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Introducing Chromassette®, a modular chromatography platform enabling next-gener

Title: Introducing Chromassette®, a modular chromatography platform enabling next-generation bioprocess purification.

We will introduce Chromassette® and an application example of an integrated rapid single pass process from harvest to purified bulk, a concept demonstrated by AbbVie. Chromassette is a stackable, single-use and pre-packed chromatography cassette with a supported bed, addressing the current key challenges in manufacturing. Chromassette enhances the separation capabilities of chromatography resins and combines it with the convenience of a modular cassette.
Recorded Apr 5 2019 48 mins
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Ping Huang, Director, Head of DS BioProcesses, OED, Abbvie at Redwood and Masayoshi Nagaya, Sr. Global Technology Manager
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    Santosh Whatkar, Senior Manager, Automation and Digital Technology at Pfizer
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    Case Study:  

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    Anders Sparén Associate Principal Scientist at AstraZeneca and Ed Gooding, MicroNIR Photonic Applications Specialist at VIAVI
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    Eric Munson, Professor and Head at Purdue University
    Full Title: High-Resolution Characterization of Structure, Interaction, and Miscibility of Drug Products

    The local interactions between a drug and its surrounding environment is critical in both small and large molecule formulations. For small molecules, the drug-polymer interaction is needed to ensure that the drug does not crystallize in an amorphous solid dispersion. For proteins, phase separation in lyophilized formulations will lead to reduced stability and the potential for aggregation. In this presentation, the ability to probe these local structures and interactions in both small and large molecule systems will be shown. Case studies will be presented that demonstrate how structural properties (e.g. degrees of interaction, changes in conformation) can impact functional properties such as crystallization and aggregation.

    Eric Munson of Purdue University

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    Jason Creasey, Managing Director at Maven E&L and Karen Pieters, Ir. Team Leader E&L at Nelson Labs Europe
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    Petra Booij, Investigator at GlaxoSmithKline & Dr Kyle D’Silva, Pharma & BioPharma Marketing Leader, Thermo Fisher Scientific
    Full Title: Identification of unknown extractables and leachables using mass spectrometry: Identification with confidence?

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    Maura Kibbey Senior Scientific Fellow, Global Biologics at USP and Martin Wisher, Global Head of Regulatory Affairs at Merck
    Presented by Maura C. Kibbey, Ph.D., Senior Scientific Fellow, Global Biologics U.S. Pharmacopeia
    Followed by an Industry Perspective presented by Martin Wisher, PhD, Global Head of Regulatory Affairs at Merck

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  • Biopharmaceutical process development – Trends/ Challenges/Opportunities Recorded: Nov 20 2019 64 mins
    Kumar Gaurav, AGM (Regulatory Affairs) at Panacea Biotec Ltd and Sudhakar Nagaraj, Principal Scientist, SLS at Pall Biotech
    Presented by Kumar Gaurav, AGM (Regulatory Affairs) at Panacea Biotec Ltd

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    QbD-Bringing Improvements in Biologics development and Manufacturing Space

    Followed by Quality by Design (QbD) Approach for a Virus Filtration Application
    Presented by Sudhakar Nagaraj, Principal Scientist, SLS – Global Regulatory and  Validation Consulting group at Pall Biotech

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  • Biopharmaceutical Process Model Evolution – Enabling Process Knowledge Continuum Recorded: Nov 15 2019 67 mins
    Saly Romero-Torres, PhD, of Biogen and David Lovett & John Mack of Perceptive Engineering
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    Presented by Saly Romero-Torres, PhD, Senior Manager, Advanced Data Analytics, Biogen

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    Followed a Presentation by David Lovett, Managing Director & John Mack, Engineering Director at Perceptive Engineering
  • Just in Time Release of CAR T Cell Therapies Recorded: Nov 11 2019 77 mins
    Irving Ford, Head of CAR T QC Laboratories at Celgene and Lori Daane, Pharma Microbiology Scientific Director at bioMérieux
    Presented by Irving Ford, Head of CAR T QC Laboratories at Celgene

    The views and opinions expressed during the Webinar are those of the presenter.

