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Cell Therapy Catapult eyes gene and cell therapy partnerships


The Cell Therapy Catapult (CTC) UK is in talks over gene and cell therapy partnerships similar to its latest deal with Cancer Research Technology and the University of Birmingham, says Chief Business Officer Matthew Durdy.

The UK needs to bridge the skills gap, says ABPI


ABPI: fix the manufacturing skills gap now

By Fiona BARRY

The UK biopharma industry is reporting difficulties finding manufacturing workers with the skills to make vaccines, biologics, and advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMP), according to ABPI.

Lonza has brought automated QC systems to two of its facilities

Lonza: industry should shift to QC automation

By Fiona BARRY

While pharma is increasing use of automation and data integration tools in process development and manufacturing, it lags behind in electronic documentation of quality control, according to Lonza Biologics QC director Jessica Jean.

The US Patent and Trademark Office and case law have created confusion around IP

Sequenom case leaves pharma confused over patent law

By Fiona BARRY

US intellectual property (IP) rules and a string of recent court cases are reducing the types of inventions pharma companies can patent, and “calling into question entire portfolios,” says a specialist lawyer. 

UK National Biologics Manufacturing Centre in Darlington

Small-scale will be the next big thing says UK’s CPI

By Gareth Macdonald

Small-scale production techs will dominate biopharma says the UK organisation tasked with developing the £20m “biologics factory of the future” and the £38m National Biologics Manufacturing Centre in Darlington.

PDS staff adjusting a capsule machine. Photo courtesy of NIH

NIH’s PDS suspends manufacturing operations

By Zachary Brennan

The National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Pharmaceutical Development Section (PDS), which manufactures products for clinical trials, has suspended operations due to the discovery of serious manufacturing problems and contamination by US FDA inspectors.

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