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Rapid Microbiology Applications in the COVID-19 Era

The implementation of rapid microbiological methods (RMM) has gained significant momentum over the past few years. In particular, the ATMP segment has a desire to release cell and gene therapies using rapid sterility tests to accommodate patient needs and very short drug product shelf life. Additional rapid sterility testing needs are now being fueled by companies who are developing vaccines for COVID-19 clinical trials.

In this webinar, Dr. Michael J. Miller will present an overview of past and future microbiological methods, the current regulatory landscape for rapid sterility testing including recent policy changes, applicable technologies and validation strategies.
Recorded Aug 4 2020 110 mins
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Dr. Michael J. Miller, Ulrich Herber and Lori Daane
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    Full Title: Using PAT to accelerate and optimize the process development of solid dosage forms.

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    Four machine learning (ML) models have been trained to predict the response of continuous pharmaceutical manufacturing process and the performance of these ML models has been compared. The investigated ML methods are long short term memory (LSTM), 1D convolution neural network (CNN), random forest (RF), and artificial neural network (ANN). The best performing ML model is then implemented into the continuous pharmaceutical tablet manufacturing process. An advanced model predictive control (MPC) system coupled with an RTD based control system has been also implemented in the continuous pharmaceutical manufacturing (CPM) pilot-plant [1]. The CPP’s and CQA’s are controlled in real time using advanced model predictive control (MPC) system while the none-confirming products are diverted in real time in waste using RTD based control system to assure the final CQA’s of qualified tablet lots. All the relevant data generated during continuous manufacturing has been systematically collected, stored and organized in a data hub (OSI PI) and cloud system as per industry 4.0 standard.

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    We will discuss the different technologies available on the market to control integrity of single-use systems and key parameters that are affecting integrity measurements, at supplier’s and at end-user’s side.

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    Flavien Susanne at Sanofi and Sean Bermingham at PSE Ltd
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    We are ready to meet the challenges of tomorrow and produce the new APIs to help patients.
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    Steve Hammond, Independent Consultant at Steve Hammond Consulting
    It is well recognized that continuous processing requires continuous monitoring, at the “heart-beat” of the process to ensure product quality and patient safety. However, the use of PAT in the optimization of equipment and the development of processes from which a product will be manufactured is also of significant value, and justifies the investment in PAT for a continuous manufacturing. The data density and timeliness can deliver immediate feedback and exquisitely detailed information on the success of processing steps. The gathered information can aid in the establishment of an effective and robust processing regime for new or existing products.

    This paper will discuss the use of information rich PAT technologies to understand equipment and process steps during development. Examples of equipment characteristics and the effect on the product will be examined.

    An important area for PAT in continuous manufacturing is cleaning. The equipment trains to be effective must be capable of rapid change over. PAT’s designed for rapid assessment of surface cleanliness are important. Devices that allow rapid cleaning verification will be discussed.
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    Oliver Steinhof, PAT Scientist at Biogen and Nicolas Langenegger, Senior Associate Scientist at Biogen
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    The increasing use of multivariate models both as part of the control strategy in commercial (bio)pharmaceutical production as well as for process monitoring calls for an efficient strategy for model development and model life cycle management. The traditional approach to develop multivariate models based on spectroscopy involves manual data management such as selection and transfer of spectroscopic data, import into modeling software and selection/exclusion of data. That is followed by addition of reference data, alignment of time stamps and import into the modeling software. 90% of the time required to construct a multivariate model is spent on data preparation. It was decided to develop a solution to automate these steps to prepare (stage) the data required for model development, reducing the time required to prepare a typical set of batch data to about five minutes. A second tool was developed to automatically optimize data pretreatment parameters and spectral range for PLS models. Both tools allow our scientists to invest their time into more value-added activities.
  • Vaccine Development & its Manufacturing using Integrated... Sep 20 2021 8:30 am UTC 120 mins
    Dr. S.K. Jana at Serum Institute of India Pvt. Ltd, Vikas Revankar at Merck and Piergiuseppe Nestola at Sartorius
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    The billions of doses of vaccines manufactured worldwide each year are used to vaccinate the healthy people. This is the fact which drives vaccine manufacturing to be among rigorously designed, manufactured, monitored & compliant health products. In order to produce this huge number of doses, there is a need to have a manufacturing process which strongly influence the cost effectiveness, volume, application of technologies involving ease of scale-up, flexible in nature, automated integration with different manufacturing unit operations, minimal manual intervention or hybrid for complex biologics like vaccines manufacturing. The use of integrated way of automation with different online sensors like IOTs, AI at different measurement points of processes to make manufacturing process continuous, seamless, robust with high throughput yield, higher process capability with less time or no failure is the cornerstone of a modern, advanced & powerful manufacturing system. The concept of High Throughput Manufacturing is related to time required for a product to pass through a manufacturing process converting raw materials in to finished goods involving automation, integration of several unit operations with minimal manual intervention during the manufacturing. The ability to manufacture vaccines safely and consistently must be built on the theme with consistent quality, compliance, easier regulatory authorization in order to reach the market fast as manufacturing complexity is compounded by the need for different producing strains, type of vaccines & their processes. The present talk on “Vaccine Development and its manufacturing using integrated high through put Technology” is going to address some challenges & opportunities and its full scale application to future biologics manufacturing.
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    Integrating upstream perfusion with a connected downstream process

    Implementing the continuous process in GMP
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