Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy is an incurable disease that mostly affects boys. It results from a gene defect that prevents those affected from developing normal muscle structure and function. Children typically lose the ability to walk by early adolescence and may only survive into their 30s or 40s. A client was developing a new viral vector gene therapy, but they could only make one batch at a time, and this could only treat one patient. Nicole and her team worked on two paths. First, they re-engineered the growing process so it could now treat 5-10 patients per batch. Next, they gutted a site and rebuilt it with multiple bioreactor suites. All of this on a tight clinical trial deadline. Now, the client will be able to make enough material to treat hundreds of patients per year and the results are astounding. Promising clinical trials are underway and participants are developing stronger muscle tissue. Although it’s still early, the results for these Muscular Dystrophy patients are promising.
Mike’s team in Bend, OR was only supposed to optimize the spray drying process for a particular medication while another, much larger, facility would handle the large-scale manufacturing. However, the other facility’s equipment wouldn’t be available in time to meet the client’s aggressive IND filing schedule. It was time to leverage the power of the… Read More
After a long night of packing for her family’s spring break vacation, Holli woke up at 4:40 AM Saturday morning. She noticed a text message on her phone. A six-day-old baby experiencing violent seizures needed a client’s medication immediately. Vacation was going to have to wait. By 5:20 AM, Holli was on the phone with the client to identify a solution. By 7:30 AM, she and her team were at the site (normally closed on Saturdays). The client had received an emergency Treatment IND from the FDA the night before. Next, through Thermo Fisher’s Total Transportation Management capability, they were able to arrange same-day shipment from their TSA-certified warehouse. No red tape. No delay. No package opening at the airport. The package went directly on a commercial flight, and was hand delivered to the hospital 12 hours after Holli received that text. Best of all, when every moment mattered most, a baby in urgent need could be treated with the client’s medication in hours instead of days.
On a quiet Sunday afternoon, Pete and his wife Lisa took a moment to sit on a porch swing and relax. A small piece of wood holding the chain broke and they fell backwards causing Pete to break his neck. Now, this father of eight who had been a college athlete had to face life in a wheelchair, requiring assistance for even his most basic needs. Pete says while the physical toll was tremendous, the emotional and mental toll was even worse. In addition to dealing with his body having to understand its lack of function – from mobility to heat regulation – there was the depression and anxiety that also comes with watching his wife and kids step in to care for him. But Pete and Lisa did not give up. They worked for over a year with doctors to find the right mix of medications. Though it was a grueling process, eventually they got it right. Pete credits these medications with saving his life and giving him the strength to persevere. Together, Pete and Lisa look forward to the future: their daughter’s wedding, time with friends and family, even their first trip on an airplane since the accident. As Pete says, “We’ve been married 32 years. Not long enough.”
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As members of the United States Air Force, Lauryn and Chris were as healthy and fit as a young couple could be. But in the world of genetics, all it takes is a couple of proteins lining up in the wrong way, and things can change in a hurry. They found that out when two of their three children tested positive for Cystic Fibrosis (CF). Lauryn and Chris were both carriers of mutations that, when combined, caused the disease. So an active life was replaced with one of endless treatments, trips to the doctor and fear of catching even the slightest cold. Plus the knowledge that life expectancy for patients with CF was typically about 31. Something no parent wants to hear. They learned of a “wonder drug” helping CF patients – one that actually treated the underlying causes of the disease, not just the symptoms. Best of all, it was manufactured in their backyard in Reading, Ohio. After about 6 months of taking the medicine, their doctor said something they hadn’t heard before: “Your daughter looks healthy.” And best of all, life expectancy for patients who respond to this therapy is now into the 60s and beyond. So these two veterans can now look forward to all the dreams that parents have for their kids, including a long life and children of their own some day.
Several Chinese pharmaceutical companies were competing to be first to market. And second place didn’t matter. Hui Wang, from Thermo Fisher’s Brisbane, Australia site, had a client trying to become the first Chinese pharmaceutical company to bring a cancer drug to the U.S. market. The complication? They’re a Chinese company who has never done business in the west. Clearly translators would have to keep things moving. But speaking both Mandarin and English wasn’t enough. With speed at a premium and a tech transfer document needed asap, Hui also needed to be fluent in the language of science. With her extensive scientific and manufacturing background, she worked with client teams, translating technical information in real time. So the process never slowed down. In fact, instead of taking the typical two months, the initial tech transfer document was ready in two weeks. Allowing her client to win that race.
In the world of drug manufacturing not all life-saving decisions happen in the lab. Sometimes it’s a lot closer to delivery that key moments require fast thinking. Such as one Saturday morning in Memphis, TN, when Marcus noticed the freezer temperatures were out of range. With over 2,000 cold chain shipments leaving his facility per day, he couldn’t afford to lose a week’s supply due to warm temperatures. As the repair crew worked on the issue, Marcus knew it wasn’t an easy fix and he needed a backup. So he had to make a call, on a weekend, without time to consult the chain of command. Soon, Marcus had a few freezer trailers on site, and an emergency work crew helping to load ice into them, so they could keep the week’s supply safe. And on Sunday, when he got the notification that the main freezer was having issues again, he knew he had made the right call. Today, the freezer is fully operational, and such issues are rare. However, we now keep extra freezer trailers on site permanently as a back-up, just in case.
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