Pharmaceutical development blog posts

03 April, 2019

The best of SOT - working with weird and wonderful viral vectors

By Carey Rooks

Have you ever been to the Society of Toxicology (SOT) Annual Meeting? If you answered yes, you’ll know why we rank it as one of our 'must-attend' shows every year. 

Over five busy and inspiring days, top toxicologists, thought leaders, and industry heavyweights from over 50 countries got together to share their research and expertise.

2019's SOT program packed in over 100 featured and scientific sessions. At these sessions, attendees discussed cutting-edge science, mechanisms and regulatory considerations - amongst many other hot topics. 

The Envigo team were proud to host three sessions this year. Below you’ll find highlights from one of those sessions - Dr Kirsty Harper’s ‘Working with weird and wonderful viral vectors – how to combine animal husbandry and study design to ensure success’.

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07 March, 2019

Brexit and beyond: your guide to OECD Mutual Acceptance of Data

By Carey Rooks

It’s no secret that Brexit is weighing heavily on everybody’s minds at the moment. One of the major questions being asked in our industry is “how will Brexit affect the acceptance of non-clinical study data?”. In this blog post you’ll get our fully-informed answer.

We start with an overview of the OECD, and a summary of a recent public statement from the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). We cover the acceptance of Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) worldwide data from UK labs. Plus, you’ll hear from Envigo’s Chief Scientific Officer, Lee Coney, on the recent news. (Spoiler alert: if you’re an Envigo customer, you have nothing to worry about.)

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14 February, 2019

How commercialization can impact the cost of drug development

By Matthew Catley

How does a pharmaceutical company with no marketed products have a market capitalization of 1 billion dollars?  The answer to this question is probably quite complex, but ultimately the value investors place on a company is related to the commercial potential of the pipeline.  Ensuring you have a commercialization strategy that increases the chance of success for investors is key to obtaining the funding that will support the cost of your therapeutic development activities.

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13 February, 2019

4 crucial factors to consider when choosing a preclinical CRO

By Carey Rooks

In recent years, the role preclinical contract research organizations (CROs) play has been evolving. Traditionally, CROs would provide study data reports for well-defined projects. Now however, they are a more intrinsic part of the drug development process for many companies by providing strategic support and guidance to help ensure the successful progression of compound.

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13 February, 2019

3 reasons to engage a preclinical CRO earlier

By Carey Rooks

Preclinical drug development is inherently risky, with only one medicine being approved for every 10–20 candidates tested. The need to manage many moving parts, combined with increasing costs and the pressure to hit key milestones, means keeping a preclinical program on track can be a daunting task. But all is not lost, there is one crucial piece of the puzzle that can give you the competitive edge – utilizing a CRO’s scientific, operational and regulatory expertise at the very beginning of the preclinical stage to help design and carve your project plan.

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28 January, 2019

What you need to know about preclinical species selection

By Kirsty Harper

Traditionally, the selection of relevant species for non-clinical studies, as part of the preclinical drug development phase, has been a fairly straightforward process. This consists of new drugs assessed in two species, typically the rat and dog.  However, with the introduction of biologics, preclinical species selection has become much more of a case by case process, and as a result target-specific pharmacology plays a critical role, for both biologics and increasingly small molecule drugs.

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19 December, 2018

Top 6 pharmaceutical trends of 2018

By Freddie Campbell

The pharmaceutical market is growing at a rapid rate. 2018 produced a hive of sector activity with record-breaking FDA approvals and private investment in Biotech, all contributing to the growth of new medicines to meet unmet clinical needs.

Data shared by EvaluatePharma indicates the launch of novel therapies, including gene and cell therapies, as well as increased access to medicines globally are set to fuel growth in the market with total prescription drug sales expected to reach $1.2trn in 2024.  

With significant scientific advances in large molecular weight therapeutic development and major developments in therapeutic areas such as immunotherapies and oncology, to name a few, we've curated a set of insightful articles covering key pharmaceutical trends we saw in 2018 and things to look out for in 2019. 

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05 November, 2018

5 highlights from the Annual Biologics Symposium 2018

By Rob Evans

Recently we hosted The Eighth Annual Biologics Symposium (ABS) in London where industry thought leaders discussed the development of some of the most successful, and soon to be successful, biological drugs on the market. The event was held at the state-of-the-art IET London: Savoy place, seeped in cutting edge event technology - an inspiring venue where scientists could share their ideas, network, and explore practical ways to advance their drug development goals.

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26 October, 2018

Envigo Science and Technology week 2018 - helping build a healthier and safer world

By Carey Rooks

Recently Envigo held its first Science and Technology Week, across some of our key locations. We spoke to our President of EMEA Operations Lizanne Muller about this positive new program. Lizanne is based at our Huntingdon facility. She said: “Science and Technology Week was developed to celebrate the work that takes place across our organization every day. It was wonderful to see so many people sharing their passion for the work they do.” During the week we also invited our suppliers to join in our celebrations and discuss our ongoing partnerships.

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03 October, 2018

How to get the most out of your preclinical CRO

By Freddie Campbell

Many industry observers have said there's no such thing as a straightforward pharmaceutical development program anymore. Rising costs, high competition, novel therapeutic targets with complex biology and an increase in regulations are all factors that contribute to the challenges of progressing drugs to the market. 

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