Opening Remarks and Keynote

Identification: TUES01

Catalent Biologics Technical Seminar 2023

Apr 14, 2023 10:00am ‐ Apr 14, 2023 10:00am

Workshop Session I: Nuts and Bolts of Bioassays

Apr 18, 2023 10:00am ‐ Apr 18, 2023 11:45am

Identification: 64153

Bioassays are one of the more complex assays used to support therapeutic product development.  As such, the practical elements of bioassays (the “nuts and bolts”) can also be complex.   These elements can range from the critical reagents selected for use in the bioassay (e.g.-cell line(s), recombinant proteins, serum) to assay formats (e.g.-dual cell-based cytotoxicity assays, single cell-based reporter gene assays, non cell-based binding assays), to the data analysis model selected (e.g.-4 -parameter logistic curve fit, 5-parameter curve fit).  The sustainability of these “nuts and bolts” is vital to establishing and maintaining bioassays over the lifecycle of a therapeutic product. This session will focus on different practical elements of bioassays and their impact on establishing desired method performance.


Alexandre Briguet, F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG

From Research to Market: The Evolving Assay Strategy of a Bi-Specific Antibody

Nancy Sajjadi, Sajjadi Consulting

A Tale of Two Readouts

Paul Faya and Wendy Walton, Eli Lilly and Company

Calculating Non-constant Relative Potency

Kevin Whang, Genentech, a Member of the Roche Group

Surface Plasmon Resonance: Reagent Screening for Product Quality Assessments and Assay Development

Workshop Session I: Panel Discussion

Apr 18, 2023 12:00pm ‐ Apr 18, 2023 1:00pm

Identification: 64155

Additional Panel Member:

Helena Madden, bluebird bio, Inc.

Lunch and Learn: Vendor Showcase

Apr 18, 2023 1:00pm ‐ Apr 18, 2023 2:00pm

Identification: 60425

Join us during lunch to hear from the following vendor partners to learn what they are working on and how it can better serve your needs.

Participating Vendor Partners:

acCELLerate GmbH

Catalent Biologics

Gator Bio

Promega Corporation

Quantics Biostatistics


Stegmann Systems


Workshop Session II: Bioassays for Vaccines and Anti-Infective Therapies

Apr 18, 2023 2:30pm ‐ Apr 18, 2023 3:50pm

Identification: 60427

Development of Potency Assays for vaccines and anti-infective biologics can present a unique set of challenges. As the human immune system is complex, frequently the full mechanism of protection is not known, so best judgment must be used to select a mechanism for a representative potency assay. This is particularly true for novel vaccine technology (e.g., mRNA, nanoparticles) and pandemic response, both of which have occurred in the last few years. The talks in this session will provide insight into the approaches of multiple teams to address these challenges, including use of modern potency techniques where feasible.

Key questions to address:

1.    How to select the assay format: e.g. in vitro vs. in vivo?

2.    What is the minimum requirement for correlation of in vitro and in vivo data?

3.    For genetic vaccines, can in vitro expression be assumed to reflect immunogenicity?

4.    For new vaccine technology, applied in an established space, such as influenza, how best to introduce modern potency assay techniques?

5.    Given the challenge of strain updates and multivalent strategies, what approaches can be taken to “platform” release methods so that assays for new strains can be quickly validated?

6.    What lessons from efforts undertaken to rapidly respond to the pandemic may be applied to other programs?


Yana Miteva, Pfizer Inc.

In-vitro Expression Assay (IVE) for Potency Expression of mRNA Vaccine Product

Brian Meyer, Merck & Co. Inc.

Development of a Reporter Cell Line and Assay for Merck’s Ebola Vaccine (rVSV-ΔG-ZEBOV-GP) 

LeeAnn Machiesky, AstraZeneca

EVUSHELD: Delivering Bioassay Methods and Critical Regents Under Highly Accelerated Timelines from Clinical to Commercial Phases

Workshop Session II - Panel Discussion

Apr 18, 2023 4:20pm ‐ Apr 18, 2023 5:20pm

Identification: 60429

Additional Panel Members:

Arno Kromminga, BioNTech

Xiao Wang, CBER, FDA

Workshop Session III: Bioassays for Cell and Gene Therapeutics

Apr 19, 2023 8:30am ‐ Apr 19, 2023 10:15am

Identification: 60468

Cell and Gene Therapies (CGT) are transforming not just how humans treat genetic and intractable diseases but are altering the entire pharmaceutical ecosystem.  CGT are rapidly becoming established as the new wave of biological therapeutics with autologous or allogeneic engineered cells as the active therapeutic (Cell Therapy), or the gene delivery system (Gene Therapy; e.g., LNP’s, AAV’s, etc.). More than 18 CTx or GTx products were approved by US FDA in 2020. Around 990 companies are engaged in R&D and commercialization of next-generation CGT.  In short, CGT is in the process of becoming a mainstream.

Compared to other biological such as mAbs, BsAbs and proteins, CGT therapeutics are much more complex both physically and biologically, and present specific challenges for developing in vitro potency assays due to their complex mechanisms of action, complicated manufacturing processes and variable critical quality attributes (CQAs). This session will explore considerations and case studies demonstrating strategies of dealing with these biological complexities throughout the product life cycle.


Matthew Klinker, CBER, FDA

Potency Bioassays for Cell and Gene Therapy Products

Jen Fox, AstraZeneca

Development of Flow Cytometry-Based Methods for Release and Characterization of CAR-T Products

Serena Hamada, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Development of a Cytotoxicity Method for the Measurement of CAR-T Drug Product Killing Activity 

Dan Lee, Novartis

Versatile Potency Assay for AAV Gene Therapy Drug Product

Workshop Session III: Panel Discussion

Apr 19, 2023 10:30am ‐ Apr 19, 2023 11:30am

Identification: 60470

Workshop Session IV: Process Improvements/Innovation in Bioassays

Apr 19, 2023 1:15pm ‐ Apr 19, 2023 3:00pm

Identification: 60472

There are several drivers behind the need for process improvements and innovation in the CMC bioassay space. Most organizations experience a constant pressure to reduce cost, increase throughput, and be more efficient. Sometimes, there is a need or a strong desire to improve a bioassay by making it more accurate, precise, or robust. And in some cases, bioassay innovation is driven by the drug itself: for example, by the need to adequately capture increasingly complex modes of action in simple model systems, characterize specific attributes, or the requirement to distinguish the effects of different drug molecules. At the same time, improvements and innovations need to be designed and executed so as to ensure data integrity, using instrumentation and procedures that are transferrable to a QC testing lab. Navigating these different needs and constraints can be challenging. In this session, we will focus on how different organizations have approached and balanced these challenges.


Nailing Zhang, CDER, FDA

Expectations on Potency Assays for Antibody-based Novel Modalities - A Regulatory Perspective

Tillman Polonio-Vallon, Abbvie, Inc.

Simulation Tool to Optimize and Validate Bioassay Control Strategy

Patrick Wong, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Novel Fluorescence-Linked Immunosorbent Assay to Evaluate Bispecific Antibody Potency

Daniel Markx, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co. KG 

Real-time Bioassay Analysis for Potency Determination using xCelligence