October 17, 2019

Developing a Phase-Appropriate CMC Matrix

The landscape of chemistry, manufacturing, and controls (CMC) has continued to shift over time. Just a few decades ago, most drugs were developed from beginning to end by large pharma with well-defined systems of control. Today, this has significantly changed; much if not most early development (Pre-IND to Phase II) work is performed by small- to medium-size emerging biotech sponsors, many of which are virtual companies.
March 30, 2020

4 CMC Topics to Discuss During Milestone Meetings

e FDA recognizes that CMC-specific discussions, during Pre-IND meetings, are typically unnecessary when projects are “straightforward.” However, unlike more traditional 505(b)(2) products, certain new chemical entities (NCE’s) and biologics are anything but straightforward. These novelties can create unique manufacturing roadblocks that impede the path to clinical development.
May 7, 2020

CMC Considerations for Successful CMC Drug Development

With reduced resources accessible (both in personnel and funding), smaller emerging sponsors will seldom have a sizable Chemistry, Manufacturing and Controls (CMC) group, and in many cases may only have one support individual within their organization. It is common for all CMC activities from pre-IND through Phase 2 and even beyond to be coordinated by this one individual, often simultaneously with other responsibilities. Most if not all these sponsors, who in many cases are also virtual, use contract manufacturing organizations (CMOs) for the CMC aspects of their development and manufacturing.
January 6, 2023

Your Company’s FDA Meeting Survival Guide

Product development is mainly a sequence of activities. Moving forward to the next step depends upon the result of the previous step. A regulatory deficiency in an early stage will therefore carry forward into all later stages. Fundamental CMC deficiencies at an early stage may require complete subsequent product redevelopment.