BioPharm International-01-01-2005

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January 01, 2005

The drive to develop better, faster, and smaller - in other words, more efficient - products is a universal trend in the modern world. This trend has profoundly impacted many industries from microelectronics to packaging equipment. In the biopharmaceutical industry, the need to speed and simplify the long and complex drug manufacturing processes brings additional challenges, such as meeting regulatory requirements.

Manufacturing changes - such as changes in formulation or source material - can impact a product’s immunogenicity.

In order to institute a GxP mindset across the organization, support and respect for quality systems should come from the top down.

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January 01, 2005

You don't need me to tell you how bad the news has been for the pharmaceutical industry in the last two months. First, it was antidepressants for children, then Vioxx. It took maybe 48 hours before the first tort request hit the airwaves, asking to hear from those who'd experienced heart attacks or strokes after taking the drug. Celebrex came next, followed by NIH announcing it put the kibosh on a study of naproxen.

In today's competitive and fast-paced environment, owner companies must get products to market quickly and efficiently. By redefining how they provide services and products, suppliers can enhance their value and help owner companies reap the greatest financial returns.

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January 01, 2005

Protein solutions used for research, vaccines, or therapeutics need to be free of contaminants. One of the chief concerns is the presence of endotoxins (lipopolysaccharides) because their removal from protein solutions is a challenge. Typically, removal techniques utilize adsorption onto surfaces of beads in batch reactions, onto beads packed in columns, or onto membrane surfaces.

Business Strategies

January 01, 2005

In the increasingly competitive world of drug discovery and development, the role of branding is more important than ever. With all the various sectors - big pharma, generics, specialty pharma, and biotechnology -vying for limited dollars, branding must begin early in the development process and, ultimately, play an integral role not only in taking a product to market, but also in sustaining that product against competition, perceived and real.

Plant-Made Biopharmaceuticals

January 01, 2005

Transgenic plant systems promise lower production costs since plants can be grown in a field instead of a cell-culture facility. Also, they provide an alternative production system for proteins that are difficult to express in cell culture.

The re-election of George W. Bush as president and continued Republican control of Congress will shape the healthcare policy agenda for the coming year. Major initiatives to expand healthcare coverage to the uninsured or reform Medicaid are off the administration's priority list, but social security and tax reform may provide additional tax incentives for individuals and small businesses to obtain health coverage and establish health savings accounts.

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January 01, 2005

For years, the pharmaceutical sector has provided a safe haven for investors. I'm not so sure that will be the case in 2005.