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Helium Leak Testing

By Simon Cote

March 24, 2022

When selecting the appropriate rubber stopper for any respective vial containment system, there are many aspects to consider regarding the properties of the elastomeric closure. For the purposes of this discussion, the focus will be on the functional performance of the stopper and what key aspects should be considered during the assessment and selection process. Coring and fragmentation, container closure integrity, and machinability of the stoppers will be briefly reviewed.

Frozen Vials

By Jen Roark

March 03, 2022

The FDA has approved over twenty (20) cell and gene therapy drugs, and with the rapid growth of the cell and gene therapy market, there is greater demand than ever to demonstrate container-closure integrity (CCI) at ultra-low temperatures. To preserve the product’s efficacy, most cell and gene therapy drugs are stored at temperatures below -60ºC. Many of these products are packaged in either vial systems or cryogenic freezing bags. While each of these container-closure systems poses a unique challenge for the evaluation of CCI at ultra-low temperatures, the discussion in this blog focuses specifically on vial systems.

Fill-Finish Equipment

By Erik Anderson

October 21, 2021

The need for advanced containment solutions, and novel fill-finish processing to enable implementation of these solutions, continues to grow as more complex drug products enter multiple pipelines. As biotech companies develop these complex drug products, the integration of product and process knowledge is crucial to delivering product safety, quality, identity, potency, and purity. And as biotech companies seek partners to help accelerate their development processes, West is committed to leading multi-disciplined, high-performance teams in developing optimal fill-finish solutions for novel packaging and container systems. This dynamic partnership is well-illustrated by the following case study.

Container Closure Integrity Testing Chart

By Qingyu Zeng, Ph.D.

June 07, 2021

Container closure integrity (CCI) has been a fundamental core requirement of containment and delivery solutions in the West product portfolio. Container closure systems (CCSs) must maintain both the sterility and stability of pharmaceutical products; very importantly they must be free of microbial contamination. Microbial ingress into a CCS will jeopardize product sterility.

Helium Leak Testing

By Birgit Mueller-Chorus Ph.D.

April 27, 2021

For vial containment and pre-filled syringe systems, it is essential to maintain drug sterility over shelf life. Ordinarily, such maintenance comprises prevention of ingress of oxygen, water, and microbes. To demonstrate this, it is essential to perform "container closure integrity testing” (CCIT), or leak testing.

Cell and Gene Therapy

By Olga Laskina, PhD.

December 23, 2020

With the growth of gene and cell therapies, there is an increased need to characterize container closure systems (CCS) at the low temperatures experienced during their lifecycles: ultra-low (-80°C) for genes and cryogenic (-180°C) for cells. West’s Integrated Solutions platform includes the state-of-the-art container closure integrity (CCI) capabilities needed for these therapies.