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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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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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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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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.

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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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ON-DEMAND WEBINAR: Balancing HPAPI Control with the Chemistry and Efficiency Needs of a CDMO

Effective high containment API manufacturing has certain expectations and requirements; similarly, being a successful contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) has its own distinct challenges. When the demands of these two worlds meet, the ability to balance both offers a unique challenge.

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8 Characteristics of a State-of-the-Art Highly Potent API Facility

HPAPI manufacturing is a demanding enterprise, but given the robust growth within this segment of the pharmaceutical industry, it is critical to have the right facilities and capabilities in place. Alcami has been dedicated to this pursuit, and our efforts culminated in the opening of our Germantown, WI, highly potent active pharmaceutical ingredient (HPAPI) facility. It is unquestionably state-of-the-art, so we took the opportunity to reflect: Which characteristics make it an industry-leading HPAPI facility?

1. State-of-the-art containment
Highly effective containment is the most important aspect of designing an HPAPI facility.
While many high-potency manufacturers rely on personal protection equipment (PPE) for primary control, PPE should be a secondary or even tertiary measure within a state-of-the-art facility.

Topics: Thought Leadership HPAPI

ON-DEMAND WEBINAR: Approach to HPAPI Suite Design in a Multi-Use Facility

Join Alcami for a webinar to learn more about the design approach to highly potent active pharmaceutical ingredient (HPAPI) suite design in a multi-use facility.

As new drug targets naturally become more potent in the search for more effective therapeutics, there is a growing demand for capacity and capabilities in support. The development and manufacture of Highly Potent Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (HPAPI) in a multi-use facility faces challenges of technical, procedural and a perception-based nature. Fundamentally, it all starts with the use of the right tool for the job.

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Have a Highly Potent API? Here's What You Need to Consider

Given the risks highly potent active pharmaceutical ingredients (HPAPIs) present in cross-contamination and containment, it is important to consider manufacturing and handling approaches carefully. In fact, because of the demands of HPAPI manufacturing, many drug developers select a contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) partner to make the substance. The discussion below outlines some of the considerations for HPAPI manufacturing and, when appropriate, HPAPI CDMO selection.

HPAPI Manufacturing
With the significant infrastructure and capital investments required for effective HPAPI manufacturing, it is simply not feasible for many of the small and mid-size companies to make this extensive investment. In the suites alone, Alcami is investing approximately $7 million in 2017. Not to mention its investment in skilled personnel and procedural development. These levels of investment are not possible or prudent for many companies.

Topics: Thought Leadership HPAPI