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European Biopharmaceutical Review

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Spring 2015

   
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Editor’s Letter

Deborah O’Neil comments on the ever-changing regulatory landscape, reminding us how quickly the industry moves, as well as highlighting a number of this edition’s features.
 
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Legal, Regulatory and Public Policy
Clinical Trial Agreements

Standard Practice


As overheads rise, Richard Dickinson, Blaine Templeman and Jackie Mulryne from Arnold & Porter LLP propose implementing more simplistic and standardised approaches to documentation, which will improve the cost and timing of clinical trial contracting.
 
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Patent Cancellation

On the Attack


Olga Partington and Paul Calvo of Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein and Fox discuss the similarities and differences between US post-grant proceedings and European oppositions when it comes to challenging a patent.
 
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America Invents Act

Patents Overhauled


Tom Scourfield and Andrew Payne at CMS review the America Invents Act, noting that, although its requirements have gone some way towards harmonising regulation with the rest of the world, some provisions remain unique to the US.
 
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INTERVIEW
Q&A: Epidemics

Expect the Unexpected


Peter Openshaw from Imperial College London advises on what steps pharma and governments can take to manage the widescale threats from communicable diseases.
 
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Q&A: Nanomedicine

Small and Mighty


Nanobiotix’s Laurent Lévy tells EBR about the many applications of nanomedicine in healthcare, and what this could mean for the sector over the next decade.
 
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Industry Interview

Beating Cancer


EBR
quizzes Hamish Ryder about the projects he is working on at Cancer Research Technology’s Discovery Laboratories, and how they could benefit patients.
 
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INDUSTRY DYNAMICS
In Brief

The Weakest Link


Emile Bellott reflects on current approaches to precision medicine, and suggests how the industry can make the most of research funding.
 
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BUSINESS STRATEGY
Clinical and Regulatory Strategies

Biosimilars Go Global


Kinesys Consulting’s Gerry McGettigan and Elizabeth Yamashita at Oncobiologics observe how commercial drivers are gradually pushing companies to produce biosimilars that meet the technical standards and regulatory requirements of all major international markets.
 
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RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products

Coming of Age


Despite slow progress, Gopalan Narayanan of the NDA Group believes the future is bright for cell- and gene-based therapies. Due to their potential in curing or correcting disease pathology, the industry should see increased uptake across the field, with more products gaining approval.
 
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BIO-SECURITY
Bioterrorism

The Lone Wolf


Miri Halperin Wernli at Actelion Pharmaceuticals and Boaz Ganor at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism urge biopharma firms to remain vigilant against potential intrusions. With employee and patient safety at stake, companies cannot afford to neglect any data access gaps or security deficiencies.
 
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Cyber Security

Identity Fraud


SAFE-BioPharma’s Jon Weisberg encourages the industry to make the most of the tools at hand when it comes to deploying strategies to defend against cyber criminality and terrorism. He recommends putting standardised identity trust at the forefront of any agenda.
 
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BIOIMAGING
Medical Imaging

Imaging the Future


State-of-the-art imaging is enabling the discovery and optimisation of tomorrow’s therapeutics. Patrick McConville of Molecular Imaging Inc explains how careful integration of technologies can help to quantify the critical properties and effects of new medicines.
 
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Confocal Microscopy

Diabetes Focus


Olympus’s Helge Schmidt questions Professor Simone Baltrusch at the University of Rostock about her investigation into the role of the mitochondrial network in diabetes and how confocal microscopy is advancing academic research in the field.
 
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Preclinical Imaging

A View to Succeed


David Taylor at MR Solutions reflects on the transformation of the preclinical imaging market, and how new, compact scanning systems are allowing ease of use, smoothness of workflow and seamless integration of imaging modalities.
 
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Edited by
Dr Deborah O'Neil,
Chief Executive and Scientific Officer,
NovaBiotics Ltd
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January, April,
July and October

News and Press Releases

CluePoints and ACRES Partner to Improve Data Quality in Clinical Research

26 March 2015 - CluePoints and the Alliance for Clinical Research Excellence and Safety (ACRES) announce a strategic agreement to join forces in identifying potential risks to the quality of data at clinical research sites involved in drug development.  An initial focus will be the development of cost-effective tools to streamline on-site monitoring through application of CluePoint’s innovative statistical monitoring methodologies.
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White Papers

Syringe siliconization

Gerresheimer AG

Ready-to-fill, i.e. sterile, prefillable glass syringes, are washed, siliconized, sterilized and packaged by the primary packaging manufacturer. They can then be filled by the pharmaceutical companies without any further processing. These days the majority of prefillable syringes are made of glass and the trend looks set to continue. The siliconization of the syringe barrel is an extremely important aspect of the production of sterile, prefillable glass syringes because the functional interaction of the glass barrel siliconization and the plunger stopper siliconization is crucial to the efficiency of the entire system. Both inadequate and excessive siliconization can cause problems in this connection. The use of modern technology can achieve an extremely uniform distribution of silicone oil in glass syringes with reduced quantities of silicone oil. Another option for minimizing the amount of free silicone oil in a syringe is the thermal fixation of the silicone oil on the glass surface in a process called baked-on siliconization. Plastic-based silicone oil-free or low-silicone oil prefillable syringe systems are a relatively new development. Silicone oil-free lubricant coatings for syringes are also currently in the development phase.
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Industry Events

Biotech China

3-5 September 2015, Nanjing International Expo Centre, Nanjing, China

BIOTECH CHINAis China's must-attend bio pharmaceutical exhibition. Numbers of exhibitors, authoritative medical seminar and high media attention make BIOTECH CHINA the most authoritative and professional exposition.
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