Tag: <span>viral safety</span>

Tissue-derived products are a class of biological materials harvested directly from animal or human tissue, in contrast to recombinant DNA materials grown in cell culture bioreactors. Tissue-derived products are often used for structural purposes and are typically regulated as medical devices. However, when used to treat human patients, tissue-derived products are subject to many of the same concerns as recombinant DNA biotherapeutics, with viral safety being one of them. To address this, the tissue source material must undergo a risk analysis and testing regimen for the presence of viral contaminants. In addition, viral clearance studies must be performed to evaluate whether the purification process is robust enough to remove and/or inactivate viruses that may be present in the starting material.

The goals of viral clearance studies are the same for tissue-derived products and biotherapeutics, but the design and performance of these studies can be quite different because of the diverse nature of the materials. In this article, we will present an overview of viral clearance studies for tissue-derived products based on our experience in performing a large number of such studies. Rather than discussing the issues related to viral clearance in general, our focus will be on the unique challenges that tissue-derived products pose.

Biologics Production Regulatory Risk Analysis and Management

With an ever-increasing number of countries involved in the collection, processing and marketing of serum, it is necessary to understand the relevance and rules relating to geographic region of origin. This article reviews and discusses the safety and quality of FBS, rules of origin, consumer market-motivated misinformation, and how mislabeled serum can be detected. The article concludes that high-quality serum needed for scientific research and biopharmaceutical products can originate from any country, as long as it is collected, imported, and processed following all the applicable regulatory and industry requirements…

Biologics Production Regulatory

Monoclonal antibodies (mAb) are highly selective molecules, and an unlimited amount of mAbs with equal quality can be produced using mammalian cell cultures and animals. These molecules have remarkable applications in biomedicine, diagnosis and therapy due to the ability to reproduce exactly the same binding properties. The mAbs have been generated against an ostensible set of compounds such as toxins, drugs, blood proteins, cancer cells, viruses, hormones, environmental pollutants, food products, metals and plant materials. In general, mAbs can also be used for creating sensitive tests to detect small amounts of substances, and in therapies, abzymes, and for isolating specific compounds from complex mixtures by immunoaffinity chromatography (IAC)…


Viral safety and viral clearance evaluation are high-profile areas for product safety. Regulators are keenly focused on viral safety and expect high-quality data to support it, particularly for IND and BLA approvals. Familiarity with process and regulatory requirements, as well as expertise in the key areas of viral clearance, are essential for strategic planning and can yield savings in time, effort, and money…

Biologics Production Manufacturing Regulatory