A collaborative ecosystem: Accelerating the commercial manufacturing of novel vaccines and other therapeutics

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Over the last 35 years, the biopharmaceutical industry has made significant contributions to improving human health outcomes by developing and commercializing recombinant protein and monoclonal antibody (mAbs) therapies. 2021 marked the FDA’s approval of its 100th mAb therapy while simultaneously, groundbreaking research has resulted in safe and effective nucleic acid and gene therapy platforms.

Innovation in these areas enabled the rapid commercialization of vaccines for COVID-19 and will continue to drive the future of medicine; however, the industry will need to achieve greater efficiencies and scale for its manufacturing and supply chain processes for innovation to continue to translate to successful, sustainable commercialization.

This presentation will discuss how suppliers and manufacturers can partner to overcome the challenges of drug development related to the scale-up, technology transfer, regulatory considerations, and commercialization timelines of bringing new therapies to market.

This keynote presentation was given during BPI Cell&Gene Therapy Manufacturing & Commercialization US, September 28, 2021                                                                                    

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Presented by:

Dr. Nandu Deorkar

Ph.D., MBA, Senior Vice President, Research & Development – Biopharma Production, Avantor

Nandu Deorkar is Senior Vice President, Biopharma Production Research & Development for Avantor. He is responsible for innovation strategy and planning, and execution of new products and technology development. During his more than 25-year career in research & development, Dr. Deorkar has been leading teams working on various aspects of upstream and downstream bioprocessing, single use systems, chemical/polymer R&D, drug development, formulation, drug delivery technologies, process development, and technology transfer. He has published more than 30 articles and holds more than 20 patents. Dr. Deorkar received Ph.D. from Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India and MBA in Marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, NJ, USA.

Avantor®, a Fortune 500 company, is a leading global provider of mission-critical products and services to customers in the biopharma, healthcare, education & government, and advanced technologies & applied materials industries. Our portfolio is used in virtually every stage of the most important research, development and production activities in the industries we serve. Our global footprint enables us to serve more than 300,000 customer locations and gives us extensive access to research laboratories and scientists in more than 180 countries. We set science in motion to create a better world.