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SCIENTIST SPOTLIGHT: January 2019

Name: Marilyn Heidbrink
Alcami Site: St. Louis, MO

How long have you been with Alcami?
I joined the Alcami team in August 2016.

What is your role? 
My title is Technical Specialist. I interact with sales and clients to understand the scope of the client’s project in order to draft protocols and reports for client projects. I also execute the validation and transfer activities. Additionally, I assist project managers and analysts with their technical questions. 

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
It is very rewarding when we execute analytical validations and issue reports which are then used to launch new products. It’s so inspiring to see a project from its beginning with validation to clinical use in patients.

Topics: Alcami Voices

Editorial: Outsourcing Analytical Testing - The Gateway to Drug Manufacturing

Alcami recently contributed to a special feature in Drug Development and Delivery magazine titled "Outsourcing Analytical Testing: The Gateway to Drug Manufacturing."

Alcami: Customizing Programs to Meet Accelerated Product Timelines

Alcami is a CDMO that offers fully integrated, comprehensive analytical testing to support technologies for every stage of development. Its laboratory services platform is comprised of analytical testing and development services for small molecule and biologics drug products, as well as specialized offerings such as elemental impurities, abuse deterrence, and extractables and leachables. In addition, formulations development scientists address challenges related to new chemical entities.

Topics: Thought Leadership Editorials Analytical Testing

Editorial: A Practical Approach to Extractables & Leachables

Alcami recently authored an article featured in Drug Development & Delivery titled "A Practical Approach to Extractables & Leachables." 

INTRODUCTION

The study of extractables and leachables (E&L) has been evolving for many years. As pharmaceutical manufacturers, packaging vendors, and regulatory agencies gain more knowledge of extractable compounds, the scope of E&L guidelines grows with it. Many of the case studies that initiated interest in extractables and leachables are based on primary packaging. In some cases, the secondary or tertiary packaging were identified as sources of leachables. As a result, the primary emphasis of extractables screens has been on the packaging systems. The approach to these screens is well established. The first iterations of regulatory guidance addressed the common packaging materials in the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) chapter <661>, which relied heavily on physiochemical testing to characterize the material of construction but did not directly address extractables testing of the final packaging materials in detail. With advancements in the manufacture of plastics and increasing variety of base polymers used for packaging systems, it became evident that more specific guidelines are needed.

Topics: Thought Leadership Extractables & Leachables Editorials

The Top Five Most Asked Extractables and Leachables Questions Answered

Agency expectations are quickly evolving for the evaluation of drug product packaging and delivery systems and the surfaces used during manufacture with respect to potential leachables. Every new and generic drug product must be assessed for extractables and leachables (E&L). In this top five list, Alcami experts will address the extractables and leachables questions our experts hear most.

  1. What is the difference between an extractable and a leachable?

    Extractables are compounds that can be extracted from a packaging component, delivery system, or manufacturing surface via laboratory manipulation, such as exposure to solvents or heat. Extractables can be potential leachables. Leachables are compounds that passively migrate into the drug product over time, as a result of direct contact from the packaging system, in-use componentry, or a manufacturing surface.

Topics: Extractables & Leachables Analytical Testing Analytical Development