Cold Chain Logistics for Precision Medicine: Anticipating Future Regulatory Requirements

Life Sciences, Pharma Manufacturing and Supply Chain, Pharmaceutical, Pharmaceutical Regulation ,
  • Thursday, May 31, 2018 | 11am EDT (NA) / 4pm BST (UK) / 5pm CEST (EU-Central)
  • 60 min

In this webinar, you’ll learn about legislation regarding precision medicine and its implications for supply chain requirements. In December 2016 the US Congress enacted the 21st Century Cures Act, which required the FDA to facilitate an efficient development program for, and expedite review of, new medicines meeting the definition of a regenerative advanced therapy (RAT) (Section 3033). The RAT designation in the legislation is now referred to as the Regenerative Medicine Advanced Therapy (RMAT) designation.

Now that the first two of these therapies have been approved, the supply chain of patient- and donor-derived regenerative medicine products will fall under increasing pressure for standardization and increased regulatory requirements. Much of the early regulatory focus has been on material processing with four guidance documents issued in a regulatory framework established by the FDA on November 16, 2017, its focus being on recovery, isolation and delivery. Cryoport believes that enhanced traceability within the logistics distribution will also be subjected to additional regulatory requirements due to the fragile aspect of the drug product and the disproportionate risk of improper cold chain management on the viability of the therapies.

Traceability within cold chain logistics for precision medicine falls into the following need areas:

  1. Traceability of the identity of the therapy (i.e., chain of identity)
  2. Traceability of the distribution of the therapy (i.e., chain of custody)
  3. Traceability of the environmental control of the therapy (i.e., chain of condition)
  4. Traceability of the equipment used in managing the environmental control of the therapy (i.e., chain of compliance)

The first three elements identified are already well established within the industry; however, they will need to be enhanced and integrated into a single data stream for cross-referencing and accountability. However, the fourth element, chain of compliance, is not currently required but is necessary when considering risk management in personalized therapy distribution. Chain of compliance includes tracking and understanding courier performance, equipment validation, requalification, performance, sterility controls and cleaning processes. In addition, it includes the ability to manage the packaging utilized in product distribution in a manner similar to manufacturing equipment traceability within a manufacturing environment. These elements will be covered and discussed in this webinar.

Speaker

Mark W. Sawicki, Ph.D., Chief Commercial Officer, Cryoport

Mark W. Sawicki, Ph.D., is chief commercial officer of Cryoport, a provider of end-to-end cold chain logistics solutions to the life sciences industry. Sawicki, who has more than 15 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, holds a bachelor’s in biochemistry from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He also received graduate training at the Hauptman Woodard Medical Research Institute. Sawicki has authored a dozen scientific publications in drug discovery with a focus on oncology and immunology.

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Who Should Attend?

Industries: Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, Life Sciences, Clinical, Health Care, CMOs, CDMOs

Job Areas: Operations, Logistics, Supply Chain, Clinical, Materials Management, Procurement and Purchasing, Management, Quality Management, Program Management, Product Management, Quality Assurance, Research, Shipping, Transportation

Job Functions: Logistics Manager, Supply Chain Manager, VP of Operations, Director of Clinical Operations, Laboratory Supervisor, Quality Assurance Manager, Lab Manager, Clinical Director, Clinical Laboratory Scientist, Laboratory Director, Quality Manager, Research and Development Manager, Research Scientist, Validation Specialist

What You Will Learn

Understanding traceability within cold chain logistics for precision medicine, including four key areas:

  1. Traceability of the identity of the therapy (i.e., chain of identity)
  2. Traceability of the distribution of the therapy (i.e., chain of custody)
  3. Traceability of the environmental control of the therapy (i.e., chain of condition)
  4. Traceability of the equipment used in managing the environmental control of the therapy (i.e., chain of compliance)

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Cryoport

Cryoport is the life sciences industry’s most trusted global provider of cold chain logistics solutions for temperature-sensitive life sciences commodities, serving the biopharmaceutical market with leading-edge logistics solutions for biologic materials, such as regenerative medicine, including immunotherapies, stem cells and CAR-T cells. Cryoport’s solutions are used by points-of-care, CROs, central laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, manufacturers, university researchers, et al. In addition, Cryoport serves as the expert logistics partner for the reproductive medicine market, primarily in IVF and surrogacy; and the animal health market, primarily in the areas of vaccines and reproduction. Cryoport’s proprietary Cryoport Express® dry vapor shippers, innovative C3™ 2-8°C solution, Cryoportal™ logistics management system, leading-edge Smartpak II™ condition monitoring system and geo-sensing technology, paired with unparalleled cold chain logistics expertise and 24/7 client support, make Cryoport the end-to-end cold chain logistics partner that the industry trusts.

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