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IBC’s Biopharmaceutical Development and Production Week

Sunday Mar 15, 2015

It may be Spring, but it certainly doesn’t feel like it in the NorthEast.  If you’re looking for an excuse to escape the cold weather, join BPTC at IBCs 2015 BDP Week in sunny Huntington Beach, CA. Tom Ransohoff, VP and Principal Consultant, will present an updated assessment of the potential impact of biosimilars on the biomanufacturing capacity landscape . This presentation will be delivered on April 1, 2015 in the Manufacturing Efficiencies track and will focus on strategies for evaluating the potential impact that the growing demand for biosimilars will have on biomanufacturing capacity. In addition, Susan Dana Jones, Ph.D., VP and Principal Consultant, will be chairing the Upstream Processing Track on Tuesday, March 31. To pre-arrange a meeting at the conference with Tom or Susan, please email Julie Adam  (jadamatbptcdotcom)  .


Antibodies: $75B in sales and no slow-down in sight

Thursday Jan 29, 2015

By Dawn M. Ecker  (deckeratbptcdotcom)  

Antibody related products[i] have been a staple in the biopharmaceutical landscape for over 10 years. In preparing a recently published article on antibody related products, it became apparent that antibody related products are much more than a staple – but in fact are a cornerstone of the biopharmaceutical market. Representing nearly a third (1/3) of all approved and currently marketed recombinant therapeutics (51 of 178), antibody products generated nearly $75B of the $140B in sales of biopharmaceuticals for 2013.[ii]

Since recombinant products entered the market in 1982, 61 antibody related products have been approved over the last 30 years.[iii] If we take a closer look at the number of antibody related products approved every year, since the approval the first therapeutic monoclonal antibody Orthoclone OKT3 in 1986, 2014 saw a record number of nine antibody products approved (see Figure 1 below), which exceeded both 1998 and 2006’s six antibody approvals. Of the 2014 approved products, six are full length monoclonal antibodies: Cyramza, Sylvant, Entyvio, Keytruda, Blincyto and Opdivo while the remaining three products are Fc-fusion proteins: AlprolIX, Eloctate, and Trulicity.

Surveying the overall recombinant biopharmaceutical pipeline, it is clear from our bioTRAK® database that antibody products dominate the development pipeline. Of the nearly 375 products in late stage development (Phase 2 through BLA/MAA/NDA application), 70% are antibody related products. Over 90% of these antibody products are produced in mammalian systems.

Barely one month into 2015, the first antibody of the year, secukinumab, has been approved in both the EU and the US and the market is preparing for another influx of approvals, with six products under FDA or EMA review. Four of these candidates are full length antibodies (mepolizumab, necitumumab, evolocumab, and dinutuximab) and the remaining two are Fc-Fusion proteins (asfotase alfa) and the first etanercept biosimilar for the European market. If we look even further back into the pipeline, there are over sixty antibody related products in development. Although many of these products are still in active clinical trials, we expect that some of these products may possibly file for review and be approved before the end of 2015.

As the development and commercialization of antibody products continue to forge ahead with no slowdown in sight, antibodies will remain the cornerstone of the biopharmaceutical market for the foreseeable future.

Figure 1. Annual approvals of monoclonal antibody products from 1982-2014


Mab article pic

[i] We consider antibody products to include full length monoclonal antibodies, antibody fragments (Fab fragments), Fc-fusion proteins, antibody-drug conjugates, and other conjugated antibody products for therapeutic use in humans.

[ii] Sales data for biopharmaceuticals sold in 2014 have not yet been released. Please check back for a new blog revealing 2014 sales.

[iii] Eleven of antibody products have been since withdrawn from the market.


