PUTTING PROCESS ENGINEERING INTO ACTION
Jonathan Kearns, Head of Project Engineering, and Kevin Huang, New Product Introduction Manager, both at SHL Medical, consider how engineering competencies are being driven to the next level by leveraging process engineering and how this can transform drug-device projects.
CALL FOR HELP IN THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19! BUSINESSES UNITE TO SUPPLY 15,000 FACE VISORS A DAY TO NHS
A growing group of businesses is urgently calling for more companies to join its initiative to put in place an end-to-end supply chain for desperately needed protective face visors for NHS and other workers in the fight against COVID-19. The group aims to achieve volumes of approx. 15,000 units/day.
Canadian biotech company IMV has made impressively rapid, solid progress on the development of a vaccine candidate against the novel coronavirus, using its lipid-based vaccine delivery platform, DPX. New developments in just two weeks include, include: initiation of peptide candidate manufacturing, cGMP scale-up plans, preclinical models/assays; and Phase I clinical trial design completed, with discussions with Health Canada already underway also.
Springboard is now offering: design reviews / risk assessments of COVID-19 related medical devices at no charge; answering ad hoc requests for advice on devices relevant to COVID-19 at no charge; device development expertise, including a willingness to tackle short term projects on a not-for profit basis; submission of services to the UK Gov call for businesses to help make NHS ventilators.
Andreas Schneider highlights how the ever-increasing interest in device platforms raises concerns around the broad availability of lookalike autoinjectors that may result in inappropriate medication usage. He summarises a recent empirical study1 providing insights into which device attributes drive device distinguishability.