Cover: The word “sustainability” is both overused and abused: We hear about sustainable development in a sustainable economy that uses sustainable packaging for a sustainable future. But it’s an important concept, especially for the pharmaceutical industry as it transitions from manufacturing in stainless steel facilities to single-use technology in much smaller plants. This shift has revolutionized pharmaceutical manufacturing and is producing results that go far beyond the financial.
The 2017 Roger F. Sherwood Article of the Year Award winner was originally published in the July-August 2017 issue of this magazine. Written by Prof. Dr. Cristoph Herwig, Christian Wölbeling, and Thomas Zimmer, PhD, it is the first entry in the award’s history in which the judges’ decision was unanimous. The article presents the work of the newly formed ISPE Holistic Production Control Strategy Working Group, which has identified and summarized the need for a redefined control strategy implementation methodology.
Feature: PE talks with Roger Connor, President, Global Manufacturing Supply, GlaxoSmithKline, whose keynote at ISPE’s 2017 Annual Meeting & Expo made the case for bringing “outsiders” into pharma to jump-start innovative thinking in manufacturing. Jim Breen adds a sidebar about “embracing innovation” and why building facilities of the future is the only way forward.