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Video: High-Potency APIs

The increasing trend of using highly potent active pharmaceutical ingredients (HPAPIs) in new drug development candidates has created a tremendous demand for high containment development and production capabilities.

Alcami is a trusted partner for the development and manufacture of HPAPIs. Our Germantown Center of Excellence for API development, scale up, and commercialization provides an exceptional platform for control strategy at each phase of the development process through a series of investments targeted at infrastructure, workforce, tools, and technology. Alcami’s extensive regulatory expertise allows innovators to execute all parts of development and manufacturing in one US‐based location to support the launch of tomorrow’s medicines.

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Video: Animal Health

Alcami will support your animal health products, both companion and livestock, with precise attention to quality by design and process development. We have experience advancing over 50 animal health products from concept through commercialization, with services ranging from analytical support to manufacturing of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), oral solid dose (OSD) products, and sterile (liquid and lyophilized) products. 

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Analytics in Solid State Chemistry: What You Need to Know

Solid state chemistry is fundamental to the development of a pharmaceutical compound into a drug product, and understanding analytics is crucial to successfully addressing any challenges that can occur in a product’s lifecycle. In solid state chemistry specifically, the physical and chemical (PhysChem) analytics will show which properties need to be improved to help ensure the highest chances of success: purity, stability, solubility, or bioavailability.

In drug development, knowing the characteristics of each form of the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) is essential in order to select the most suitable form for production. For the research chemist, the PhysChem purity is one of the most crucial requirements. Furthermore, selection of the thermodynamically most stable polymorph; low hygroscopicity measured by dynamic vapor sorption (DVS); consistent crystallinity measured using X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD); sharp single melting event determined by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC); and low levels of residual solvent by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) are all part of the ranking criteria. Aqueous solubility and dissolution rate are indispensable for the route of delivery and dosage form.

Topics: Thought Leadership Solid State API

Editorial: Enabling Technologies Advance Poorly Soluble Highly Potent APIs

Alcami recently contributed to a special feature in Pharmaceutical Technology magazine, titled "Enabling Technologies Advance Poorly Soluble Highly Potent APIs."

Excerpt from Alcami: In fact, challenges in containment can limit the technology that can be deployed for solubility enhancement, according to Adam Kujath, global senior director of manufacturing science and technology at Alcami. “Typical API approaches for solid dosage forms to improve solubility like micronization and spray drying are more difficult to outfit with appropriate containment systems. For instance, milling of solids, while not impossible to do in appropriate containment, poses a challenge since it tends to create dust in the breathing airspace for any worker. For parenteral formulations, lyophilization presents a similar challenge,” he says.

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Crystallization in Solid State Chemistry

Solid state chemistry plays a major role in successfully developing a compound into a drug product. The physical and mechanical properties are important in selecting the most appropriate stable form with sufficient solubility. The occurrence of crystallization from a crude reaction mixture is the first step towards obtaining a pure drug substance.

For process chemists crystallization is an essential tool for isolation and purification of the compound in a robust and reproducible way. In addition, the crystallization conditions impact the crystal form or polymorph, particle habit, and its characteristics like stability and bio-availability. Optimized pharmaceutically-acceptable crystallization conditions are established by varying cooling profile and slurry conditions, by adding anti-solvent, or by applying seeding to obtain the preferred form, if needed.

Topics: Solid State API

The 6 Pillars of Solid State Chemistry

Solid state chemistry is the study of the synthesis, crystal structure, and properties of solid phase materials. This area of inquiry and analysis is particularly relevant to explore the properties of oral solid dosage formulations.

In the graph provided below, the six pillars of solid state chemistry are illustrated with subcategories included to give further understanding of what solid state chemistry encompasses. Alcami fields this combined experimental and analytical capability through its own Center of Excellence (CoE) for solid state chemistry and crystallization, which is located in its active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) development facility in Weert, Netherlands.

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PART II: HPAPI Market Forecasts and Manufacturing Challenges

In this two-part blog series, Alcami Senior Director of Global Manufacturing Science and Technology, Adam Kujath, discusses the market forecasts and the main manufacturing challenges involving highly potent APIs.

Read Part I: HPAPI Market Forecasts and Manufacturing Challenges

As demand for contract development and manufacturing of HPAPIs continues to increase from both new and existing relationships, it is important to anticipate and proactively expand to meet those needs. At Alcami, current market trends and our small molecule expertise drive our strategy to continue to invest in new capacity and expand our capabilities within this submarket.

Topics: Thought Leadership HPAPI API

PART I: HPAPI Market Forecasts and Manufacturing Challenges

In this two-part blog series, Alcami Senior Director of Global Manufacturing Science and Technology, Adam Kujath, discusses the market forecasts and the main manufacturing challenges involving highly potent APIs.

The highly potent active pharmaceutical ingredient (HPAPI) market is one of the fastest growing CDMO submarkets, approaching a 9 percent compounded annual growth rate (CAGR). There is a continued industry focus on pipeline development oncology drugs, which by nature of indication is producing compounds that are increasingly potent.

Topics: Thought Leadership HPAPI API

Important Steps for Quota, Import, and Export Processes for DEA Controlled Substances

Controlled drug substances are scheduled based on medical use in treatment, potential for abuse, and dependence caused if abused— the lower the control schedule the more potential for abuse. The process to obtain approval from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for Schedule I-V controlled substances and List I chemicals licensing involves intricacy and a detailed timeline of approvals. This article will discuss the background of controlled substance applications and how to successfully work with the DEA.

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White Paper: Optimizing HPAPI Manufacturing Performance

Outsourcing highly potent active pharmaceutical ingredient (HPAPI) development and manufacturing is reaching an all-time high thanks to an increased demand of highly-targeted new drugs with greater efficacy at lower doses and the price of investment to handle internally. Several factors will dictate the performance of a contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) when handling HPAPIs. It is not merely a question of having the physical assets for high containment; outsourcing of a specialized and potentially challenging piece of the supply chain requires partnership and collaboration between the CDMO and sponsor. Any relationship is reliant upon transparency, team cohesion, and a level of experience that ensures a collaborative understanding with effective communication. Ultimately, success relies upon the equipment, experience, and a right-first-time ethos. Consider the factors discussed in this white paper when evaluating a potential CDMO partner.

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