PepTalk 2015

Monday Jan 5, 2015

Drs. Susan Dana Jones  (sjonesatbptcdotcom)   and Sheila Magi  (smagilatbptcdotcom)  l will be leading a 1.5-day training course titled, “Introduction to Bioprocessing” from January 19-23, 2015 at the Town and Country Resort in San Diego, CA, to be held in conjunction with CHI’s PepTalk (running January 19-23). This training seminar offers a comprehensive survey of the steps needed to produce today’s complex biopharmaceuticals from early development through commercial. The seminar begins with a brief introduction to biologic drugs and the aspects of protein science that drive the intricate progression of analytical and process steps that follows. We then step through the stages of bioprocessing, beginning with the development of cell lines and ending at the packaging of a finished drug product. The seminar also will explore emerging process technologies, facility design considerations and the regulatory and quality standards that govern our industry throughout development. The important roles played by the analytical and formulation in developing and gaining approval for a biopharmaceutical are also examined. This 1.5-day class is directed to attendees working in any aspect of industry, including scientific, technical, business, marketing or support functions, who would benefit from receiving a detailed overview of this field. For more information and to register for this seminar, please click here. Interested in learning more about BPTC’s CMC consulting expertise? Please email Julie Adam to pre-arrange a meeting at the conference.


Is the TPP for your IND MIA?

Tuesday Nov 11, 2014

By: Al Doig  (adoigatbptcdotcom)   and Taylor Burtis  (tburtisatbptcdotcom)  

You are a small to mid-size biotech company with a molecule you believe has efficacy for the treatment of one or more human disease indications. Your pre-clinical studies appear to have gone well and a suitable, but non-optimized, production process is nearly in place that should generate sufficient drug material to support Phase I dosing studies. Your investors are pushing you to get your molecule into the clinic by filing an IND with the U.S. FDA and/or a Clinical Trial Application (CTA), which contains an Investigational Medicinal Product Dossier (IMPD), for European Medicines Agency (EMA) regulators or both if your management is thinking globally. The multimillion dollar bet at this point is; are you really ready to start assembling the CTD sections of a Phase I clinical trial application?

If you ask us, the answer will be a resounding “no” if you haven’t completed a comprehensive, stage appropriate, target product profile (TPP) review upon which to base your pre-IND regulatory strategy. Many claim there are too many unknowns at this point to possibly generate a useful TPP. From experience, we argue that if you haven’t spent the time to develop a robust TPP as a development management tool, you will surely be overlooking, missing, or underappreciating an issue or issues that will cause program delays and drain available cash as you move forward. Think of the TPP as a dynamic document that provides a clear focus on product development objectives over time. Remember, the landscape is littered with biotechs with good molecules that crashed and burned for lack of a well-thought through regulatory strategy.

At a minimum, you need to perform some competitive intelligence scouting as part of the TPP exercise. A TPP should include a search for information on clinical trials of drugs targeting the same indication. You need to know as much as you can glean from this site in order to evaluate your strategy. For example, if you think your drug will be administered by injection, and someone is already in clinical trials with an orally administered drug, you need to consider the implications related to mode of administration now, not later.

We also recommend you review the relevant FDA Advisory Committee documents to garner information about how the Agency is evaluating drugs targeting your indication(s) of choice or drugs having related modes of action. These committees provide independent expert advice to the Agency. The information provided by industry and the FDA to the various committee’s is available to the public.

If you are thinking about global markets, we recommend you include a review of the European Public Assessment Reports, (EPARs). EPARs are published by the EMA for every medicine granted a central marketing authorization by the European Commission following an assessment by the EMA’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP).

Beg, borrow or steal the time and resources to put a solid TPP in place before preparing your IND or IMPD. The effort will pay dividends over the life cycle of your product. The first payback will be a clear, well written IND or IMPD that will be accepted by the regulators and launch your clinical trials.

In a future post, we will present our thoughts on how to create project and document management tools for generating your IND or IMPD application. Be sure to subscribe to our RSS feed so you don’t miss it.


Inaugural BioProcessing Asia (BPA)

Saturday Oct 18, 2014

BPTC is proud to be a sponsor of the  inaugural Bioprocessing Asia (BPA) conference in Langkawi, Malaysia. Tom Ransohoff  (transohoffatbptcdotcom)  , Vice President, will be attending on BPTC’s behalf and presenting a paper entitled “The Potential Impact of Biosimilars on the Biopharmaceutical Capacity Landscape​,” which will provide an analysis of the topic using data from BPTC’s proprietary bioTRAK database. We hope to see you in beautiful Langkawi!