Which universities are pushing the boundaries in life sciences?

If you had to name the branch of university research that has the most tangible impact on mankind’s day-to-day activities, it is likely that the life sciences would be near the top of the list: not many days go by without the announcement of a new drug or gene discovery that has the potential to change lives or tackle disease.

Much of the best research in these fields takes place in the ultra-elite universities that excel in subjects across the board.

But analysis by Times Higher Education of the institutions that make up the World University Rankings reveals that there is a cluster of institutions just below this elite that are particularly strong in the life sciences and in driving forward innovation.

The 120 “life science challengers” tend to pitch much higher in the subject rankings related to clinical research and life sciences, as might be expected, with the bulk of them achieving overall scores in the middle to upper ranges (see below).

Which universities are pushing the boundaries in life sciencesHowever, they also perform very strongly in terms of the citation impact of their research, something that can be credited to their excelling in fields where journal article activity is key. Unlike the “technology challengers” (another cluster in the rankings), they also tend to be older universities, with few having been established less than 50 years ago.

Beyond these similarities though, the factors that drive the individual successes of the institutions are varied. In some cases excellent strategic decisions taken by the university are a factor; in others the local or regional ecosystem for research plays a part.

Sweden, which has five institutions in the list (headed by the medical research specialist Karolinska Institute), is one example where the ecosystem for life sciences appears to be a key factor.

Ulf Landegren, professor of molecular medicine at Uppsala University, another of the Swedish institutions in the list, said that the country had historically excelled in many life science fields, but that it was now taking its performance to another level with the help of collaborative programmes. The Science for Life Laboratory is one such programme – government-funded, it is based in Uppsala and also in Stockholm.

The SciLifeLab, as it is known, allows researchers from across Sweden to use cutting-edge and often expensive technology without paying for the privilege (apart from the costs of “disposables” used in lab work). Companies and scientists based outside Sweden can also use the facilities, but must face the full cost of doing so.

Professor Landegren, who was heavily involved in setting up Uppsala’s SciLifeLab site, said the effect of the scheme “has been that Swedish scientists now have ready access to advanced techniques that they may not themselves have the economy or the skills to set up”.

“Increasingly we see that life science is going the way of physics, in that technology is getting a little too expensive and complicated for individuals to have all the resources they need to answer their research questions so you might as well centralise it,” he explained.

He added that as well as making “generic” technology and techniques available to all Swedish scientists, SciLifeLab went a stage further by also identifying emerging “beyond state-of-the-art” approaches to research and capitalising on them before they spread to other countries and universities.

Access to expensive technology and the latest techniques is a theme carried across to other institutions that make the list.

Ross Coppel, director of research in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Australia’s Monash University, puts its success down to past strategic decisions to invest properly in the best academic staff and equipment, but also to the skilled technicians who operate facilities.

He said universities’ research strategies “are often very similar and it [success] comes down to your capacity to implement and execute your vision. I think we were in the fortunate position of having the financial resource to do it [and] the determination to do it and it’s worked out for us very well”.

On the role of technicians, he said Monash had focused on their field being a career path in its own right, with good job security and benefits. In return, in terms of testing new techniques and advancing research technology, “we look to them also to be pushing the boundaries of what is achievable”, explained Professor Coppel.

Beyond smaller research nations like Sweden and Australia, the life science challengers cluster is dominated by institutions in the US and UK.

With 35 institutions of the 120 (the UK has 24), the US is out in front, with a number of private institutions excelling in research. Here, the unique position that some American universities occupy – having strong ties to hospitals and the general healthcare system – is an obvious explanation for their success.

Emory University in Atlanta, for instance, is behind the state of Georgia’s biggest healthcare system – not-for-profit Emory Healthcare – while the US’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has its headquarters adjacent to the university’s campus. This geographic proximity between researchers and the practical application of their findings has obvious collaborative benefits.

But the university is also keen to stress the importance of its global reach through its success in spinning out research into the healthcare market and its academic links overseas.

David Stephens, vice-president for research at Emory, said that the institution had “realised its greatest success in commercialising research discoveries in the field of infectious diseases. For example, nine out of 10 US HIV/Aids patients, and thousands more globally, are on life-saving drugs discovered at Emory”.

