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Advancing Biologics Development Programs with Legacy Cell Lines: Advantages and Limitations of Genetic Testing for Addressing Clonality Concerns Prior to Availability of Late Stage Process and Product Consistency Data

Wu, Paul and Hartman, Taymar and Almond, Louise and Stevens, Jennitte and Thrift, John and Ojha, Juhi and Alves, Christina and Shaw, David and Laird, Mike and Emmins, Robyn and Zhu, Yuan and Liu, Ren and Du, Zhimei and Koehler, Rolf and Jostock, Thomas and Anderson, Karin and Campbell, Chris and Clarke, Howard (2019) Advancing Biologics Development Programs with Legacy Cell Lines: Advantages and Limitations of Genetic Testing for Addressing Clonality Concerns Prior to Availability of Late Stage Process and Product Consistency Data. PDA journal of pharmaceutical science and technology. ISSN 19482124

Abstract

The bioprocessing industry uses recombinant mammalian cell lines to generate therapeutic biologic drugs. To ensure consistent product quality of the therapeutic proteins it is imperative to have a controlled production process. Regulatory agencies and the biotechnology industry consider cell line ″clonal origin″ an important aspect of maintaining process control. Demonstration of clonal origin of the cell substrate, or production cell line, has received considerable attention in the past few years and the industry has improved methods and devised standards to increase the probability and/or assurance of clonal-derivation 1-4. However, older production cell lines developed before the implementation of these methods, herein referred to as ″legacy cell lines″, may not meet current regulatory expectations for demonstration of clonal-derivation. In this article, the members of the IQ Consortium ″Working Group on Clonality″ present our position that the demonstration of process consistency and product comparability of critical quality attributes (CQAs) throughout the development life cycle should be sufficient to approve a license application without additional genetic analysis to support clonal origin, even for legacy cell lines that may not meet current day clonal-derivation standards. With this commentary we discuss advantages and limitations of genetic testing methods to support clonal-derivation of legacy cell lines and wish to promote a mutual understanding with the regulatory authorities regarding their optional use during early drug development, subsequent to IND application and prior to demonstration of product and process consistency at BLA submission.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: cell line development CHO cell culture clonality genetic characterization MCB WVB
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2019 00:45
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2019 00:45
URI: https://oak.novartis.com/id/eprint/39853

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