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July 2020 Issue of The Medicine Maker

In month’s features, we celebrate the grand winners of 2019 Innovation Awards, and expert pathologist Fred Plapp takes a deep-dive into COVID-19 and the state of play. In Business, we look at life sciences insurance, the next wave in the cell therapy field, and how counterfeiters are profiteering from the pandemic. Finally, in Sitting Down With, Bobby Sheng, Chairman, and CEO of Bora Pharmaceuticals, Taiwan, takes a trip down memory lane; outlining his experience of becoming a business leader at just twenty-one years old.

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Articles featured in this issue

Manufacture Supply Chain

Facing the Challenge

| Richard M. Johnson

Supply chains are under strain, but we must all continue to do our part.

Discovery & Development Drug Discovery

The Good, The Bad and The Side Effects

| Maryam Mahdi

How can drugs be modified to lessen their adverse effects?

Business & Regulation Business Practice

Biosimilars’ 2020 Breakthrough?

| Stephanie Sutton

The FDA has approved its first biosimilar of 2020: Pfizer’s Nyvepria (pegfilgrastim-apgf).

Discovery & Development Drug Discovery

The Natural Drug Factory

| Maryam Mahdi

Solving a decades-old mystery, researchers have discovered how non-ribosomal peptide synthetases work.

Manufacture Facilities

Furnace Refurbishment

With efficiency and sustainability in mind, Bormioli has refurbished its San Vito al Tagliamento site.

Business & Regulation Vaccines

For a Better Future

| Maryam Mahdi

The Global Vaccine Summit raised funds to improve international immunization programs.

Business & Regulation COVID-19

The Pandemic Diaries

How is the business of making medicine changing in light of the COVID-19 pandemic?

Manufacture Ingredients

Getting a Handle on High Potency

| Alyn McNaughton

We need to optimize and then accelerate HPAPI drug product development. Alyn McNaughton from Lonza tells us more.

Manufacture Contract Development Services

A Greener Toolbox

| Martin Hayes

There are ample opportunities for pharma companies to transition to greener chemical processes. Martin Hayes from Johnson Matthey tells us more.

Discovery & Development Drug Delivery

Breaking Through the Barrier

| Dave Cook

How can nanotechnology be used to deliver drugs through the skin?

Manufacture Advanced Medicine

The Beauty of the Box

| Stephanie Sutton

Cytiva’s KUBio box modular environment for Viral Vectors took the top spot in The Medicine Maker 2019 Innovation Awards. Find out why.

Manufacture Technology and Equipment

The Innovation Awards 2020

In December, The Medicine Maker will showcase the top technologies to have been released throughout 2020. Nominations are now open.

Manufacture Bioprocessing - Upstream & Downstream

Glass Matters

| Stephanie Sutton

The Medicine Maker 2019 Innovation Awards included Schott’s Everic glass vials as a deserved runner up.

Manufacture Ingredients

Shining Excipient Star

| Stephanie Sutton

Third place in The Medicine Maker 2019 Innovation Awards went to Colorcon’s StarTab – a starch-based excipient for direct compression.

Discovery & Development Clinical Trials

A Rare Opportunity for Change

| Maryam Mahdi

AstraZeneca's George Kirk tells us the story of Koselugo – a treatment for the rare genetic condition neurofibromatosis 1.

Discovery & Development Drug Discovery

COVID-19: Llamas to the Rescue

| Maryam Mahdi

Llama antibodies may be crucial in the fight against COVID-19.

Manufacture Drug Discovery

Driving Antibody Drug Discovery Through GenScript ProBio

| Liusong Yin

GenScript has manufacturing sites across China and branch offices across the world. We find out more about their new segment, GenScript ProBio.

Business & Regulation Business Practice

When the Worst Happens

| Stephanie Sutton

Business insurance exists to help companies when unexpected events and damages occur – so you need to have the right policy in place.

Manufacture COVID-19

Pandemic Profiteering

| Maryam Mahdi

How are counterfeiters exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic to make a profit?

Manufacture Advanced Medicine

Cell Therapy 2.0

| Pippa Gledhill

Advanced medicine companies are shifting their focus to off-the-shelf approaches, solid tumors, and combinations with immune checkpoint modulators.

Business & Regulation Contract Manufacturing Services

Going Global

| James Strachan

Sitting Down With… Bobby Sheng, Chairman and CEO of Bora Pharmaceuticals, Taiwan.

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