Meanwhile, an effect of its international collaborations can be seen in the recent joint set-up with the University of Queensland – another life science challenger institution – of a multimillion-dollar biotech company developing cancer treatments.

simon.baker@timeshighereducation.com

Seminar Calendar of Upcoming Courses – June to July – 2017

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GlobalCompliancePanel’s seminars are a wonderful opportunity for professionals in the regulatory compliance areas to understand the latest happenings and updates in the regulatory compliance areas and to implement them, something they need to climb in their professions. GlobalCompliancePanel brings together a few of the best recognized names in the field of regulatory compliance on its panel of experts. The result: Learning that is effective, valuable and helpful.

GlobalCompliancePanel’s experts help you unravel all the knowledge you need in all the areas of regulatory compliance. At these seminars which are held all over the globe, you get to interact with them in person, so that any doubt or clarification you have is sorted out by none other than the honcho. They help professionals like you implement the regulations and stay updated, so that regulatory compliance causes no stress for you.

GlobalCompliancePanel’s experts offer their insightful analysis into the issues that are of consequence to regulatory professionals in their daily work. Their thoughts help you implement the best practices of the industry into your work. They also offer updates on the latest regulatory requirements arising out of a host of the laws and issues related to regulatory compliance, including, but not limited to medical devices, food and beverages, pharmaceuticals, life sciences, biotechnology and pharmaceutical water systems.

Take a look at our upcoming webinars from GlobalCompliancePanel, which will put you on the road to learning about any area that is of importance to your profession. You can plan your learning from GlobalCompliancePanel by looking at our seminars in the next few weeks at locations of convenience to you. You can choose from a whole range of topics. See which among these trainings suit you: Design of Experiments (DOE) for Process Development and Validation, Writing and implementing effective SOP’s, new FSMA rules, risk management and device regulations, data integrity, combination products, and what have you!

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Wrong hiring and ways of avoiding it

A perfect hire is a boon to any organization. At the other extreme, a bad hire can bring the inverse result to the organization: It can not only impede productivity; it can even result in drawing the organization into legal issues associated with wrong hiring. Problem employees create employee problems, which is why HR professionals need to be aware of what steps to take and what scenarios to avoid if they have to take hiring decisions that are legally defensible. A hire that is weak from the legal perspective is the stepping stone for troubles for the organization.

As if the legal troubles of wrong hiring are not enough; organizations have to also deal with the financial burden it brings. Many organizations have realized that in the absence of the right precautions, there is a near certainty that could end up hiring someone with a wrong background.

Facing embarrassing lawsuits

If an organization’s HR overlooks areas such as the candidate’s criminal record, or fails to take note of a falsified background, all that it is going to see is workplace violence, not to speak of lawsuits for negligent hiring and all the loss of time spent on finding the unsuited person.

Employers have to also face the prospect of inviting lawsuits for initiating screening methods that either violate the law or fail to take into account the changes in civil rights legislation and the new EEOC Guidance on the use of criminal records. This makes the screening process more complex than it ever was. It adds a new layer of woes for the organization, which has to bear the brunt of a wrong decision in hiring.

Get to understand all the aspects of legally compliant hiring practices

The way out is to gain familiarity with legally compliant best practices. This is the only truly proven antidote to not only keep the business productive; but to also make sure the organization will not be taken to court. Want to explore the ways of putting legally compliant hiring practices in place? Then, you need to enroll for a highly engaging and valuable two-day seminar from GlobalCompliancePanel, a leading provider of professional trainings for the areas of regulatory compliance.

At this seminar, Lester S. Rosen, who is CEO and Attorney at Law at Employment Screening Resources, a national background screening company accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), will be the Director. To gain the benefit of the rich experience Lester brings into hiring best practices, please register for this seminar by visiting Wrong hiring and ways of avoiding it .

Touching upon all aspects of legally safe hiring and background checks

Over these two days, which will see a high level of interactivity, Lester will equip the participants with cutting edge tools, the latest legal developments and practical advice on the challenges of recruiting, background screening and hiring the best people for their organization. All those related to hiring practices, such as Human Resources professionals, Employers, Business Owners, Hiring Managers, Staffing Directors, Risk Management and Security Processionals, Staffing Professionals, Recruiters, and Background Screening Professionals will gain immensely from this session.

This seminar will help participants with the ways of obtaining and utilizing criminal records and background information on job applicants. The Director will update them on recent legal developments, and describe a few case studies which will help them understand the steps employers should take and the mistakes they should avoid. He will also familiarize them with the critical issues relating to hiring, such as the use of social networking sites, new technology and the EEOC approach to the use of criminal records and credit reports. Also taken up for discussion is the topic of why class action lawsuits are rising exponentially against employers and how to effectively comply with the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), as well as the many state laws that are in place for regulating background checks.

