Article | September 10, 2019

Best Practices For A Successful Bioprocess Technology Transfer

Source: GE Healthcare Life Sciences
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A well-executed bioprocess technology transfer (tech transfer) is critical to ensure smooth knowledge transfer and optimal process reproducibility. If not executed properly, you risk reducing the quality and efficiency of your process. Waste time trouble shooting, and you may delay your time to market. In today’s global markets effective tech transfer is critical.

What is tech transfer, and when does it happen?

Technology transfer is a formalized process for moving the manufacture of a drug from one facility, one scale or one drug life cycle phase to another.

Tech transfer occurs multiple times during the life cycle of a drug as it progresses from lab to commercial production. At each stage, changes in equipment, methods, and materials may require process optimization or redevelopment, and the new production team will need training. Changes in materials or scale can result in process variability, and critical process parameters may need to be optimized, or the entire process may need to be redeveloped.

Whether you are a well-established biopharma company or a small start-up, smooth tech transfer is critical to the success and speed to market of your drug. A successful tech transfer requires diligent planning, proper documentation and procedures, and experienced experts who can guide the process and avoid the pitfalls.