reduce the aggregation of the biological product during processing and to remove aggregates efficiently and effectively.

    In this webinar you will learn:
    • How and why biological product aggregates form within a bioprocessing environment, based on process conditions and biochemistry, and how these are detected
    • Strategies for reducing the risk of aggregation at each stage of the process
    • Proven methods for removal of aggregates effectively


Hot Melt Extrusion with Polyvinyl Alcohol: Overcoming Challenges in API Solubility and Bioavailability

March | 2017
  • Presenter: Dr. Finn Bauer, Director for Solid Formulations R&D, Merck
  • Abstract
    This webinar will discuss how to overcome challenges in API solubility and bioavailability by using polyvinyl alcohol as a matrix polymer in hot melt extrusion.

    Poor solubility of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) is a critical challenge in oral solid drug development. It is estimated that up to 90 % of drugs in the pharmaceutical pipeline are poorly soluble. For these APIs, an advanced formulation that increases solubility can be the key factor in bringing the drug to market.

    One formulation technology to increase solubility and, consequently, improve bioavailability of drugs is hot melt extrusion (HME). It is a solvent-free process that is applicable to a broad range of APIs. With this technology, the API is dispersed, often down to the molecular level, into a polymer matrix to form an amorphous solid dispersion or solid solution. Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) is a well-established pharmaceutical excipient that provides special functionalities as a new HME matrix polymer.

    This webinar will discuss the basic challenges of HME in solubility enhancement combined with stable, high drug loads. Case studies will include data addressing a variety of parameters from extrusion to final formulation, such as API application range, stability of extrudates, and release kinetics.

    In this webinar you will learn:
    • Fundamentals of hot melt extrusion for pharmaceuticals
    • Application of PVA to increase API solubility, achieve stable, high drug loads, and expand the application range of HME
    • How to modify the release kinetics in subsequent drug formulations


Review of a Supplier's Quality Control while Manufacturing Single-Use Systems

Nov. | 2016
  • Presenter: Michael Felo, Director Mobius Single-Use, Merck
  • Abstract
    Single-Use systems, enabling faster more cost effective bio-pharma manufacturing, must also meet high quality parameters and standards while conducting component qualification, manufacturing operations, inprocess testing, and final product release.

    For single use systems, quality control during the manufacturing process is critical. In a traditional stainless-steel system, the end user has significant control over the design, construction, qualification and validation, and maintenance of the system. When implementing a single-use system, the supplier of the single use product takes responsibility for many of these functions from the user. It is therefore important that the single use supplier has established and follows a strong quality control system. This presentation will highlight the quality systems, processes, facilities, and personnel required to assure the performance, robustness, and sterility of single use systems.

    In this webinar you will learn:

    • The process used to qualify components, suppliers and sub-suppliers
    • Managing documentation control, change control, process particulate control, risk mitigation practices
    • See examples of Extractables Testing, Validation of MFG processes, MFG Controls, Sterilization Qualification, Realease Testing and Certification, Integrity Assurance


Processing of Small Biological Molecules by TFF

Nov. | 2016
  • Presenter: Emily Peterson, Biomanufacturing Engineer, Merck
  • Abstract
    Strategies to overcome key limitations and challenges such as higher molecular osmotic pressure and lower membrane permeability when customizing small molecule (3-10 kDa) TFF processing.

    Due to their higher osmotic pressures and mass transfer coefficients, small molecules in the range of 3 – 10 kDa, like insulin, often require unique processing conditions as compared to those of larger molecules. TFF processing strategies developed for larger molecule applications may not be appropriate and can lead to an increase in process variability and sub-optimal performance.

    This webinar explores:

    • The key limitations and challenges typically observed with small biological molecule TFF processing
    • Explains the strategies required for optimal success with your TFF step


PEGylation: A Successful Path to Drug Delivery

April | 2016
  • Presenters:
    • Aaron Hammons, Business Development Manager, Drug Delivery Compounds, Merck
    • Dr. Frank Leenders, Chief Operating Officer, celares GmbH
  • Abstract
    PEGylation is an established and successful tool for improving the pharmacokinetics (PK) of a drug by extending its therapeutic half-life. Parenterally applied medicines such as innovative biotherapeutics benefit particularly from PEGylation. Since 1990, PEGylated forms of 14 drugs have been launched on the market. Neulasta®, Pegasys®, PEG-Intron®, Cimzia®, and Mircera® are prominent examples of PEGylated products with global annual turnovers of billions of dollars.