    Currently CAR T products typically represent the final treatment option for patients suffering from various forms of cancer. It is critical that CAR T products are manufactured and returned to the patient in an expedited manner. As such manufacturers of CAR T products must adopt and utilize Quality Risk Management (QRM) principles during manufacture, testing, and release.
    Risk based contamination control strategies must be employed from apheresis collection through final product release. A risk assessment, encompassing each step of the manufacturing process, should be performed to highlight potential areas of microbial ingress. Where possible, mitigating actions must be implemented eliminate the risk or to reduce the risk to an acceptable risk level.
    Based on a well-defined and documented microbial contamination control strategy, it should be possible for manufacturers to implement a just-in-time microbiological release strategy. This Webinar will highlight microbial contamination control and testing strategies that can be employed throughout each stage of the manufacturing process that will allow for a potential just in time release of CAR T products.

    Followed by an Industry Perspective presented by Lori Daane, Pharma Microbiology Scientific Director at bioMérieux

    Lori Daane is the Director of Scientific Affairs at bioMérieux and has experience in clinical, environmental and industrial microbiology. She is a technical expert on Rapid and Alternative Methods and participates in the sourcing and evaluation of new technologies and potential partnerships in the field of microbial control. She provides scientific support to the Healthcare Business in North America and is responsible for managing feasibility testing and method development for bioMérieux instruments and culture media products.
  • Viral Safety by Design for Cell and Gene Therapy Products Recorded: Nov 11 2019 67 mins
    Mark Plavsic, Chief Technology Officer at Lysogene & Archie Lovatt, Life Sciences Biosafety Scientific Director at SGS
    Together with product efficacy, product safety is an essential characteristic of any medicinal product including cell and gene therapy (C&GT) biologics. Adventitious agents (viruses, bacteria, mycoplasma, prions, etc) pose constant risk to these biologics, and, as such they may impact directly product and patient safety. It is therefore of supreme importance to intentionally (by design) employ effective measures across the whole C&GT product manufacturing process to mitigate risk of adventitious agents. This presentation will review various interconnected steps throughout the manufacturing process, from the raw materials to the fill and finish, that would, in concert, help mitigate the risk while providing a high degree of product safety by design.
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    Ravi Kalyanaraman and Jeremy Peters of BMS and Robert Heintz of Thermo Fisher Scientific
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    by Dr. Robert Heintz, Senior Applications Specialist at Thermo Fisher Scientific

    Raman microscopy is uniquely suited for providing essential information for pharmaceutical forensic applications. The use of visible lasers allows for analysis of very small samples with spatial resolutions down to a micron or better. Materials can be analyzed in glass containers and through transparent packaging. Mapping and imaging provides information on the spatial distribution of components as well as particle sizes and shapes. Confocal operation allows for probing inside transparent materials and analyze different layers or inclusions without the need to cut or cross-section the sample. Raman microscopy is non-destructive and preserves the sample for further analysis. Raman spectra can be used not only for the conformation of expected components but also the identification of unknown contaminants or impurities. Spectral features are very sensitive to molecular structure and can be used to distinguish polymorphs and other very chemically similar materials.

    Followed by Pharmaceutical Forensics for Safe Manufacturing and Supply
    by Ravi Kalyanaraman, Director at BMS

    Pharmaceutical Investigations and Technology (PIT) is a group within Global Analytical Technology (GAT) department in the commercial Quality organization within Bristol-Myers Squibb. The PIT group has been a key part in BMS for 30 + years in providing analytical support for commercial manufacturing and in pharmaceutical forensics. This include particulate and foreign matter characterization in pharmaceutical products and screening counterfeit drugs. Several analytical tools and techniques are used by PIT to support the pharmaceutical forensics.This talk will feature all the analytical techniques used by PIT and how the results are used in resolving manufacturing issues and to protect patients from counterfeit drugs.
  • Engineering First Principles: Applications to Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Recorded: Nov 5 2019 66 mins
    Bernard McGarvey, PhD Chemical Engineering
    Within the pharmaceutical industry, creating a robust Operational Control Strategy (OCS) is a key step to accomplishing the goals of Quality by Design (QbD). Along the way to developing this robust Operational Control Strategy many problems will be encountered that need to be solved. The use of a First Principles based approach provides value because it improves the effectiveness and efficiency of our problem solving, thereby leading to solutions that are more likely to work without unintended consequences and were created in a faster and more cost effective manner. Based on the author’s experience, a clear definition of what First Principles are will be given (and what they are not!). Areas of opportunity where the application of First Principles is likely to be successful will be described. An outline of a high-level process for implementing a First Principles based approach will be presented. Finally an example of the application of First Principles in the pharmaceutical industry will be briefly described.
  • Upstream Viral Risk Mitigation Strategy for High Titer Biologics Manufacturing Recorded: Oct 17 2019 83 mins
    Aaron Mack, Engineer at Biogen & Dave Kolwyck, Director at Biogen and David Gemmell Senior Process Engineer at Merck
    Presented by Aaron Mack, Engineer at Biogen

