June 17, 2021

The Analytical Detective: Understanding Impurities in the Molecule Assessment Process

Colman Byrne, a senior analytical services expert at DSI, describes the molecule assessment process as detective work, in which physical chemists assess different pieces of information to solve a puzzle. Questions that must be answered in the process include: What is the product supposed to be and do?
July 15, 2021

The Analytical Detective: Benefit-Risk Balance and the Analytical Testing Process

In any pharmaceutical development program, there are risk-benefit analyses being done to assist with decision-making processes. Expedited development presents a different balance to a company’s risk-benefit in order to bring a particular molecule forward as quickly as possible because of the potential benefits.
August 19, 2021

Trust and Expertise: Defining The Value Of The Person-In-Plant

As sponsors have started to shift more and more of their manufacturing to outsourcing partners, relationship building has become an even greater priority. This is where the person-in-plant becomes an invaluable source for building a more trusting relationship with the contract research manufacturer (CMO). Essentially, a person-in-plant is a sponsor employee or, more often, a third-party expert consultant who is present at the contract manufacturing site to observe, support, and provide feedback to all stakeholders.
November 18, 2021

The Do’s And Don’ts of Selecting A Contract Manufacturer

As any pharmaceutical company knows, most drugs don’t make it into the clinic so the medical chemistry process early on involves just a few kilograms of product. But if all goes well, and the drug makes it into the clinic, suddenly the quantities become metric tons or more, and the manufacturing and safety processes become quite different.
March 23, 2022

API PROCESS VALIDATIONS: A Broadway Analogy by Jim Mencel, PhD

Before the stage is set and the curtain rises for a debut performance, the time-consuming process of putting together a Broadway show is the perfect analogy used by Jim Mencel, Senior Drug Substance Consultant at Design Space InPharmatics, to describe process validation for Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) when preparing for filing with the FDA.