Data management and data integrity are concepts at the core of modern pharmaceutical businesses. Drug development data, raw material data, QC testing data and many more are carefully maintained throughout the product lifecycle and regularly interrogated
for product quality insights and potential trend indicators. Handling of in-process data has lagged these other data types somewhat, with widespread connection of equipment SCADA systems to MES or data-lakes only a relatively recent development, and
a lot of work is yet to be done before the true value of carefully collecting this data can be realised through widespread automation delivering improved repeatability and greater yields.
Unfortunately, the handling of process data during development is often less structured than for that of established products. Handling this data differently to production data, or storing it in different systems substantially reduces the available or
easily accessible process performance information during the early months and years of full-scale manufacturing, missing opportunities for early insights and process improvements. A single system like SmartX from Innopharma Technology, designed from
the ground-up to support process data from development to scale-up and manufacturing can contribute substantially to product knowledge and process understanding.
SmartX provides a platform for DoE design and execution ensuring end-to-end data handling and traceability in development, as well as advanced automation of manufacturing processes, supporting the full process lifecycle.
Additionally, SmartX helps to ensure that control logic and parameters are derived in a scale-agnostic way, allowing the easiest possible transition from development to manufacturing scale. This is accomplished through the user-friendly process definition
and automation interface, where logical “blocks” representing first-principles-based process-specific control methodologies, carefully designed by relevant process experts, can be dragged and dropped to operate serially or in parallel
across multiple process phases, building up the comprehensive logic required for robust automation.
SmartX’s data analytics dashboard further simplifies the process of deriving insights and improving control approaches from the outset of production, allowing painless optimisation and maximised yields.
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