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Sandoz Humira Biosimilar Patent Dispute Resolved

Oct 12, 2018

Novartis’ Sandoz has reached a global patent resolution for Hyrimoz (adalimumab), its biosimilar to AbbVie’s Humira (adalimumab).

Janssen, Arrowhead Enter $3.7-Billion Partnership to Treat Hep B

Oct 10, 2018

The companies will develop and commercialize ARO-HBV, a Phase I/II subcutaneous, ribonucleic acid interference therapy candidate being investigated for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B viral infection.

Novartis to Sell Parts of Sandoz in $1-Billion Deal

Sep 06, 2018

Novartis will sell selected portions of its Sandoz United States portfolio to Aurobindo Pharma USA for $900 million in cash, plus $100 million in potential earn-outs.

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Biopharma News

Sandoz Humira Biosimilar Patent Dispute Resolved

Oct 12, 2018

Novartis’ Sandoz has reached a global patent resolution for Hyrimoz (adalimumab), its biosimilar to AbbVie’s Humira (adalimumab).

Roche Acquires Tusk Therapeutics

Oct 11, 2018

Roche has acquired Tusk Therapeutics in a deal worth up to EUR 659 million (US$762 million).

GSK, Hitachi Chemical in T-Cell Manufacturing Pact

Oct 10, 2018

The companies signed a three-year clinical manufacturing agreement to manufacture GlaxoSmithKline’s specific peptide enhanced affinity receptor T-cell receptor therapy for United States, Canadian, and European clinical trials.

Industry News

Scientists Develop New Vaccine for Lassa Fever and Rabies

A new investigational vaccine, LASSARAB, shows promise for use against Lassa fever and rabies.

Congressional Action Alters FDA Policies, Pharma Practices

Congress approves bills with provisions important to FDA and industry, some of which reflect continuing concerns about drug pricing and transparency.

MHRA Seeks Views on ‘No-Deal’ Brexit Legislation and Procedural Changes

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has opened a consultation to seek views on how legislations and procedures of the agency may need to be modified should there be a ‘no-deal’ Brexit scenario.

Supplier News

Almac Invests in Next-Generation Sequencing Capabilities

The company says the new equipment will reduce sample turnaround times and increase variant detection quality and accuracy.

AGC Biologics Adds Mammalian Production Capacity in Japan

The new facility will include comprehensive mammalian process development and manufacturing capabilities.

University College London and Pall Biotech Open Research and Training Center

The UCL-Pall Biotech Centre of Excellence will address industry challenges and provide workforce training.

Upstream Processing

A Plastic Pipeline for Commercial Bioprocessing?

The maturation of single-use technologies presents commercial bioprocessing options for small-volume drug products.

APC and Bavarian Nordic Build 500-L Single-Use Biologics Pilot Plant

The companies partnered to build a 500-L single-use pilot-scale plant for biologics production.

Roquette Showcases Biopharma Innovations at CPhI Worldwide 2018

The provider of plant-based ingredients will present recently launched multi-compendial materials for upstream and downstream biopharmaceutical applications.

Downstream Processing

Validating Virus Clearance in a Single-Use System Part 1: Film Adsorption and Virus Inactivation Studies

This article explores the use of single-use mixing technology in a detergent-based virus inactivation step during a monoclonal antibody production process.

A Plastic Pipeline for Commercial Bioprocessing?

The maturation of single-use technologies presents commercial bioprocessing options for small-volume drug products.

APC and Bavarian Nordic Build 500-L Single-Use Biologics Pilot Plant

The companies partnered to build a 500-L single-use pilot-scale plant for biologics production.

Standards/Regulations

USP Proposes a New Chapter for Rapid Sterility Testing

The US Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) is developing a new chapter for rapid sterility testing of short-life products based on the recommendations of a panel of experts and stakeholders.

Study on an Inactivation Evaluation Method of Cleaning Processes for Biopharmaceuticals

This study was successful in establishing a reliable and effective method for evaluating cleaning processes based on risk.