    This talk will focus on the risk based approach that Biogen used for determining which raw materials to initially include in its upstream raw material viral risk mitigation portfolio. High Temperature Short Time (HTST) at raw material suppliers is an integral part of this risk mitigation approach. The merits of a risk-based approach to upstream viral safety will be explored, highlighting the HTST pasteurization viral mitigation capability suppliers like Merck have introduced and expanded. Treatment parameters have been detailed in publically available peer reviewed literature and confirmed in specific raw material components prior to implementation in commercial manufacturing processes. Additionally, benefits of decoupling materials with high risk of viral contamination will be reviewed.

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    High temperature short time (HTST) pasteurization is a highly effective method to achieve virus inactivation. This technology has been typically used as an in-house pretreatment tool for high risk bioreactor feeds. The availability of HTST-pretreated feeds minimizes the need to install complex and costly systems in the bioproduction facility, which have significant capital expenditure costs and can become a process bottleneck. The availability and use of complementary virus mitigation strategies minimizes the risk of introducing adventitious agents into the bioreactor, which can impact manufacturing operations and ultimately affect drug supply to patients.

    The webinar details the products and capabilities Merck have developed regarding viral removal utilizing viral filtration or viral inactivation via High Temperature Short Time pasteurization, of high-risk raw material feeds for the biopharmaceutical industries.
  • FDA Perspective on Aseptic Process Simulation for Cell Therapy Product Manufa... Recorded: Oct 16 2019 83 mins
    Dr Lily Koo, Consumer Safety Officer at FDA and Dr Keen Chung, Principal Scientist (Upstream Process) at Pall Biotech
    FDA Perspective on Aseptic Process Simulation for Cell Therapy Product Manufacturing
    Presented by Dr Lily Koo, Consumer Safety Officer at Food and Drug Administration

    The manufacturing processes for cell therapy products can be highly complex, non-conventional, and product-specific. Aseptic techniques are often required throughout manufacture. The challenge to appropriately and effectively validate aseptic processing requires that industry and regulatory bodies rethink how validation strategies are best applied to this novel class of products. This presentation will address FDA perspective on aseptic process simulation for cell therapy products. It will highlight some unique manufacturing/processing features that are shared among cell therapy products and should be considered during aseptic process simulation study design. The presentation will also cover elements of the traditional validation approach and how they could be appropriately applied to cell therapy manufacturing.

    Followed by Process Control Strategy to Mitigate Contamination Risk of an Aseptic Viral Vector Production
    Presented by Dr Keen Chung, Principal Scientist (Upstream Process) at Pall Biotech

    Adeno-associated virus (AAV) vectors are potent gene therapy vectors, used to deliver therapeutic transgenes to target tissues. Gene therapy clinical trials often require high titer vector preparations to adequately deliver the therapeutic transgene, in great excess of research-level production utilized in many laboratories. To bring the virus into the pre-clinical and clinical phases, Pall Biotech simplified, optimized and scaled-up the current upstream and downstream process of viral vector production to industrial scales using the fully-closed, single-use Xpansion® multiplate seed train bioreactor and the production packed-bed iCELLis® 500 single-use bioreactor. In these processes, it is important to ensure that steps are built into the process to ensure adequate control of adventitious agents.
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    Jim Richardson, Sr Scientific Liaison at USP and Horst Ruppach, Ph.D. Scientific Director at Charles River
    Presented by Jim Richardson, Sr Scientific Liaison at United States Pharmacopeia

    Dr. Richardson works in the standards pipeline development group within Global Biologics at USP, leading efforts to develop standards for emerging technologies such as cell and gene therapy. In previous roles at Advanced BioScience Laboratories and Foundation Fighting Blindness, he led translational science activities for the development of vaccines and biologics to prevent and treat infectious and retinal diseases. Trained as a virologist, Jim has also held positions responsible for performing viral clearance testing at Viromed Biosafety and AAV vector development and characterization at Genovo/Targeted Genetics. Dr. Richardson earned his Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

    Followed by Viral Safety Aspects of Raw Materials Used in the Production of Biologics Including Cellular Therapy Products
    Presented by Horst Ruppach, Ph.D. Scientific Director Viral Safety at Charles River's Biologics Testing Solutions

