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Issue 1 2014


Excipient selection in biologics and vaccines formulation development

19 February 2014 | By M. Babu Medi and Ramesh Chintala, Vaccine Drug Product Development, Merck & Co, Inc and Akhilesh Bhambhani, Novel Adjuvants, Formulation and Delivery Technologies, Merck & Co, Inc.

Excipients are an integral part of pharmaceutical products and play an important role in the formulation development of both small and large molecule pharmaceuticals. The type and extent of excipient use depends on several factors, including the type of active ingredient, route of administration, dosage form, target population and indication…

Mitigating the common pitfalls of LIMS implementation

19 February 2014 | By Cindy Novak-DeLaurell, Systems Application Consultant, Allergan

Over the past 20 years, I have participated in numerous LIMS implementation projects in a variety of roles. I have participated as a subject matter expert (SME), validation coordinator, programmer, System Administrator and technical representative, and have worked both in the laboratories and IS during these projects; gaining an insight…

Can mTOR kinase inhibitors beat rapalogues in fighting against cancer?

19 February 2014 | By

The mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) has emerged as a promising cancer therapeutic target. Some rapamycin analogues (rapalogues) as mTOR allosteric inhibitors are FDA-approved drugs for treatment of certain types of cancers. However, the modest clinical anticancer activity of rapalogues, which preferentially inhibit mTOR complex 1, in most types of…

RNA: Converting imaging-based cell biology to high-throughput biology

19 February 2014 | By Juha K. Rantala, Department of Biomedical Engineering and Knight Cancer Institute, Oregon Health and Science University

The last 10 years in biomedical research marks the period of deepening our understanding of the human genome. In the context of cancer research, The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) and related international genomics efforts have now revealed the full complexity of genomic aberrations in human cancers that are postulated to…

Fungal contamination of pharmaceutical products: a growing menace

19 February 2014 | By

Any pharmaceutical product, whether manufactured in the hospital or industrial environment, has the potential to be contaminated with microorganisms. With sterile products, any microbial contamination presents an unacceptable risk; with non-sterile products, the implication of the contamination is dependent upon whether the microorganism can be considered ‘objectionable’, and then to…