PDA’s New Technical Report Highlights Data Integrity Management System for Pharma Labs

PDA Technical Report 80 (TR 80): Data Integrity in Laboratory Systems is the first in a series of three technical reports PDA will publish on data integrity.

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Cell and Gene Therapies

GSK, Hitachi Chemical in T-Cell Manufacturing Pact

The companies signed a three-year clinical manufacturing agreement to manufacture GlaxoSmithKline’s specific peptide enhanced affinity receptor T-cell receptor therapy for United States, Canadian, and European clinical trials.

Janssen, Arrowhead Enter $3.7-Billion Partnership to Treat Hep B

The companies will develop and commercialize ARO-HBV, a Phase I/II subcutaneous, ribonucleic acid interference therapy candidate being investigated for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B viral infection.

GE Healthcare, Cobra Biologics, and CPI Team Up for AAV Vector Manufacturing

GE Healthcare, Cobra Biologics, and the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) have entered into a collaboration to advance manufacturing of adeno-associated virus vectors for gene therapy.

Analytics

Almac Invests in Next-Generation Sequencing Capabilities

The company says the new equipment will reduce sample turnaround times and increase variant detection quality and accuracy.

Recent Advances in the Use of Exoglycosidases to Improve Structural Profiling of N-glycans from Biologic Drugs

Analytical exoglycosidases are transitioning from being largely academic tools to being suitable for glycan analytics in biopharmaceutical manufacturing.

Reaction Biology and Promega Partner on Bioassay Tool

The companies collaborated to launch a new cell-based profiling service for biochemical assay.

Formulation

Outsourcing Development: Small-Scale to Commercial

Industry experts discuss the formulation and development issues that should be considered when addressing scale up from small-scale batches to commercial production.

Nanoform Invests in Nanoparticle Technology for Drug Development

The drug particle engineering and nanotechnology company offers a nanotechnology platform that can revive failed drugs in the pharma pipeline.

Thermo Fisher Scientific to Acquire Advanced Bioprocessing Business from BD

Becton Dickinson’s (BD) Advanced Bioprocessing business will be integrated into Thermo Fisher's Life Sciences Solutions segment.

Single-Use Systems

Validating Virus Clearance in a Single-Use System Part 1: Film Adsorption and Virus Inactivation Studies

This article explores the use of single-use mixing technology in a detergent-based virus inactivation step during a monoclonal antibody production process.

A Plastic Pipeline for Commercial Bioprocessing?

The maturation of single-use technologies presents commercial bioprocessing options for small-volume drug products.

APC and Bavarian Nordic Build 500-L Single-Use Biologics Pilot Plant

The companies partnered to build a 500-L single-use pilot-scale plant for biologics production.

mAb Development

Validating Virus Clearance in a Single-Use System Part 1: Film Adsorption and Virus Inactivation Studies

This article explores the use of single-use mixing technology in a detergent-based virus inactivation step during a monoclonal antibody production process.

Assessing Viral Inactivation for Continuous Processing

Testing demonstrates an automated semi-continuous process strategy for viral inactivation with steps that mimic batch processing.

Improving Aggregate Removal to Enhance Clinical Manufacturing of MAbs

Hydrophobic interaction chromatography (HIC) in flow-through mode offers a more efficient and cost-effective polishing/purification process to remove monoclonal antibody aggregates while maintaining purity at ≥99% than a mixed-mode bind/elute procedure.

Vaccine Development

Scientists Develop New Vaccine for Lassa Fever and Rabies

A new investigational vaccine, LASSARAB, shows promise for use against Lassa fever and rabies.

New Analytical Instrument Could Change Vaccine Development Through Faster Viral Detection

Research by Thermo Fisher Scientific and LumaCyte suggests that LumaCyte's Radiance instrument offers the ability to rapidly analyze viral vaccines to speed development and production and ensure their effectiveness.

Study Finds Candidate for Universal Flu Vaccine Protects Against Multiple Strains

Research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania suggests that a universal flu vaccine that protects people against most influenza strains is one step closer to reality.

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