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Biologics

F is for Filtration

Bioprocess filtration comprises the use of filtration techniques to purify and separate biological substances during the production of all biologics, proteins, nucleic acids, and viruses. Filtration plays a critical role in ensuring the safety, efficacy, and quality...

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E is for Eggs

Chicken egg yolk antibodies, immunoglobulin Y, abbreviated IgY, are a type of antibody found in birds and reptiles, but not mammals. Like other immunoglobulins, IgY are a critical part of organisms’ immune response to foreign substances including pathogens. IgY are...

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Monoclonals for Severe Asthma

Severe asthma affects between nine and 15 million people worldwide, causing chest tightness and difficulty breathing in addition to frequent asthma attacks that sometimes require hospitalization. It is usually treated with inhaled corticosteroids such as fluticasone...

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ADC to Help People with Sickle Cell

Sickle cell disease is a set of genetic conditions where abnormalities in the structure of hemoglobin cause red blood cells to take on a long, curved, sickle-like shape, which can then impede blood flow. Gene therapies may make a huge difference in the lives of...

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D is for DNase

This year marks 30 years since the approval of the biologic dornase alfa, a recombinant DNA degrading enzyme for the treatment of cystic fibrosis. Dornase alfa is a recombinant human deoxyribonuclease I (rhDNase) which selectively cleaves DNA and degrades...

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C is for Checkpoint Inhibitors

Immune checkpoints are a normal part of the immune system. They prevent an immune response from being so strong that it destroys healthy cells. Immune checkpoints engage when proteins on the surface of T cells recognize and bind to partner proteins on other cells,...

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Ozempic: A Blockbuster Biologic

Semaglutide, the diabetes and weight-loss drug marketed under the names Ozempic, Wegovy, and Rybelsus, has gotten a lot of attention recently due to shortages arising from increased demand. Ozempic and Wegovy are both manufactured by the Danish pharmaceutical company...

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B is for Biosimilars

A biosimilar, per FDA, is a biologic medication that is highly similar to and has no clinically meaningful differences from an existing FDA-approved biologic, called a reference product. Compared with a reference product, biosimilars: are made with the same types of...

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