Session VII: Planning Project Handoffs

Thursday, June 7, 2012, 1:30pm-3:00pm EDT

Session Co-Chairs

  • John Peragine, Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Cheryl Teich, The Dow Chemical Co.


Presentation Speaker
Transfer of Pharmaceutical Finished Product Processes to Third Party Manufacturers John Peragine
Outsourcing of Manufacturing Services from the Tolling Company’s Perspective Joan Roller
Technology Transfer - Managing the Handoff Ron Leng

Transfer of Pharmaceutical Finished Product Processes to Third Party Manufacturers

John Peragine,  Bristol-Myers Squibb

Pharmaceutical companies routinely use third party manufacturers (TPMs) to manufacture their drug products, in addition to their own manufacturing sites. For currently marketed products, the technology transfer and implementation of the commercial process can be especially challenging since the equivalence of the manufacturing processes at the current and new sites needs to be demonstrated.

The manufacturing process at the new site needs to yield final drug product which has the same quality attributes as the product from the current site. Process/product equivalence is also important to demonstrate for the required FDA and multinational registrations before the new site can be approved for manufacturing.

Examples of some challenges of technology transfer of pharmaceutical finished products to TPMs are given in case studies for three different pharmaceutical dosage forms - capsules, sterile liquid, and tablets.  The capsule product was manufactured at two different in-house sites and transferred to a new TPM.

The sterile liquid product was manufactured at the same TPM for 40 years and was transferred to a new TPM.  The tablet product is still being manufactured in-house but is being considered for transfer.  For this active project, there are currently six different TPMs under consideration due to the nature of the product and complexity of the manufacturing process (so only limited information can be shared at this time).

Outsourcing of Manufacturing Services from the Tolling Company’s Perspective

Joan Roller, CRI

Many chemical companies and companies that use chemicals are outsourcing manufacturing service to a third party. Joan Roller has worked for the last 20 years for companies that do the tolling. This talk will give you her perspective on some of the best practices that she has found for meeting the customer’s needs and the toller’s needs.

Roller will give some practical examples of things to do and not to do. This talk will be focused on industrial chemical outsourcing and not on pharmaceutical outsourcing.

Technology Transfer - Managing the Handoff

Ron Leng, The Dow Chemical Co.

In order to successfully commercialize a new product or process many different people are involved along the way from the discovery chemist lab bench to the full scale commercial manufacturing plant.

With this comes a wide diversity of technical expertise, experience, work practice, communication style, and cultural differences.  Much like the children’s game of “Telephone”, many of the details of a new process can slip through the cracks as technology is transferred from one group to another.  Investing in understanding the people at the technology transfer interface is wise and will lead to more effective communication.

In this talk I will discuss handoffs between chemists and engineers and between the research and development and engineering and manufacturing functions.  Additionally, I will share some personal experiences in technology transfer to a toll manufacturer and receipt of technology from a technology licensor.

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Ron Leng

Ron is a chemical engineer, graduating from Michigan Technological University in 1981 who characterizes himself as a “Process Integrator” vs. a deep, but narrow subject matter expert. Over his 35 year career with Dow he has held a variety of roles in both Research and Development and in Manufacturing. He has manufacturing experience ranging from world scale Chlor-Alkali to small, specialty blown and cast film plants. Ron has extensive experience in the development and scale up of new processes as well as the development of supply strategies, with primary focus in the Agricultural Chemicals arena.Read more

Mr. John Peragine

John Peragine is a Senior Principal Technical Investigator in Manufacturing Technologies for Bristol-Myers Squibb and has over 30 years of experience in scale-up and technology transfer to commercial product manufacturing.  He is part of a team responsible for technology transfer of all finished product pharmaceutical dosage forms to manufacturing sites worldwide. Previous responsibilities included the technical evaluation and implementation of Process Analytical Technologies for pharmaceutical processing operations and finished product dosage forms.  He was a member of several FDA PAT-...Read more

Ms. Joan Roller

Joan Roller is currently the business development manager for CRI, a custom milling, blending and repackaging company located in Fountain Inn, South Carolina.

Before coming to CRI, Joan worked as a tolling business development manager for FutureFuel Chemical Company for 5 years. Prior to this, she worked in business development for Eastman Chemical Company in their custom/tolling business. Her career at Eastman/Kodak spans 32 years in which she held numerous jobs in manufacturing and business units.

Joan graduated from East Tennessee State University in 1974 in Chemistry. Her...Read more