Regulatory Approval of Three Rapid Microbiological Methods for MACI Release

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John Duguid, Senior Director, at Vericel Corporation in Cambridge, and Nicola Reid, Senior Product Manager at Charles River

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Title:Regulatory Approval of Three Rapid Microbiological Methods for MACI Product Release Rapid detection of contaminants is essential for cell therapy products with short shelf lives. Integrating quality into the process through lot segregation, raw material qualification, environmental control, personnel training, and detailed procedures is critical because final results for conventional microbiological tests may not be available prior to product release or patient administration. EMA approval of the MACI MAA in 2013 followed by US FDA BLA approval in 2016 included three RMM product release assays for sterility, endotoxin, and mycoplasma. Followed by Data Integrity: Eliminating Risk & Human Error by Utilising Cartridge Technology Presented by Nicola Reid, Senior Product Manager at Charles River – Microbial Solutions The human element can never be completely eliminated in Bacterial Endotoxin Testing, but what can be done to mitigate the risk for human error and how does it relate to the data integrity problem? Reducing the risk for human error in our manufacturing and laboratory processes will ensure that we comply with data integrity laws and regulations while building quality into our everyday processes and thus keeping our patients and our drugs safe. As laboratory testing shifts from observation-based qualitative methods to more objective quantitative methods, focus on data integrity becomes more critical to ensure overall product quality and patient safety. We’ll apply those principal to an invalid BET example to see how the result can potentially cripple your manufacturing timelines. There’s no mistake that the LAL assay is the gold standard for endotoxin testing, and advances in science have allowed for improvement in how it’s utilized. The end result is the revolutionary cartridge technology.

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