Vertex is focusing on biopharmaceutics modeling and continuous manufacturing as potentially powerful tools for advancing its drug development and quality by design (QbD) program.
In the context of oral solids, Vertex sees the potential for biopharm modeling to help develop an in vitro dissolution test that accurately predicts what happens in vivo, which will speed drug development and allow reduction of the number of PK studies that need to be performed in animals.
In turn, the firm believes that the use of a continuous manufacturing process that can be implemented at both development and production scales will provide decreased variability and cost savings by reducing or eliminating QC testing, utilizing a smaller footprint, and improving yield.
At a symposium sponsored by the International Consortium for Innovation and Quality in Pharmaceutical Development (IQ Consortium) in December in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Vertex Senior VP for Pharmaceutical Development Patricia Hurter highlighted the attention Vertex is placing on biopharmaceutics modeling and continuous manufacturing and explained their potential to spur the drug development process down a quality-by-design pathway.
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