Accelerating Vaccines to Clinical Trials — A Toolkit for Efficacy, Safety and Bioanalytical Studies

Life Sciences, Clinical Trials,
  • Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Discover an informative webinar delving into the evolution of vaccine platform technologies to the current era of mRNA vaccines, with a discussion on the unique challenges they face in their advancements to clinical trials. The experts, Dr. Narendra Deshmukh and Dr. Kedar Purnapatre will discuss some of the many challenges facing the vaccine development industry today in the demonstration of product quality, immunogenicity and safety. They will share their experience working with various vaccine and adjuvant types emphasizing the importance of appropriately designed experiments, biomarker selection, and choice of appropriate bioassays and bioanalytical tools.

The Challenge, A Case Study: A client successfully completed Phase I clinical trials on its mRNA vaccine candidate, but regulatory agencies mandated additional preclinical safety studies before proceeding to Phase II patient recruitment. This followed careful writing of exhaustive in-vivo and in-vitro experimental protocols that were compliant with the latest regulatory guidelines and advising client to include an additional exposure route. Intricate assessments of immunogenicity and biodistribution profiles, meticulous clinical laboratory analyses along with acute phase protein response and exhaustive histopathological evaluations were all required within a timeframe of six months.

Join this webinar to gain insights into the challenges and innovations in mRNA vaccines in clinical trials.


Narendra Deshmukh, Intox Pvt. Ltd.

Dr. Narendra Deshmukh, Executive Director, Aragen Life Sciences

Narendra Deshmukh is one of the co-founders of Intox Pvt. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Aragen. He has over three decades of experience in regulatory toxicology and toxicologic pathology and has executed several safety assessment studies for a diverse range of products including chemicals, pharmaceuticals, vaccines, crop protection and medical devices. He has previously worked with Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd.

He is the former Director and Charter Diplomate of the Indian Board of Toxicologic Pathology (IBTP), Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology (DABT) and Vice President of the Society of Toxicologic Pathology in India.

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Dr. Kedar Purnapatre, Director, Bioanalytical & Bioassay, Aragen Life Sciences

Dr. Kedar Purnapatre holds a PhD in Molecular Biology from the Indian Institute of Sciences. He has over 40 publications and two patents. Dr. Kedar has served as a visiting editor for journals like Cancer Research, Drug Design Development and Therapy and International Journal of High Throughput Screening.

He has over 22 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry and contract research organizations (CROs), specializing in bioanalysis of small and large molecule therapeutics. Currently, as the Director of Bioanalytical Operations at Intox, Dr. Kedar focuses on providing effective bioanalytical solutions to support clients’ regulatory submissions for various therapeutic entities. In the past three years, he has developed and validated over 50 new bioanalytical methods for assessing Immunogenicity and pharmacokinetics of vaccines and biotherapeutics in preclinical and clinical samples, advancing our drug development and safety assessment capabilities.

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Who Should Attend?

This webinar will appeal to professionals in the following fields:

  • Directors/Scientists at Vaccine companies
  • Biologists involved in vaccine development.
  • Biopharma Research and development
  • Upstream/downstream and formulation

What You Will Learn

Attendees will gain insights into:

  • Evolution of vaccine technologies: over several decades, culminating in the current era of mRNA vaccines
  • Challenges in vaccine development: the unique challenges associated with different vaccine platform technologies, particularly in terms of assessing product quality, immunogenicity and safety
  • Case study discussion

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Aragen Life Sciences

Aragen Life Sciences is a leading R&D and manufacturing solutions provider for the life sciences industries worldwide. It offers end-to-end integrated or standalone solutions for small and large molecules. Established in 2001, the Company operates through a network of sites located in India and Morgan Hill California, USA with a team of 3700+ scientists and 450+ PhDs. Its expertise and experience have enabled over 400 customers to advance their research programs from discovery through commercialization.  Intox Pvt. Ltd., a subsidiary of Aragen Life Sciences is an OECD GLP certified preclinical safety assessment service provider with over 25 years of expertise in conducting safety assessment studies for pharmaceuticals, bio-pharmaceuticals, medical devices, agrochemicals, industrial chemicals, neutraceuticals /dietary supplements, cosmetics and others.

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