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It's a Small(er) World

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Nanotechnology developments illustrate the potential of miniaturization to transform the pharmaceutical industry.

Governance: An Essential Component for Successful Outsourcing

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Successful outsourcing in the pharmaceutical industry requires “governance,” and clear management of communications, performance, change and disputes.

Ending the Paper Chase

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Electronic notebooks (ELNs) have become a fixture of drug discovery laboratories in the pharmaceutical industry, improving search capabilities, simplifying report generation, enhancing intellectual property protection and facilitating collaboration.

On the Trail of the Celtic Tiger

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Ireland’s pharmaceutical base faces stiff competition from lower cost centers, but it’s clearly on the leading edge in the drug industry.

Plug and Play PAT, Anyone?

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A common user interface, and “out of the box” software will be essential to driving PAT in the pharmaceutical industry, say Pfizer’s control and IT experts Velumani Pillai and Martin Warman.

From the Editor: A New World Order

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The last decade has seen the meteoric rise of strategic drug manufacturing hubs on three major continents: Puerto Rico in the Americas, Ireland in Europe, and Singapore in Asia. Pharmaceutical industry microcosms, each of these centers directly employs roughly 30,000 people in some aspect of drug...

Applying PAT Principles to Blister Packaging

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FEA Modeling, 3-D Scanning, and SEM are all part of a “right first time” approach to pharmaceutical packaging.

BMS, CBS Focus on PAT to Save Biopharm Big Bucks

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In September, a new Center for Bioanalytical Sciences will start up, involving Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., Dublin City University and the National University of Ireland, Galway. BMS predicts the technologies being developed could reduce biopharmaceutical production costs by $80 million per year for...

Controlling Crystallization through Modeling

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CFD modeling and particle population control are key to improving processes and product quality at the crystallizer, and further downstream.

An MES Reality Check

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Simple survey methodology may be used to determine real-dollar ROI for MES platforms.

Pharma’s RFID Exhaustion

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There's a belief in some sectors that there's a sort of "exhaustion" setting in concerning radio frequency identification (RFID) for pharma. There's some truth to that view.

Ode to the Code

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RFID can wait. Let’s watch barcoding come into its own, suggests Managing Editor Paul Thomas.

Dust-tight Powder Conveying, with a Twist

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Macleod Pharmaceuticals put air quality first and installed a customized screw conveyer system to transfer blended materials.

Drinking Through a Dirty Straw: Five Myths About Gas Management Systems

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When gas chromatography problems arise, most people think the gas in the cylinder is the problem. It’s more likely to be the gas management system, as Frank Kandl of Airgas discusses in this myth-busting primer.

Seven Commandments for Successful Integration

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Batch material transfer control seems an easy task to carry out. But the reality is that many functions are necessary if the system is to accomplish accurate batch material transfer control.

Advanced Process Control: Bridge the Gap

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By providing a direct, real-time connection to any pharmaceutical processing and APC platforms, Process Analytical Technology (PAT) opens up new possibilities for manufacturers.

Symbol’s Last Chance

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Pharmaceutical processing & engineering: In an unguarded moment during an interview with a New York newspaper, Bill Nuti reportedly made some statements that were not published. He admitted that Symbol Technologies' problems ran deeper than he had expected.

Multivariate Analysis for Manufacturing Quality Systems: Lessons from ...

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Pharmaceutical processing & engineering: Final drug quality is influenced by everything that happens during manufacturing — each process step, each ingredient, the condition of the equipment and even subtle changes in the manufacturing environment itself can lead to variations in product quality.

First Things First: Understand Raw Material Quality

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Pharmaceutical processing & engineering: Understanding the impact of raw material variability is critical to ensuring final product quality and to successfully initiating a process analytical technology (PAT) program.

Using Raman to Track API and Solid Dosage Forms During Drug Development

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Pharmaceutical processing & engineering: Many pharmaceutical quality programs fail to account for the fact that API forms can change during drug development. They may be the same compound, chemically, but have different particle sizes or morphologies. In tableting or encapsulation, this fact can ...

Any Time, Any Place, Any Product: A Roadmap for Successful International ...

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Pharmaceutical processing & engineering: Our task as engineers and managers in the global construction industry is to use the processes, communication tools and information sources available to us today to perfect our knowledge of a project’s technological, logistical and financial issues.

Black Belt Not Required: What’s Your Strategy?

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Moving beyond routine management and fire fighting requires a strategy for business excellence — a strategy based on Six Sigma.

Translating Lean from Automotive to Pharma

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Pharmaceutical processing & engineering: Most Lean Manufacturing training uses terminology from discrete manufacturing. The University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) offers courses geared specifically to pharmaceutical manufacturing professionals.

All Aboard the Cold Chain

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Pharmaceutical processing & engineering: As liability risks increase, drug manufacturers are assuming greater ownership of the “cold chain” for transporting valuable biologics.

PAT in Perspective: Preaching to the Wrong Choir

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Pharmaceutical processing & engineering: Last year at the IFPAC conference, NIR guru Emil Ciurczak bemoaned the fact that PAT was being promoted by geeks for geeks. Now, however, he notes that an upcoming summit may lead the charge toward a new emphasis on convincing corporate and financial ...

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