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Beyond compliance: why embracing the FMD can transform medicine supply chain thinking

28 August 2020 | By

Relying on manual processes for managing serialised medicines at an individual pack level is a labour intensive and time-consuming process that can disrupt normal operations. In this article, Sébastien Sliski outlines how digitally enabled inventory processes, such as aggregation and consolidation, can help pharmaceutical wholesalers and hospital pharmacies meet their…

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Overview of workflows and data approaches in bioproduction – an industry perspective

28 August 2020 | By

Downstream processing is an integral part of the production process of biopharmaceuticals and contributes quite significantly to the overall productivity and product quality, as well as to processing costs. Melanie Diefenbacher of Genedata provides a comprehensive overview of downstream processes, highlighting several challenges and the importance of investing into automation…

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Exploring and deploying blockchain solutions in the life sciences and healthcare sectors

28 August 2020 | By ,

Blockchain is perhaps best known as the technology on which Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are built. Notwithstanding that adoption in the life sciences and healthcare sectors is still in its relative infancy, companies and other organisations in these sectors are increasingly exploring and deploying blockchain solutions. Here, legal experts James…

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Continuous manufacturing: ICH Q13

26 August 2020 | By

Although steps have been taken to enable the implementation of continuous manufacturing in industry, a lack of global harmonisation in regulations has slowed the adoption of this promising emerging technology. Dave Elder discusses how ICH Q13 seeks to provide a harmonised approach to support this important initiative.

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A novel cannabinoid formulation for glioblastoma treatment

25 August 2020 | By

Earlier this year, MGC Pharmaceuticals, in collaboration with the Slovenian National Institute of Biology (NIB) and the Neurosurgery Department at the University Medical Centre in Ljubljana, Slovenia, announced successful research results for their novel cannabinoid formulation, which has been developed for the treatment of glioblastoma. This article highlights the key…