Antibody drug conjugates are an emerging class of biotherapeutics which require unique supporting infrastructure to meet bio/ pharmaceutical industry standards for safe, effective and reliable manufacturing. These highly potent biopharmaceuticals present a series of unique manufacturing challenges driven by their potency and raw material supply chain. Facility design must take into consideration these manufacturing challenges to insure employee safety and robust process performance. The concepts addressed in this article convey the experience gained by Lonza during our years working with this class of biotherapeutics.
Antibody-drug conjugates or ADCs are creating much excitement among life science professionals, medical/clinical research scientists and pharmaceutical specialists. At the same time, oncologists and hematologists are eager to welcome new treatment options in the ongoing war against cancer. This article reviews some of the advances made in the development of ADCs.