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November/December 2015

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SINGLE-USE MARKET – Rise of Single-Use Technologies & Systems in Biopharmaceuticals

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.

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DRUG DEVICE MARKET – Joining Forces: Global Markets for Drug-Device Combinations

Kevin James and Kevin Gainer of BCC Research indicate the development of the market for combination products is closely related to the drug delivery systems sector, which represents a vast area of research and the demand for sophisticated drug delivery devices behind many novel product developments.

DIAGNOSTIC TESTING – Diabetes Diagnostic Testing: A Move From Invasive to Non-Invasive Testing

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.

CELL CULTURE MARKET – 3D Cell Cultures: Next Generation & New Challenges

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.

SINGLE-USE MARKET – Rise of Single-Use Technologies & Systems in Biopharmaceuticals

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.

COLORECTAL CANCER MARKET – Targeted & Immune System-Based Therapeutics Emerge as Prominent Treatment Modalities

Barbara Gilmore, Frost & Sullivan Analyst, reports that a vast number and variety of remedies are steadily joining the treatment pipeline for colorectal cancer. High incidence of the disease, unmet clinical needs, and significant commercial potential are attracting drug developers to the market.

STEM CELL MARKET – Stem Cell Therapy to Redefine Regenerative Medicine

Jane C. Andrews, PhD, Frost & Sullivan Analyst, says faced with increasing challenges, such as costly treatments and treatments that are palliative rather than symptomatic, the global healthcare industry today is gradually transforming itself. With few existing therapies capable of curing or significantly changing the course of a disease, healthcare providers are starting to look toward regenerative medicine as a viable alternative.

ALBUMIN MARKET – Global Human Albumin Market: Extra Revenues to Come Through Non-Therapeutic Applications

Aish Vivekanandan, Frost & Sullivan Analyst, reports that human albumin is widely considered as a plasma replacement or expander for therapeutic purposes. However, for over a decade, the healthcare industry has been exploring the use of human albumin as a non-therapeutic substance/excipient for commercial settings.

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.

MICRONEEDLE TECHNOLOGY – The New Potential of Microneedles for Biologics & Small Molecules

Lisa A. Dick, PhD, describes how microneedle technology is being applied in two new transdermal systems using solid and hollow microneedles, which have the ability to deliver small molecules as well as biologics, opening up the potential for self-administration of a broad array of APIs

LOC-BASED DEVICES – Lab on Chip – How Far Are We Along the Road?

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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