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Introduction to Quality by Design

Since Joseph Juran’s concept of Quality by Design (QbD) was first adopted by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the pharmaceutical industry has been interpreting its concepts into a variety of approaches for implementation. At Alcami, our QbD approach considers evolving global regulatory guidances with a collaborative fit-for-purpose and pragmatic approach that can evolve throughout the lifecycle of the product. QbD starts from day one in modern product development, culminating in a chemistry manufacturing controls (CMC) package that maximizes every opportunity for a successful regulatory review and approval. The value of this approach is simple: design of robust processes for the consistent production of safe and effective products for our patients and long term cost savings for our partners through improved yields, reduced deviations, and efficient change management.

The QbD process for product development is intended to build quality into pharmaceuticals based on characteristics that define safety and efficacy. Critical quality attributes (CQAs) – specific physical, chemical, biological, and other properties – may impact product safety and efficacy and can be managed by identifying critical process parameters (CPPs) through the use of risk management tools and controlling them within the proven acceptable process design space.

Topics: Thought Leadership Regulatory Compliance Manufacturing Development Drug Product

Editorial: Novel Therapies Roundtable Discussion

Alcami recently contributed to a roundtable discussion in Pharma's Almanac magazine, answering the question:

"What truly novel therapies in the earliest stages of discovery and development do you believe will have a significant impact in the future?" 

The article shares insights to this question from Alcami, along with other companies in the biologics space.

Topics: Thought Leadership Biologics Editorials Development

Alcami Kickstarts Biologics Enterprise to Advance Treatments for Complex Medical Conditions

Durham, NC (USA) – March 19, 2019 – Alcami Corporation, a leading provider of fully-integrated custom end-to-end solutions for the pharmaceutical and biologics industries, today launched Alcami Biologics, the organization’s new biopharmaceutical development, analytical testing, manufacturing, and packaging enterprise. Alcami Biologics will advance the commercialization of a wide range of biological products to treat complex medical conditions with unmet needs. This comes in response to increased market demand for outsourced biological drug development services.

Topics: Company News Biologics Manufacturing Analytical Testing Development Analytical Development Packaging Drug Product Parenteral Manufacturing

Alcami Helps Medicines Development for Global Health Secure FDA Approval of Moxidectin for River Blindness

Durham, NC (USA) – October 25, 2018 – Alcami Corporation, a leading provider of fully-integrated custom end-to-end solutions for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, announced today its collaboration with Medicines Development for Global Health (MDGH), a not-for-profit Australian biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development of affordable medicines and vaccines for neglected diseases prevalent in low and middle-income countries. MDGH recently received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of moxidectin, a novel new drug for the treatment of river blindness (onchocerciasis). MDGH utilized Alcami’s advanced analytical testing services and industry-leading accelerated turnaround time offering to meet critical approval deadlines.

Topics: Company News Analytical Testing Development Analytical Development Drug Product

The Role of Full Time Equivalent (FTE) Programs

An FTE agreement is considered a comprehensive analytical service that allows pharmaceutical and biotech companies flexibility, freedom, and consistent control of outsourced laboratory needs.

Drug developers with an abundance of overflow lab testing or limited lab space and staffing are ideal candidates for what Alcami calls an Extended Workbench program. Additional support may also be critical if the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves the acceleration of your drug product. The chart below is a summary of the FDA’s drug development descriptions for when a product has significant implication on a patients’ welfare (FDA, 2018).

Topics: Analytical Testing Development Analytical Development Drug Product

Alcami’s Extended Workbench Supports Commercial Supply of Flexion Therapeutics’s ZILRETTA® (triamcinolone acetonide extended-release injectable suspension)

Durham, NC (USA) – June 13, 2018 – Alcami Corporation, a leading provider of fully-integrated custom end-to-end solutions for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, today announced the expanded deployment of its Extended Workbench laboratory services program to support the ongoing manufacturing and development of ZILRETTA® (triamcinolone acetonide extended-release injectable suspension). ZILRETTA is the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved product from Flexion Therapeutics, Inc., a Massachusetts-based biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel, local therapies for the treatment of patients with musculoskeletal conditions, beginning with osteoarthritis (OA). Flexion utilized Alcami’s Extended Workbench to support ZILRETTA from Phase 2 clinical trials through commercial launch and is using the program for the release and stability testing of commercial batches.

Topics: Company News Analytical Testing Development Analytical Development Drug Product

Editorial: Formulation Development & Manufacturing — CDMOs Offer Speed, Advanced Technologies, & the Ability to Handle More Potent APIs

Alcami recently contributed to a special feature in Drug Development and Delivery magazine titled "Formulation Development & Manufacturing — CDMOs Offer Speed, Advanced Technologies, & the Ability to Handle More Potent APIs." The article includes Alcami, along with other CDMOs, highlighting their capabilities in the areas of speed, quality, technology, and handling of complex APIs.

Topics: Thought Leadership Manufacturing Editorials Development