BUSINESS INSIGHTS, PHARMA TECH
Epredia | January 19, 2023
On January 18, 2023, PHC Group, a healthcare company renowned in diagnostics and life sciences, announced that it would join the RegeneratOR Innovation Accelerator to grow its presence in regenerative medicine. The Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) and the RegenMed Development Organization (ReMDO) are the two institutions expediting the discovery and translation of regenerative medicine therapeutics located in the Innovation Quarter.
PHC Group, being an early partner of ReMDO's RegeneratOR Test Bed, offered advanced tissue processing technologies as well as support to researchers for prototype and product development. In addition, another ReMDO program, the Innovation Accelerator, was formed to give space and support to companies with innovative or emerging regenerative medicine technologies.
PHC Group is now opening a local office within the Innovation Accelerator. Its holding companies and partners include Epredia, a precision cancer diagnostics company whose products are used by researchers and pathologists worldwide, and Aiforia, a medical software company that develops artificial intelligence software for image analysis in pathology. Aiforia's collection of preclinical and clinical pathology instruments is distributed globally by Epredia.
The firms work together to deliver slide imaging and AI-based solutions that enable researchers to investigate and extract information beyond the scope of human visual perception. Thus, clinical research, drug discovery, and translational studies with the goal of better understanding disease states are all linked together through diagnostic microscopic imaging and artificial intelligence.
PHC Group's presence, along with Epredia and Aiforia's superior technology assistance at the Innovation Accelerator, will also pave the path for RegeneratOR's newest initiative, the RegenMed Clinical Trials Catalyst.
As a part of Wake Forest University School of Medicine and the academic core of the newly merged Advocate Aurora Health and Atrium Health, the Catalyst will have access to 5.5 million patients, serving 67 hospitals in North Carolina, Wisconsin, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Illinois.
Epredia is a leading comprehensive laboratory solutions provider for instruments and consumables in anatomic pathology, histology, and cytology. It was established through an acquisition by PHC Group from Thermo Fisher Scientific. The company provides solutions for cancer diagnostics through its renowned brands: Richard Allen Scientific, Erie Scientific, Microm, Shandon, and Menzel-Glaser. Epredia is committed to realizing its aim of advancing cancer diagnostics for patients worldwide in order to save lives.
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Globenewswire | March 24, 2023
Curia, a leading contract research, development and manufacturing organization, today announced a collaboration with Corning Incorporated to expand and accelerate continuous-flow development and manufacturing programs for the chemical and biopharmaceutical industries globally. The collaboration with Corning’s Advanced-Flow™ Reactor (AFR) team includes the first installation of Corning’s G1 production system, designed for the continuous industrial production of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API).
Continuous flow chemistry is critical for the development and manufacture of pharmaceutical intermediates and APIs, and provides advantages compared with traditional batch processing. It is an inherently safer technology that delivers faster and more robust material production with a higher selectivity of desired products.
“Innovation in drug development and production calls for safety at high speed,” said Christopher Conway, president, Research & Development, Curia. “The implementation of Corning’s G1 Production Reactor at our Albany facility expands our capability to provide scalable solutions that address complex development and manufacturing requirements facing the pharmaceutical industry. Using advanced technology and standardized workflows, Curia offers continuous flow chemistry from targeted development to commercial scale globally.”
The G1 production reactor includes an updated set of dosing lines and controls that enable continuous operations and compliance to cGMP standards.
“Collaborating with an innovation-focused company like Curia will help drive advancements in the chemical-processing industry,” said Alessandra Vizza, business director, Corning Advanced-Flow Reactors. “The implementation of Corning’s G1 production system can deliver a host of benefits. The system is an inherently safer technology that will help Curia reduce time to market with higher-quality chemical and API processing, increased efficiency of chemical and API synthesis, and lower production costs.”
“Additionally, the space-saving, energy-conserving, and waste-reducing benefits of Corning’s AFR Technology may help customers reduce the environmental impact of their manufacturing business – a key attribute as the field continues to gain momentum in the U.S. and around the world,” said Vizza.
Curia’s expertise and global network of facilities, combined with Corning’s continuous flow technology, can help drive business efficiencies and, ultimately, improve patients’ lives.
Curia is a leading contract research, development, and manufacturing organization providing products and services from R&D through commercial manufacturing to pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical customers. Curia’s nearly 4,000 employees at 29 locations across the U.S., Europe, and Asia help its customers advance from curiosity to cure.
BUSINESS INSIGHTS, PHARMA TECH
West Pharmaceutical Services | February 13, 2023
West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc., a leading global innovative injectable drug administration solutions provider, recently announced the expansion of its remarkable collaboration with Corning Incorporated, which now includes exclusive distribution rights for Corning Valor® Glass vials as well as the launch of its first product, West Ready Pack™ with Corning Valor® RTU Vials employing SG EZ-fill® technology.
The West Ready Pack™ with Corning Valor® RTU Vials integrates West's highest quality NovaPure® stoppers, Flip-Off® CCS (Certified, Clean, Sterilized) seals and Corning's best-in-class Valor® RTU Vials with SG EZ-fill® technology into a complete containment solution to assist in the introduction of parenteral drugs and diagnostics to the market.
West announced its agreement with Corning in January 2022, which includes a multimillion-dollar investment to develop Corning's Valor® Glass technology to improve patient safety and increase access to life-saving therapies. This strategic alliance provides premier elastomer-glass system solutions for injectable drug storage and delivery. In addition, West and Corning intend to collaborate to develop the next generation of integrated packaging and delivery system solutions.
Valor® RTU Vials with SG EZ-fill® technology improve medication storage and distribution, enable more reliable access to important medicines for public health, and maximize production efficiency. This pharmaceutical glass was explicitly created to handle the problems of modern industrial procedures.
The Ready Pack™ mixture of NovaPure® stoppers, Flip-Off® CCS seals, and Valor® RTU Vials with SG EZ-fill® technology offers drug developers the following advantages
Proven Container Closure Integrity (CCI), which includes the ability to sustain cold storage CCI when cooled to and kept at -80 degrees Celsius;
Ready-to-use sterile format that may be introduced immediately into filling operations, avoiding the requirement for component preparation;
Premium components with the most stringent particle requirements available from West; and
Availability in volumes appropriate for small-scale filling operations with continuity to quantity alternatives for large-scale commercial operations.
About West Pharmaceutical Services
Founded in 1923, West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. is a leading high-quality, innovative injectable solutions and services provider. It is a trusted partner to both established and emergent drug producers and contributes to the safe, effective containment and delivery of life-enhancing and life-saving medications to patients. West supports its clients by supplying over 45 billion components and devices each year, with a team of approximately 10000 members spread across 50 facilities globally. Headquartered in Exton, Pennsylvania, the company has been operating for over a century and achieved $2.83 billion in net sales in the fiscal year 2021.