• "We're Different!" Overcoming the Challenges of Applying Lean Principles to Knowledge Work

    27 April, 2017 by Drew Locher, President, Change Management Associates

    If you are applying lean management principles to R and D, life science, or other knowledge work processes, you’ve probably heard the "we're different” argument. It usually goes something like this, “You can’t apply lean process improvement techniques to creative work because everything we do varies."

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  • 10 Criteria to Aid in the Selection of Investigative Sites

    2 May, 2017 by Craig Morgan, Head of Marketing, goBalto

    Investigative sites are the heart and soul of clinical trials, essential to ensuring the efficacy and safety of pharmaceutical compounds in humans. Site selection is pivotal to the successful execution of trials, which are not only long and bureaucratic, but are also experiencing diminishing returns. Studies estimate that it costs upwards of $2B dollars to bring a new drug to market, with daily revenue losses in ranging from $1M to $8M due to delayed market entry.

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  • Life Science Polls Reveal Lack of Automation, High Cost of Quality Stoppages

    4 May, 2017 Cindy Fazzi, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    Increased automation through digital technology platforms is one of the top business trends for 2017 (1). It’s a crucial enabler for businesses to compete successfully, according to the IT research and advisory company Gartner Inc.

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  • What is a Document Management System and 8 Reasons Your Company Probably Needs One

    9 May, 2017 Marci Crane, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    A document management system is a software solution that allows for the digital management of documentation. Today most documentation managed by document management systems is business-related.

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  • What Is a Document Control System?

    12 May, 2017 David Jensen, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    Being in the regulated manufacturer arena, you have heard that oft recited phrase “if it isn’t documented, it didn’t happen.” This motto shared among life sciences companies means an efficient document control system is at the core of quality management. Documents and records serve as proof that your company follows good manufacturing and document management practices required for compliance.

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  • The 15 Strangest Phobias and Why They Include the Fear of Paper

    23 May, 2017 Marci Crane, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    It’s difficult to label any phobia as the “strangest” because most phobias are considered kooky, weird or downright bizarre. Phobias are also nearly impossible to understand with the logical mind – they just don’t seem to make sense! However, for those experiencing a true phobia, logic doesn’t make one bit of difference. The terror is still alive and well.

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  • When GCP & GMP Meet

    30 May, 2017 by Laurie Meehan, Social Media Manager, Polaris Compliance Consultants

    Developing safe and effective drugs requires a coordinated effort across a diverse set of disciplines. This is easier to observe at some points in the process than at others. Once a product is well into human trials, it can be easy to forget that developments on the manufacturing side of the house can affect the clinicians who are conducting the studies.

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  • Why It’s Time to Revisit FDA’s Quality by Design

    1 June, 2017 Cindy Fazzi, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    Patients of Alzheimer’s disease, their families, and health care advocates recently encountered back-to-back disappointments when two clinical trials for Alzheimer’s drugs failed in quick succession. First, Eli Lilly & Co. stopped its late-stage clinical trial for solanezumab, then Merck & Co. ended its clinical trial for verubecestat. Both studies failed to show efficacy.

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  • Training Does Not Stand Alone: The Quest for Training Effectiveness Continues

    8 June, 2017 by Vivian Bringslimark, President and Owner, HPIS Consulting, Inc.

    While training may appear to be straightforward to most leaders, the effectiveness follow up is anything but clear-cut. So why do business leaders frown when the answer to the training effectiveness question is – it depends?

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  • Combination Products and CGMPs: What You Should Know

    27 June, 2017 by Dr. Karl M. Kapp, Department of Instructional Technology, Bloomsburg University

     At the beginning of this year, the FDA    issued final guidance for Current Good  Manufacturing Practice (CGMPs)  Requirements for Combination Products.  This guidance is for therapeutic and  diagnostic products that combine drugs,  devices, and/or biological products. This  guidance has become increasingly  necessary due to the rapid pace of technological advances in the life science industry where product types continue to merge and blur lines

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  • An Exciting Time in Life Sciences: Touching Stories from a Life-Improving Industry

    29 June, 2017 by Marci Crane, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    A recent industry outlook for the life sciences industry published by Deloitte mentions opportunities and concerns facing the life sciences industry.

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  • Why the Supply Chain Is so Important Toward Supporting Business Success

    6 July, 2017 by Bob Ferrari, Managing Director, The Ferrari Consulting and Research Group, Founder and Executive Editor, Supply Chain Matters blog

    I term myself as an observer of multi-industry supply chains from respective management practitioner, technology implementer and industry analyst roles. I founded the

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  • Developing a Quality System on a Managed Budget

    11 July, 2017 by Keith Matthews, Director Quality Systems, Regulatory Compliance Associates Inc.

    Developing a quality system is the foundation for ensuring the organization’s products or services are safe, effective and controlled to deliver customer satisfaction.  Throughout the organization’s lifecycle, from start-up through maturity, the quality needs of the firm, along with its budget constraints, are continually evolving.  Maintaining compliance with regulations while controlling costs represents a challenging balancing act we encounter in our life science consultancy. 

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  • How Training Personnel on Your Quality System Can Produce Positive ROI. Don’t Stop at the Quality Manager.

    18 July, 2017 By Greg Peckford, Founder, Quality Career Advancement

    Is the quality manager the only individual within an organization that requires training on quality and improvement methods? Absolutely not! In order for an organization to get the most value out of their quality program, and to ensure it is effective, is to train as many people as possible or even all employees, depending on the size of the company, on the concepts and strategies that its quality management system is based on.

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  • Not Just Tiny Humans: Considerations for Conducting Pediatric Clinical Trials

    25 July, 2017 by Jamie Arnott, Project Director and Caitlin Hirschman, Clinical Team Lead, Rho

    When it comes to the conduct of pediatric clinical trials, there are number of things you need to consider in order to ensure the successful conduct of a study. From study design to logistics to recruitment, there are real differences between studies conducted in pediatric populations and studies conducted in adult populations.

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  • Good Communication Skills are Key for Inspection Readiness

    25 August, 2017 by UL

    When an FDA inspector comes to your door, it is usually a time of stress and uncertainty.  You need to handle logistical elements like where the inspectors are going to be placed, how you 

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  • Avoiding CAPA Pitfalls: 10 Tips from a Food Industry Quality Expert

    22 August, 2017 by James Jardine, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    At a recent ASQ Salt Lake Section symposium held at the headquarters of quality management software solutions provider

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  • Five Common Issues that could Jeopardize Training Compliance

    9 December, 2014 Cindy Fazzi, Staff Writer

    If your company is regulated, then you know that it’s not enough to have your quality standards on paper. You have to implement and integrate them into your daily operations and prove to regulators that your standards and policies work.

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  • Why Russia Is an Attractive Market for Clinical Trials

    16 August, 2016 MasterControl

    When you think of countries as candidates for clinical trials, which ones come to mind? North America, Great Britain, France?

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  • Free E-Book Depicts a Decade of Change in Life Science Regulatory Compliance

    6 September, 2016 Cindy Fazzi, Staff Writer

    Which came first, the chicken or the egg? This dilemma applies to automation and regulatory compliance. Did the FDA issue 21 CFR Part 11 to encourage technology use? Or did life science companies use technology first—prompting the FDA to develop corresponding regulations?

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