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Which data analytics methods best support a quality by design approach for biosimilars?

November 12, 2019

Biosimilars are an exciting route to increasing access to the highly effective therapy made possible by biologics, but ensuring a biosimilar meets the critical quality attributes (CQA) of the original biologic is a major challenge. Optimizing production at full scale is impractical, which makes a quality by design (QbD) approach using a reliable scale down model of the process an attractive alternative. A process development team at Zhejiang Hisun Pharmaceuticals, Taizhou, China, therefore developed a scaled down model of the cell culture process used to produce the biosimilar adalimumab. They qualified the model using multivariate data analysis (SIMCA), and explored the design space for key process attributes (KPA) and CQAs using MODDE.

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Using DOE with micro bioreactor improves process control for scaling up cell cultures

June 7, 2019

A challenge for the regenerative medicine industry is to develop cell culture processes that can be scaled up for high volume production. Finding a better way to scale up commonly used research cells like HEK293T (used for protein expression and the production of recombinant retroviruses or lentiviral vectors) would be beneficial for biologists in many fields of medicine. Dr. Franziska Bollmann, virus scientist at Sartorius Stedim Biotech in Germany, recently conducted two experiments to find out if micro bioreactor systems can help facilitate the transition from the traditional shake flask process to a more improved method optimizing process control.

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Streamline your biopharma development with integration between Genedata and MODDE® DOE software

May 2, 2019

One key to reducing R&D costs in the biopharmaceutical market is streamlining and speeding up process data flow for Design of Experiments (DOE). Now, a direct integration of Genedata Bioprocess® platform and Umetrics Suite MODDE® software enables seamless data flow and facilitates the design, execution and evaluation of experiments in large-molecule process development.

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Uncovering the secrets to long-lasting bubbles: Using DOE to optimize a mixture design

December 18, 2018

What’s the secret formula for creating long-lasting bubbles? Is expert knowledge of liquid dynamics needed to optimize the mixture design and develop the best bubble solution? Or can we use design of experiments (DOE) and data analytics to draw conclusions? Let’s a take a look at a fun example of how DOE can be used to optimize a mixture design in order to achieve our goal: create long-lasting bubbles.

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Design of Experiments enables the optimization of transfection efficiency in line with QbD principles

November 29, 2018

Pressure to cut development costs and lower regulatory barriers while assuring product quality has stimulated the pharmaceutical industry to apply Quality by Design (QbD) to manage risk and gain process and product understanding. As a result, QbD is being widely promoted by regulatory authorities such as the Food and Drug Administration, and the International Conference on Harmonization.

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How data analytics tools support the five DMAIC phases of Six Sigma

September 6, 2018

When it comes to continuous quality improvement and removing defects from a process, Six Sigma continues to be the gold standard in manufacturing and process management. This structured, data-driven methodology for discovering problems relies on rigorous analysis of production and process data. For many companies, engaging in a Six Sigma process can be time consuming or even a bit daunting.

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Should your site be using Six Sigma to improve production quality and reduce costs?

August 23, 2018

You may have heard the term Six Sigma used in conjunction with lean manufacturing, a Kaizen approach or continuous quality improvement. Perhaps you thought Six Sigma only applied to large-scale business operations, or that newer philosophies had overtaken Six Sigma as the most updated approach to quality management? But if you're looking for a way to improve your production processes or solve a problem you’re having with quality, Six Sigma might be the answer. Are you and your team familiar with these concepts? Here's an overview.

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What is DOE? Design of Experiments Basics for Beginners

August 9, 2018

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Whether you work in engineering, R&D, or a science lab, understanding the basics of experimental design can help you achieve more statistically optimal results from your experiments or improve your output quality.

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Using data analytics to optimize design space and setpoint conditions for bioreactors

May 18, 2018

At the heart of any process used to manufacture biological products is a bioreactor setup that supports a stable and reproducible biologically active environment. The bioreactor provides a controlled environment to achieve optimal growth for the particular cell cultures being used.

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How to optimize cell culture media to speed biopharma development

May 7, 2018

Biopharmaceutical companies today are challenged to develop high producing cell lines as quickly as possible. Commercially available media may fall short of performance expectations required to meet targets. The alternative —fully customized media and feed development — requires significant funding, time and in-house expertise in media development.

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