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Biophia consultants have routinely been invited to give presentations or write articles on key issues within the biopharmaceutical field.  We continue to share many of these with our customers to help provide insight into how these concerns may affect your business and strategies for addressing them.  We invite you to utilize these resources provided and to contact us for further information on any of these areas.

Defining a CMC Strategy 

Edwin Moore, PhD and Richard Johnson, PhD

Developing a robust CMC strategy at early pre-formulation phase of new product development for pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical product success.  Consideration of the customer needs, the physical chemical properties of the molecule, and the critical quality attributes of the proposed product drives development plans.  Startup companies that have novel technology for potential break-through products may have little experience developing commercial pharmaceutical products.  The slide deck “Defining a CMC Strategy:  How and Where to Begin” is an abbreviated version of a presentation given to entrepreneurs at MATTER (, a Chicago based technology incubator.  


Risk Based Method Transfer

Jeffrey Staecker, PhD

The article summarizing the CASSS CMC Forum “Methods on the Move: Addressing Method Transfer Challenges for the Biopharmaceutical Industry” appeared in BioProcess International.  The article summarizes the conference where BioPhia Principal Consultant Jeffrey Staecker presented and co-chaired.  Jeff’s presentation can be found below and the BioProcess International article can be found at



Quality Risk Management Training

Steven Laurenz

Per ICH Q10 Quality risk management is integral to an effective pharmaceutical quality system. It can provide a proactive approach to identifying, scientifically evaluating and Controlling potential risks to quality. However integrating the principles of QRM into our quality processes is complex especially in a pharmaceutical organization. There is much confusion on how to define risk and individuals often think of quality risk management as just a tool like FMEA analysis verses an overall QRM approach. This presentation helps  explain the important concepts associated with a QRM approach.


Implementing Quality by Design Program for Drug Product Development

Steven Laurenz

Implementing these principles into the pharmaceutical culture can be challenging.  QbD involves a complex set of interactions, technologies and systems that are not easy to grasp.  The following presentation outlines the important concepts needed to implement a practical QbD program.


Outsourcing Manufacturing and Analytical Needs in the Biopharmaceutical Industry

S. Anne Montgomery, with Jeff Staecker

BPIs editor in chief spoke with Jeff Staecker, principal consultant at BioPhia, about his view of current outsourcing trends. Those identified in this discussion set the stage for the articles that follow. Issues that affect decisions to outsource include cost, converging quality systems, change management, and staff training/expertise (including statistical capabilities).

Making Decisions with Probability Distributions

David LeBlond

An overview of 13 continuous and 5 discrete probability distributions useful for risk assessment and other applications. Includes a description of the probability density, cumulative distribution, and quantile functions of each as well as MS Excel formulae for their evaluation. Methods for generating random samples from these distributions and some additional MS Excel matrix algebra capabilities are described.