Month: June 2021

Cell Line Development and Characterization: An Ocean of Opportunities for Service Providers

The growing pipeline of monoclonal antibodies, vaccines, enzymes, biosimilars and other therapeutic proteins have created an ever- increasing demand for highly- productive and stable cell lines. Many of the recombinant biotherapeutic products, produced in cellular systems, have been translated into commercial successes; these include ALPROLIX®, ELOCTATE® and ELAPRASE®.  Given their impact on the overall quality

Modular Facilities: A Paradigm Shift in Pharmaceutical Facility Design

The concept of modular building has long been employed in other sectors, but it has only recently acquired traction in the pharmaceutical business over the last two to three decades. Modular construction is a process wherein factory-produced, pre-engineered building units, which are constructed offsite under controlled plant conditions, are assembled on site to construct the

Intracellular delivery technologies – solution to undruggable targets

Over time, advances in molecular biology and pharmacological chemistry have enabled the identification of biological targets localized in the subcellular space, and development of therapeutic leads against them. In fact, there are several clinical conditions, which were previously considered undruggable since the traditional small molecule-based interventions were unable to penetrate the selectively permeable cell membrane.

Antibody Purification: A Deeper Look into Service Providers Landscape

Over time, several innovative technologies have been developed to support the designing and manufacturing of various types of antibody products; however, the aforementioned processes are characterized by high costs and technical complexities, especially during the production and downstream processing steps. Therefore, it is challenging for new entrants and companies with limited resources and capital, to

Antisense Oligonucleotides – The Revolutionizing Modalities in the Field of Gene Silencing

Oligonucleotide (commonly referred to as oligos), are short single stranded DNA or RNA molecules, typically containing 15-20 nucleotide residues.[1],[2] In the modern biopharmaceuticals and biotechnology, the applications of these molecules are vast, including (but not limited to) genetic testing, fundamental biomolecular research, and forensic analysis. Oligonucleotides are a diverse class of therapeutics that are divided

Non-Invasive Diagnostics for Fibrotic Disease Market: A Step Towards Painless and Specific Detection of Fibrosis

Advances in the field of biotechnology have enabled the development of several minimally invasive / non-invasive approaches for diagnosis of fibrotic diseases which include imaging diagnostics and biomarker-based assays. Among the biomarker-based tests, liquid biopsy (based on the analysis of biofluids such as blood, urine and / or plasma), a relatively new concept, has emerged

Targeting the STING Pathway

Stimulator of interferon genes or STING, discovered by the laboratory of Glen N Barber in 2008, is one of the signaling proteins that is responsible for the transcription of genes associated with the innate immunity of an individual. Amidst the recent COVID-19 pandemic, it has become even more essential to strengthen the immune system. The