The Director will help participants understand with the immediate steps they can take to avoid a bad hire by putting in place a screening policy that withstands legal scrutiny. He will also traverse a variety of topics related to background checks such as:

o  The process employers should use in hiring to minimize the chance of a bad hire

o  The ways of adapting a background screening system

o  The ways of selecting the rightly suited screening partner

o  The most judicious ways of using social media, international background checks and drug testing.

GlobalCompliancePanel announces Seasonal offers for Professionals with Flat 50% OFF on all Seminars

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Do celebrations need a cause and a reason? Yes, and GlobalCompliancePanel, a leading provider of professional trainings for the regulatory compliance areas, is having a solid cause and reason for doing so. It is celebrating the many years of its relationship with its customers spread all over the world by offering its trainings at a massive 50% discount!

Yes, that is right. GlobalCompliancePanel’s seminars will be available for a huge 50% discount till April 30. Regulatory professionals who want to augment their knowledge of regulatory compliance can now do so by paying just half the price of these trainings from GlobalCompliancePanel. All that is needed to do walk away with a rare offer such as this is to visit https://www.globalcompliancepanel.com/seminar?wordpress_SEO and use MGCP50 Promo Code.

This offer is valid till April 30, 2017. Regulatory professionals who want to take any of GlobalCompliancePanel’s trainings can book their trainings for an area of their interest by this date. From April 1 onwards, this offer will cease, meaning that the original price will apply from then.

So, why is GlobalCompliancePanel offering this discount? It is for a simple, but profound reason: It wants to thank its huge customer base for the support they have been extending to this company over the many years for which it has been in business. During the course of the 10 years for which GlobalCompliancePanel has been in business, it has trained thousands of regulatory compliance professionals from around the world.

These professionals, belonging to such varied geographies as the US and Japan and India and Canada, have been able to meet their regulatory compliance challenges on account of these trainings. These trainings are relevant, focused and valuable, and are from some of the best known regulatory compliance Experts found anywhere on this planet.

It is these trainings that have been hoping these professionals in the regulatory compliance arena gain more insights into regulations from the FDA, the EMA and other such bodies around the world. These trainings have been consistently helping them to meet these challenges, as they give them a better and sharper understanding of the implementing these requirements.

These regulatory requirements can pose hurdles to the most experienced and brightest of regulatory compliance professionals in the medical devices, pharmaceutical, life sciences and food and biologicals areas, but not to those who undertake professional trainings from GlobalCompliancePanel. GlobalCompliancePanel’s panel of experts is here to help them overcome these challenges and hurdles.

This trend has been being witnessed from the time GlobalCompliancePanel entered the line of professional trainings. Any wonder then, that no fewer than 50,000 professionals have benefited from these trainings? What could be a better way of thanking such a huge base of customers than with this offer? GlobalCompliancePanel believes that a celebration should also be useful, and this is that this offer is!

Hurry up and enroll today. Happy learning!

 

 

Article on FDA 21 CFR Part 11 Compliance

FDA-regulated industries electronic signatures and other records are considered authentic. From 2007, a strong body of opinion has emerged challenging the stringency of these requirements, but nothing major has been diluted from these.

The regulations under FDA 21 CFR Part 11 Compliance set out criteria that the Food and Drug Agency (FDA) considers in order to deem electronic signatures authentic. The electronic records, electronic signatures, and handwritten signatures executed to electronic records of several FDA 21 CFR Part 11 Compliance sets out benchmarks by which FDA-regulated industries have to be compliant with the standards set out in FDA 21 CFR Part 11 Compliance to prove that these are authentic, safe and trustworthy. The operative factor is that the FDA has to consider these signatures as being on par with those done on paper.

Which industries are included in FDA 21 CFR Part 11 Compliance?

FDA 21 CFR Part 11 Compliance applies to nearly all FDA-regulated industries, including but not restricted to:

  • Medical device manufacturers
  • Drug makers
  • CROs
  • Biotech companies, and
  • Biologics developers

The Aim of FDA 21 CFR Part 11 Compliance

The aim of FDA 21 CFR Part 11 Compliance is to ensure that specified FDA-regulated industries such as those mentioned above (with specific exceptions) implement controls -which could include audits, audit trails, documentation, system validations, and electronic signatures -for software and systems involved in processing electronic data that are:

  • Required to be maintained by the FDA predicate rules or
  • Used to demonstrate compliance to a predicate rule. The FDA describes a predicate rule as any requirement set forth in the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, the Public Health Service Act, or any FDA regulation other than Part 11. FDA 21 CFR Part 11 Compliance also applies to submissions made to the FDA in electronic format, such as a new drug application.

