CLOUD COMPUTING – Using Quantum Molecular Design & Cloud Computing to Improve the Accuracy & Success Probability of Drug Discovery
Ed Addison and Shahar Keinan, PhD, explain how cloud computing combined with the continued influence of Moore’s Law has provided an unprecedented opportunity to apply inexpensive high-performance computing to drug discovery.
PACKAGING SOLUTIONS – New Deep-Drawn Alufoil Container Solves Crucial Packaging Issues for Vital Pharmaceutical Products
Georg Buchinger and Cora Helberg show how the adoption of aluminum containers for pharmaceutical products is a natural evolution of a technology used by packaging leaders since the 1990s, and an ideal prophylactic measure for the growing needs of demanding pharma customers.
Bruno Speder and Adrian Wildfire, MS, describe how the concept is being applied to help develop vaccines against a number of common diseases, including influenza, rhinoviruses, respiratory syncytial virus, cholera, malaria, dengue, and Salmonella typhi.
EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW – Capsugel: Choosing the Right Pharmaceutical Design, Development & Manufacturing Partner
Pharmaceutical companies today increasingly require specialized design, development, and manufacturing partners to help bring new and improved drugs to market. These companies need partners of…
Adam Dion, MSc, indicates declining R&D productivity and increased development costs have negatively impacted biopharmaceutical companies, and the need for them to maximize productivity and lower costs in their commercial operations will cause them to look to CRO partners as they enter into outsourcing arrangements.
Kevin James and Shalini S. Dewan of BCC Research believe eliminating the risk of contamination is the greatest challenge faced by manufacturers of biopharmaceuticals, and currently, this requires high-level monitoring of critical manufacturing processes. Single-use technology aids biopharmaceutical manufacturers in overcoming this challenge by reducing or eliminating the need for sterilization between batches, thereby improving operational efficiency.
Divyaa Ravishankar, Frost & Sullivan Analyst, focuses on the innovations around self-monitoring glucose meters and continuous glucose monitoring devices, providing in-depth competitive intelligence on some of the technologies and non-invasive techniques.
Kevin James and Robert G. Hunter of BCC Research say significant growth within the biopharmaceuticals industry is spurring unprecedented innovation in and demand for cell culture products for the purposes of drug discovery and safety testing. While 2D cell cultures have been in laboratory use since the 1950s, the market for 3D cultures has witnessed spectacular growth throughout the past decade.
EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW – Unither Pharmaceuticals: Premeasured Dosage Forms to Improve Medication Adherence
Eric Goupil, CEO Unither Pharmaceuticals, speaks frankly about medication adherence, Unither’s technology, and some of the challenges that they face today.
Divyaa Ravishankar, MS, indicates LOC-based devices are an integration of multiple disciplines and the miniaturization of the major laboratory procedures. Recently, these devices are branching into additional aspects of healthcare, such as drug delivery, stem cell, environmental monitoring, and synthetic biology.
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Catalent to Open Second Clinical Supply Facility; Enables Broader Integrated Solutions for Global & Local Customers
Catalent Pharma Solutions recently announced its plans to invest $2.5 million in a new, second clinical supply facility in Shanghai, China, due to open in early 2019. When completed, the facility is expected to employ 100 people and will double Catalent’s total clinical storage capacity in China.
PCI Pharma Services, a full-service provider of specialist outsourced drug manufacturing, clinical trial services, and commercial packaging to the global biopharmaceutical industry, recently announced the expansion of its Clinical site at Rockford, IL.
Alcami Corporation recently announced its collaboration with Medicines Development for Global Health (MDGH), a not-for-profit Australian biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development of affordable medicines and vaccines for neglected diseases prevalent in low and middle-income countries.
Hovione recently announced a plan to increase production capacity in oral dosage forms in Portugal to strengthen the integrated offering. New commercial-scale equipment for blending, tableting, and coating will complement existing development small-scale equipment.
By 2050, it is projected that the proportion of people aged 65 and older will be more than double that of children aged 5. This global phenomenon is also leading to an increasing number of people suffering from chronic diseases, such as diabetes and osteoporosis.