The reality is that paper is more of a habit than a requirement. AstraZeneca discovered this when they aimed to introduce ELNs to improve the efficiency of their validated workflows for GMP API (active pharmaceutical ingredient) manufacture. Paper and its associated workflows were standard only because they were familiar and had been defined over time to meet the needs of scientists, process engineers and quality control and assurance staffs.
When dealing with data at the level of diversity familiar to MedImmune, a requirement of any effective informatics solution is that it be tailored to the specific scientific processes involved. Scientists, along with the project team and supporting stakeholders, were involved in every step of the solution’s procurement and deployment including research, development, legal, clinical manufacturing, and quality. According to the team, the continuous feedback ensured that everyone felt like they were participating in the process, rather than being handed a platform that some unknown entity was pushing onto them. This tight collaboration drove a focus on simplicity creating time for the scientists to focus on science, enhanced with a new ability to find information from any stage of the R&D pipeline.
Change control is collaborative, iterative and labor-intensive. For any specific change event, multiple users are required to follow a prescribed set of tasks and processes, which need to be carried out in a defined sequence and are subject to multiple stages of review and approval. It’s very easy to lose track of where you are in the process, what actions need to be completed next, who owns them, and when they are due. Yet the consequences of such lapses can be very costly. This paper examines why it is absolutely vital for organizations to take a comprehensive, closed-loop approach to automating change management, spanning all areas of the organization and extending throughout the product lifecycle.
In 2008 Hollister did a thorough evaluation of available solutions to automate some key internal business processes including the tracking of product registrations and the management of CAPAs. Since Hollister has to track registrations for its products in many different countries, the Regulatory Affairs department needed an automated solution to track when a registration was coming due so they could submit a new packet to renew a registration. Additionally Hollister needed to upgrade its existing Corrective Actions and Preventative Actions (CAPA) management system that was built on a Lotus Notes platform that was going to be retired.
“Digital born data” is found everywhere in regulated Good Practice environments for laboratory (GLP), clinical (GCP), and manufacturing (GMP) purposes, e.g., (GXP). Paper documents are also scanned into digital format (PDF) for storage and retention. This document explains the fallacy of thinking that system backup tapes suffice for electronic archive purposes. It then describes the characteristics of electronic archives and discusses the history and concepts supporting today’s practical experience with digital preservation for long term retention compliance in organizations subject to US FDA, EU EMEA, and other global authorities.
One tool holds a unique position among R&D informatics systems. Unlike other systems, electronic laboratory notebooks (ELNs) both produce data and consume information. An ELN’s ability to capture data, observations, experiences, and context is particularly powerful when combined with other data pipelining tools. The ability to link key pieces of data and mine experiments captured in the ELN for insights fuels true scientific knowledge management. This use case describes the broad organizational benefits that BIOVIA Workbook made possible for a global pharmaceutical company, highlighting how the system is supporting efforts to gain predictive control over key processes in Research and Development.
In an effort to accelerate innovation, streamline the R&D process, satisfy healthcare expectations and improve the rate of return, pharmaceutical companies have come to embrace external collaborations and their outsourcing partners as an essential part of their discovery programs. This trend towards externalization is significant with roughly 90% of companies outsourcing some steps of drug discovery, and with half of all drugs now resulting from such partnerships. This white paper, discusses the different types of external collaborations research organizations engage in, the reasons that many of these partnerships fail to meet expectations, and an informatics solutions to overcome these issues.
Biogen’s Cambridge Manufacturing Facility leaders assessed their paper-based SOP delivery system. Their findings were that their procedures were inefficient and costly.
Sartorius Stedim Biotech (SSB), a leading international supplier for the biopharmaceutical industry, opened a new validation service laboratory yesterday at its site in Shanghai Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park. The opening event was attended by business partners from the biopharmaceutical industry and representatives of the local community.