Which industries are exempt from FDA 21 CFR Part 11 Compliance?

Interestingly, exceptions are allowed within the same industry, based on the format of filing. For example, while FDA 21 CFR Part 11 Compliance applies to submissions made to the FDA in electronic format; it does not apply to a paper submission for the same made in electronic format, such as fax.

Also, FDA 21 CFR Part 11 compliance is not required for record retention for trace backs by food manufacturers. Similar to the logic used in the mode of filing as noted above; most food manufacturers are not otherwise explicitly required to keep detailed records, but when organizations keep electronic documentation for HACCP and similar requirements; this documentation must meet these requirements.

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Preparing premarket submissions that win regulatory approval

Preparing premarket submissions that win regulatory approval is a complex task, even for the most seasoned professional in the medical devices industry. This is because of the highly stringent nature of the regulatory approval pathways, namely the Premarket Approval (PMA) process and FDA regulatory 510(k) clearance.

What makes preparing premarket submissions that win regulatory approval challenging? It is the fact, acknowledged by the FDA itself, that the PMA is the most stringent type of device marketing application required by the FDA. The PMA should be secured from the FDA before the company markets the medical device. The FDA gives its approval of the PMA for a Class II medical device only after it determines that all the elements necessary for assuring that the application has enough scientific confirmation that it is safe and effective for the intended uses it is going to be put to. Preparing premarket submissions thus is an onerous task by any stretch of imagination.

Another element of preparing premarket submissions that win regulatory approval

Another aspect of preparing premarket submissions is the 510 (k). The 510 (k) is essentially a kind of premarket submission that is made to the FDA to show that the device that a manufacturer intends to market is at least as effective and safe as a legally marketed device of its equivalence, already in the market, that is not subject to PMA. The FDA calls this principle the substantial equivalency (SE) and the device that is used as the reference for equivalence, the predicate device. The requirements governing SE are contained in 21 CFR 807.92(a) (3).

On top of all these, regulatory professionals have the responsibility of creating preparing premarket submissions that should not only convincingly demonstrate the ways of stating and explaining regulatory arguments for their device to the U.S. FDA reviewer for getting the approval; they should also be presentable and well-organized, without being cluttered or confusing.

Professional trainings for preparing premarket submissions that win regulatory approval

Given all these, it goes without saying that a completely thorough understanding and knowledge of the relevant U.S. FDA laws, regulations and requirements is absolutely necessary for regulatory professionals. This in-depth understanding can be had only from thorough training, which is indispensable if the medical device company is to win a clearance or approval.

The ways by which to do this is the core learning a two-day seminar from GlobalCompliancePanel, a leading provider of professional trainings for the regulatory compliance areas, will impart. The Director of this seminar is Subhash Patel, a very senior regulatory professional and founder of New Jersey-based MD Reg Consulting LLC, which serves medical device industry clients in all aspects of global regulatory affairs specific to their needs.

To enroll for this highly valuable training session on how to successfully prepare 510(k)/Pre-IDE/IDE and PMA premarket submissions that secure clearances and approvals from the FDA, please register for this seminar by visiting http://www.globalcompliancepanel.com/control/globalseminars/~product_id=900776SEMINAR?wordpress-SEO .  This seminar has been pre-approved by RAPS as eligible for up to 12 credits towards a participant’s RAC recertification upon full completion.

The grasp needed for preparing premarket submission that win regulatory approval

At this seminar, Patel will demonstrate the grasp that regulatory professionals in the medical devices industry need for working with the FDA officials during the review and approval process of their submission. He will offer a complete understanding of the major aspects of FDA premarket submissions.

While knowledge of the regulatory process is one thing; medical device companies also need to know how to set and state regulatory arguments for their device in a most convincing manner to the FDA reviewer. This knowledge will be part of this course. In the process of explaining how to prepare premarket submissions that win regulatory approval; Patel will also offer tips and suggestions to participants on how to work effectively with the U.S. FDA officials during review and approval process of their submission.

