Fast to Market Biosimilars
After spending over two decades in developing biosimilars, from cell line to market, that included cytokines, hormones, antibodies and many more, and after writing several pivotal books on the subjects, I have come to realize that "a biosimilar delayed is a biosimilar denied," and there is a dire need to rethink the development model for biosimilars that does not cost hundreds of millions dollars and many years. I am now developing several biosimilars using this model and invite inquiry if you are interested in acquiring technology, or supply of finished product and any level of regulatory involvement--this model, now opens the opportunity for companies not associated with manufacturing to become the largest supplier of biosimilars. Following are the service associated with this expertise:
Selecting the Right Product
Biosimilars are classified into three categories, from the fastest to longest to market based on FTO, technical complexity, clinical design and cost. I have developed a proprietary model to short list products, even if you do not have any financial constraints. There is always a way to do things smartly.
Complete 351k filing map
The FDA guidance provides a mapping opportunity, that will always be molecule-specific. Getting the most of the meetings reduces the development timeline. With years of experience, I can help develop a mapping that could provide a timeline and cost-line earlier in the development stages.
Review of BLA
While the CMC/GMP remains the key component, a 351k approval requires an entirely different perspective on demonstrating biosimilarity--how to decide what to present, and how to present makes big difference that one understands through a scientific approach and experience of applying these metrics.
Managing FDA meetings
Writing meeting requests takes good understanding of science and a better understanding of the art of communication. After writing dozens of books on this subject, I can show you how to make these meetings conclusive, not just informative.
Freedom to Operate Opinions
As a patent law practitioners and as someone who has written most on bioprocessing, I have created a team of patent law experts to provide a FTO that is specific and conclusive.
High Concentration Formulations
As biologics come off patent, one strategy used by the reference product owners is to create alternate delivery systems, higher concentration being one of the most important. Can you justify to FDA a 351k with a different formulation; yes, you can, if you can dig into scientific justification.
Novel Methods for Establishing Analytical Similarity
The 351k approval is mostly dependent on demonstrating at least a high similarity, if not a finger-print similarity. Creating a tier-based statistical model requiring CQAs is critical and so are novel analytical methods; know that FDA is always responsive to creativity.
505(b)(2) filing of biologics
Till 2019 end we have a window of opportunity for several biological drugs to be filled under 505(b)(2); how does this filing differ from 351k and how you can make the mandatory fee submission with first meeting is important to understand.
Managing COGS of biological drugs
The current average off $500 Million to a Billion dollars needed to establish biologic manufacturing impacts the COGS, which may not be as important for new drugs, but certainly matter in a competitive markets. I am the largest solo inventor of bioprocessing technology, and related proprietary methods to get you started fast and at most optimal capital cost. The technology includes:
Low Cost Manufacturing Facility
The risk-based GMP establishes measures to assure safety of the product; decades ago, the industry adopted a facility design that was hard-walled model but now we have better technology to justify alternate designs of much lower cost, in both capital and maintenance. I have patented several designs that allow manufacturing in ISO9 environment.
The future of biological manufacturing is undoubtedly in single-use elements; having written a book on the subject, I can assist in creating a compliant facility where the challenges of leachable are minimized and COGS reduced substantially.
Single Container Manufacturing
The classical upstream/downstream model can be redefined by focussing on the expressed molecule; dozens of patents that I own allow expressing and purifying the biological molecule in a single container allowing faster development of clinical supplies.
Minimizing Variability Due to PTMs
Nothing produces more variability than the stress on the cells and expressed proteins. Several proprietary and patented methods now allow achieving high consistency of structure, besides increasing the total yield, to allow faster development of biosimilars.
A long-sight dream is now possible using a train of single-use containers feeding down to recover expressed protein continuously reducing contamination risk and COGS, as well as constraints on the facility size.
Clinical Supplies from Smaller Facilities
New drugs, biosimilars and any alternations thereof need to be manufactured in facilities that cost hundreds of millions to offer a clinical supply; what if we have a system that does not require a GMP-certified facility to produce a safe product? We now do have this opportunity opening the door to R&D organizations and smaller companies to seek out the fast expanding market of biologics.