    Developing PEGylated drugs require knowledge of both biology and chemistry. With an increasing number of biosimilars and novel products approaching the market, the pressure for process optimization and cost reduction is high. At the same time, PEGylated drugs are expected to be of extremely high quality.

    The webinar addresses critical success factors such as:

    • Strategies for efficient conjugation of PEG to biomolecules
    • Challenges in the purification of PEGylated biomolecules
    • Criticality of raw material quality and specifications

    Neulasta is a registered trademark of Amgen Inc.
    Mircera and Pegasys are registered trademarks of F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG
    PEG-Intron is a registered trademark of MSD Sharp & Dohme
    Cimzia is a registered trademark of UCB S.A.



Recent Developments in Oral Sustained Release Formulations

March | 2016
  • Presenters:
    • Dr. Adela Kasselkus, Marketing Manager Bioavailability Enhancement, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
    • Dr. Gudrun Birk, Head of Controlled Release, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
  • Abstract
    Modified release formulations offer numerous opportunities, including the possibility to improve the therapeutic efficacy of a drug. There are numerous approaches for modified release, each with its own benefits and drawbacks.

    This session discusses various solutions for sustained release formulations, long established as well as new functional excipients which may present an alternative, supported by case studies as well as benchmarking studies.


QbD: How can excipient suppliers support you?

March | 2016
  • Presenter: Dr. Leo Ohrem, Portfiolio Manager Solid Dose, Merck
  • Abstract
    QbD (Quality by Design) is of growing importance to the pharmaceutical industry – both for novel drugs and generics. Driven by health authorities worldwide, pharmaceutical manufacturers are under increasing pressure to implement QbD principles and thereby increase control over product quality. This also impacts excipient supply.

    This webinar outlines how excipient suppliers can support these QbD efforts. User-supplier cooperation is essential in controlling critical parameters once these have been defined. Defining the design space requires QbD samples – are these available, and what can be done if not? The webinar shows a way out of this trap.


Change Control Process: Securing Your Supply Chain for Filters

Jan. | 2016
  • Presenter: Kenneth Muzykewicz, Director of Membrane Process and Technology, Merck
  • Abstract
    Changes happen. Suppliers go out of business. Plants consolidate. Drug product lifecycles exceed the lifecycles of the raw materials on which they’re reliant. We are committed to controlling, managing and communicating changes in the most stringent and highest quality manner to ensure your security of supply. In this webinar, Kenneth Muzykewicz will provide you with an overview of our change control process for critical raw materials within our filters.

    Join us for this webinar as we will focus on our:

    • Validation strategy & philosophy
    • Step by step approach to validation
    • Success criteria

    And learn how we:

    • Demonstrate no adverse effect on product performance
    • Define equivalence
    • Minimize the impact of change on your process


Enhancing Bioavailability with Inorganic Drug Carriers

Sept. | 2015
  • Presenters: Gudrun Birk, Head of Controlled Release, Merck and
    Dr. Alena Wieber, Head of Customized and Oral Formulations, Merck
  • Abstract
    Most active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) lack aqueous solubility during pharmaceutical drug product development, and one in three drug candidates offers poor bioavailability (BA) in the preclinical stage. Various strategies are commonly used to enhance drug bioavailability, and carriers can improve the aqueous solubility of drug candidates. Inorganic carriers such as porous silica-based particles are advantageous, as the material is safe (GRAS) and can easily be formulated into a final oral dosage form (tablet or capsule). This webinar discusses the proof of concept and formulation strategy for silica-based drug carriers, exemplified by different case studies of poorly soluble drug candidates.


Reducing Costs in Solid Dose Formulations

July | 2014
  • Presenter: Dr. Leo Ohrem, Portfolio Development Manager, Merck
  • Abstract
    Reducing costs is a constant concern in pharmaceutical production. However, choosing the cheapest raw materials may not be the optimal choice with regards to the overall cost of ownership. In this webinar, we highlight how the proper selection of functional excipients can help reduce overall costs. The webinar discusses stability issues arising from excipient byproducts, which can lead to prolonged development time, as well as mechanical stability of the finished product.

    Mechanical stability becomes relevant in large scale operations due to the fact that subsequent handling of a robust tablet leads to less scrap rate in the final quality check. Additionally, excipients with high functionality may enable the formulator to reduce the number of single excipients needed in a formulation. This minimizes time for development and registration as well as risk for further API interaction and reduces costs. Most importantly is to achieve possibilities for direct compression as a process in competition with wet granulation.

    This webinar presentation showes how to overcome the most prevalent technical limitations for direct compression including content uniformity, compressibility and flow.