During the course of these two days, Patel will cover the following core elements of how to prepare premarket submissions. He will explain the following:

o  History and background of U.S FDA Laws and Regulations

o  Classify Your Device

o  Choose the Correct Premarket Submission for your device

o  Compile the Appropriate Information for your Premarket Submission

o  Author and Prepare your Premarket Submission

o  Submit your Premarket Submission to the FDA

o  Interact with FDA Staff during Review and Approval

o  Complete the Establishment Registration and Device Listing

http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/DeviceRegulationandGuidance/HowtoMarketYourDevice/PremarketSubmissions/PremarketApprovalPMA/default.htm

http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/DeviceRegulationandGuidance/HowtoMarketYourDevice/PremarketSubmissions/PremarketNotification510k/default.htm

Standard Operating Procedures are crucial documents in the regulatory industry

 

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are very important documents that can make or break an organization in the regulatory industry. In simple terms, a Standard Operating Procedure, as suggested in its nomenclature, is a description of a specific operational procedure in which all the activities necessary to complete tasks that conform to established best practices, set regulatory requirements for the particular industry, and the relevant State or local laws provincial laws are explained. Many a time, a Standard Operating Procedure can be just a description of the organization’s own mode of doing things related to its business.

So, this description leads to the fact that since a Standard Operating Procedure is a detailed description of how things are to be done by an organization; any such document in the medical devices industry contains a list of step-by-step procedures the manufacturing organization lays down for producing its products. In a larger sense, an SOP is a complete depiction of all the practices followed by a business that has to meet the required quality and regulatory standards.

Get trained on how to write Standard Operating Procedures effectively

Given the acute importance of Standard Operating Procedures; it is important for regulatory professionals to get a clear idea of how to approach them by getting a thorough understanding of this concept. A two-day seminar from GlobalCompliancePanel, a leading provider of professional trainings for all the areas of regulatory compliance, is being organized to give a thorough understanding of how to write Standard Operating Procedures effectively for the medical devices industry.

David R. Dills, Regulatory & Compliance Consultant with more than 24 years of hands-on experience and a proven track record within the FDA regulated industry, who has an extensive regulatory and compliance background with Class I/II/III and IVD devices, pharmaceutical operations, and who manages activities within the global regulatory and compliance space; will be the Director of this seminar.  To gain a clear understanding of the topic of Standard Operating Procedures for the medical devices industry, please register for this seminar by visiting http://www.globalcompliancepanel.com/control/globalseminars/~product_id=900760SEMINAR?wordpress_seo . This seminar has been pre-approved by RAPS as eligible for up to 12 credits towards a participant’s RAC recertification upon full completion.

A clear clarification of all the major issues and aspects relating to Standard Operating Procedures will be one of the core purposes of this seminar. Writing a Standard Operating Procedure should be simple, or at least, that is what it appears in theory. In reality though, writing Standard Operating Procedures or procedural documents is quite challenging in the regulated industries, because the Standard Operating Procedures have to take a whole host of procedures, processes, practices and factors into consideration.

The FDA requires “proof of establish” for writing Standard Operating Procedures

In order to make this easier, the Director of this seminar will make the participants of this seminar understand the cornerstone of writing Standard Operating Procedures, which for the medical devices industry, is what the FDA calls “proof of establish”. This is the foundation of FDA regulations and guidance documents for this industry, and consists of the entire array of activities pertaining to the practice of how to define, document (in writing or electronically) and implement that which is written.

Once this rationale for the Standard Operating Procedures is clear, the step-by-step set of instructions needed for performing a particular job or task in the regulated industries flows more easily.  This is the teaching David will instill at this seminar on Standard Operating Procedures.

Writing Standard Operating Procedures is not the end; implementing what is written is

This said, writing the set of Standard Operating Procedures is by no means the end of the work for regulatory professionals. Implementing that which has been created and are in the process of being created is much more vital. David will offer understanding of this aspect by presenting topics associated with how to write, format, execute, manage and globally harmonize Standard Operating Procedures. This is going to be explained keeping in mind the fact that SOP’s are the most popular documents audited by FDA and other Agencies, as well as by auditors and customers.

Standard Operating Procedures and GDP

This seminar on Standard Operating Procedures will also give a detailed understanding of Good Documentation Practices required by companies to ensure GMP compliance and the role played by Standard Operating Procedures in helping achieve the required level of compliance and quality.

This seminar will provide a step-by-step overview and a snapshot of the procedure description, the process and format. The Director will show recent enforcement actions for Standard Operating Procedures related violations, most of which are documentation related. He will also emphasize the fact that Standard Operating Procedures work best when they are designed to achieve specific results, and will teach participants the ways by which to determine what business goals will be achieved through better management with Standard Operating Procedures and how those goals will be measured.

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