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Editorial: Overcoming the Opioid Overdose Crisis

Alcami  recently contributed to an article in the Greater Wilmington Business Journal titled, "Overcoming the Opioid Overdose Crisis."

Our community has come together, like many others, to combat the opioid crisis. Several local agencies have rallied to create impactful community resources. A 2016 survey by Castlight, which listed Wilmington, NC as the #1 city for opioid abuse in the United States, was a wake-up call to the severity this community has been affected by opioid-related fatalities and hardships. At Alcami, we work with our clients to develop abuse deterrence medicines to help combat this nationwide epidemic that hits home, even here in Wilmington.

Topics: Thought Leadership Abuse-Deterrence Editorials

Editorial: An Interview with Alcami

Sterile Fill Line 2Alcami parenteral experts recently contributed to an article in Pharmaceutical Outsourcing titled, "An Interview with Alcami."

As new parenteral products are introduced into the market, what are some of the challenges parenteral manufacturers have faced, and how do they solve these challenges?

If current trends hold, it is expected that new parenteral products will be increasingly complex, requiring nonstandard manufacturing technologies subjected to higher standards of regulatory scrutiny and market expectations. With the emphasis on precision medicine— an emerging approach of disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person— there will be a greater number of biologic drugs, multidrug combination products, drug device combinations, and targeted drug delivery systems introduced to the market. Parenteral manufacturing of these complex drug products will require special equipment, technologies, and control strategies. It will also require highly skilled process engineers, manufacturing operators, and quality assurance personnel. 

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Topics: Thought Leadership Editorials Drug Product Formulations Parenteral Manufacturing

Editorial: Oral Solids Endure & Evolve

Alcami recently contributed to an article in Contract Pharma titled "Oral Solids Endure & Evolve."

Contract Pharma talks with several contract service providers about the state of the oral solid dose development and manufacturing market.

The oral solid dose (OSD) development through manufacturing pipeline of products is expanding at a robust rate—even while industry watches the investment, interest and demand for biologics and biosimilars growing rapidly. There are several reasons OSDs continue to be the most popular dosage form for getting drugs to patients. In addition to being cost effective and relatively easy to make compared to their large molecule counterparts, they are most importantly, patient friendly, especially among the pediatric and geriatric populations.

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Topics: Thought Leadership Editorials Oral Solid Dose

Editorial: HPAPIs - A CDMO View

Alcami recently contributed to an article in Specialty Chemicals Magazine titled "HPAPI's: A CDMO View."

Alcami has gained extensive knowledge on HPAPI manufacturing from building new suites at its US API development and manufacturing site

Over the course of 2016-2017, global CDMO Alcami built and qualified a new facility for highly potent compounds at its facility in Germantown, Wisconsin. During the design phase, says Adam Kujath, global senior director of manufacturing science & technology, the company put considerable thought into what was needed to match its existing capabilities – it has a very diverse customer base and works with many different molecules – to market needs.

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Topics: Thought Leadership HPAPI Editorials HPAPI Manufacturing

Editorial: Fuelling Pharma's Innovation Engines

Alcami President & Chief Executive Officer Dr. Stephan Kutzer recently took part in an interview for Manufacturing Chemist titled "Fuelling Pharma's Innovation Engines." 

According to Stephan, small and mid-size pharma and biologics companies are the innovation engines of the industry. “Each year, the number of new INDs and NDAs increases and we anticipate this trajectory to continue. We see more than 5000 clinical introductions on an annual basis. Cancer treatments are a particular area of focus for many of our clients and we expect our pipeline for these therapies to grow within the next 5 years. Our target accessible market is around $8 billion.”

KR: How does Alcami plan to grow with the industry?

SK: We have strategically invested in capability extensions and operational excellence initiatives to better meet industry demand. At our Germantown (Wisconsin, USA) Center of Excellence for API development, scale-up and commercialisation, we have supplemented our existing pipeline with HPAPI suites and controlled substance capabilities.

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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

Editorial: Aligning with Sponsors for Strategic Growth

As published in Pharma's Almanac Q3 2018.

In the current climate, the success of innovative small and medium-sized drug companies is increasingly important to the success of the industry as a whole. Alcami is focused on enabling the growth of these firms and, in the process, changing the structure of the market. Having demonstrated the feasibility of our integrated business model and educational strategy, we are taking these efforts to the next level through our partnership with Madison Dearborn Partners (MDP).

Topics: Thought Leadership Editorials

Editorial: High-Resolution Mass Spectrometry - A Map to Biologics

An Alcami authored article will be featured in the upcoming September 2018 issue of Drug Development & Delivery titled High-Resolution Mass Spectrometry - A Map to Biologics.

INTRODUCTION
Biopharmaceutical products represent up to 20% of the total pharmaceutical market and are growing at a rate of nearly 8% annually. To keep up with this impressive growth rate, many CDMOs are making strategic investments in equipment and expertise to support analytical development and structural characterization of biopharmaceuticals in more economical and efficient ways.¹ Unlike small molecule active pharmaceutical ingredients that exist as a single chemical entity, biologics nearly always exist as a mixture of molecules. Different molecules can arise from numerous sources including N-terminal variants, post-translation modifications (PTMs), glycoforms, and degradation products. 

Topics: Biologics Editorials

Editorial: The role of DoE in early phase development

Alcami recently authored an article featured in Manufacturing Chemist titled "The role of DoE in early phase development"

Classically, the use of Design of Experiments (DoE) has been heavily leveraged in the pharmaceutical industry in late stage development to support a Quality by Design (QBD) approach to process validation

At the heart of the QbD movement is a data based understanding of the design space of your process — rather than just the empirical support of release testing — to know that the product being made is of consistently high quality. However, because of the association of QbD with expansive data generation and process validation, there is a perceived negative implication to development cost and timing. 

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