    After a short review of regulations/guidance related to viral safety aspects of raw materials the in principle concept for ensuring viral safety will be outlined. The viral risk profile of a raw material is defined based on the source material, the sourcing process and the subsequent manufacturing and/or purification process. Testing for viruses performed on the start material and/or process intermediates is one way to mitigate the viral risk. Different methods for testing will be presented and the pros and cons discussed. Analyzing the viral clearance capacity of the manufacturing process is another important strategy to reduce the viral risk significantly if applicable. There are, however, experimental challenges sometimes which makes it difficult to demonstrate efficient viral clearance even though the treatment is known to be highly efficient.
  • Cost Considerations for the Application of Continuous Processing Recorded: Oct 2 2019 63 mins
    Narasimha Rao Nedunuri, CEO of CLONZ Biotech and Tania Pereira Chilima, Product Manager at Univercells
    Cost contribution of continuous manufacturing both in operational and capital expenditure in Monoclonal antibody production.
    Evaluating cost of production per gram conventional fed batch vs continuous process.
    Key considerations for adapting continuous process for the production of Biosimilar MAbs.

    Presented by Narasimha Rao Nedunuri, CEO of CLONZ Biotech

    Narasimha Rao Nedunuri is one of the founding members of CLONZ Biotech, a Biosimilar Monoclonal Antibody company based in Genome Valley, Hyderabad, India.
    He is currently serving the company as the Managing Director & CEO .
    Nedunuri, a Molecular Biologist turned Entrepreneur has 18 years of experience in the field of Life Sciences Research including Cancer Biology, Proteomics, and Molecular diagnostics. He also had business experience in a USA based company, with the responsibility of establishing a business division for its Indian subsidiary.
    At CLONZ , a 7 year old start-up, along with the co-promoters coming from recognized leaders who launched complex Biosimilar MAbs, driving the company to emerge as a significant Global Biosimilar MAb company.

    Followed by a presentation by Tania Pereira Chilima, Product Manager at Univercells

    Tania Pereira Chilima is a Product Manager at Univercells, responsible for the NevoLine platform for cost-effective viral production. She completed her Bachelors’ degree in Biochemical engineering with focus on protein manufacture at the University College London. She was then awarded an Engineering doctorate, also at the University College London, looking at building and applying decisional tools to help guide the cell therapy industry in selecting commercialization strategies (process, facility design, reimbursement strategies etc.). Her post-doc was sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, focused on identifying the optimal manufacturing strategies to deliver low cost vaccines.
  • Characterization of Biotherapeutics Recorded: Sep 24 2019 76 mins
    Diane McCarthy, PhD, Senior Scientific Liaison, US Pharmacopeia and Kai Scheffler Product Manager at Thermo Fisher Scientific
    By Diane McCarthy, PhD, Senior Scientific Liaison, Global Biologics, US Pharmacopeia

    Biotherapeutic products are typically characterized by multiple orthogonal methods to evaluate product quality and purity, including assessment of aggregates, variants, and degradation products. For monoclonal antibodies and many other biotherapeutics, analysis of post-translational modifications, such as glycosylation, are also important since these modifications can impact the efficacy, stability, and safety of the final product. This presentation will provide an overview of methods and standards used during characterization, with an emphasis on monoclonal antibodies.

    Followed by Charge Variant Separation Coupled to High Resolution Mass Spectrometry for Routine mAb Analysis

    By Dr Kai Scheffler, Product Manager at Thermo Fisher Scientific

    Biotherapeutics such as monoclonal antibodies are a heterogeneous mixture of structurally similar molecules that differ in mass and charge, referred to as charge variants. Charge variants result from sequence variations and post-translational modifications such as e.g. deamidation and sialylation resulting in species that are more basic or acidic than the main mAb monomer. The heterogeneity can be revealed by charge-sensitive separation methods, such as ion exchange chromatography. The use of MS-compatible buffers allows for online hyphenation to a mass spectrometer. This hyphenated setup provides the chromatographic resolution of ion exchange chromatography coupled to the identification of the separated variants by mass spectrometry.
    In this webinar we will discuss a charge variant analysis (CVA) workflow that entails ion exchange chromatography using pH gradients for protein elution with online mass detection on a high resolution Orbitrap-based mass spectrometer. This workflow enables routine application to a wide range of antibody samples for comprehensive analysis based on a single injection without the need for sample preparation.
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