Using M&S to Evaluate Oncology Drug Dosing

Maria Saluta

There are numerous challenges in developing oncology drugs: (1) they are often very toxic which precludes conducting clinical trials in healthy volunteers, (2) the PK of a drug may be altered in cancer patients due to demographic and physiological differences as compared to healthy volunteers, and (3) cancer patients face elevated drug-drug interaction (DDI) risk […]

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Topics: Clinical Pharmacology Strategy, PBPK Modeling & Simulation, PK/PD Modeling & Simulation

Certara’s Best of the Blog 2017

A selection of short essays from our blog, written to empower our customers with modeling and simulation (M&S) and regulatory writing solutions in order to help them solve the toughest drug development problems. Certara staff contributions range in topic from pharmacometrics to systems biology to the growing importance of regulatory writing and sharing clinical trial results.

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Changing the Game in Drug Development

At Certara, we are innovators, dedicated to helping our clients develop new therapies and target unmet medical needs, expand existing therapies to other subpopulations, communicate scientific information in the language of regulatory success and market access, balance risk-benefit profiles, differentiate therapies from the competitive landscape, and unlock millions of dollars in R&D savings.

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How to Maximize the Benefits of Clinical Pharmacology Gap Analysis

Julie Bullock

Many companies have tried and true clinical pharmacology practices. But when the rubber hits the road for your drug program, will these practices support regulatory success? Has your historic approach to drug development been updated to include the latest modeling and simulation innovations? It’s hard to change how you’ve historically done things. But, do you […]

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Topics: Clinical Pharmacology Strategy, PBPK Modeling & Simulation, PK/PD Modeling & Simulation

Skin in the Game: Mechanistic Modeling of Dermal Drug Absorption

Nikunjkumar Patel

The ability to estimate systemic exposure from dermal absorption is essential in developing new dermatological medications or assessing the toxicological liability of commercially-used chemicals. Historically, animal models were used to evaluate dermal drug absorption prior to clinical testing. However, both differences in human and animal physiology as well as ethical concerns over animal testing have […]

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Topics: PBPK Modeling & Simulation

Surveying the Lay of the Land for Modeling & Simulation for Global Regulatory Submissions

Maria Saluta

Analogous to how a geologist surveys the “lay of the land” to determine if oil lies underneath, or an investment advisor strives to understand the “lay of the land” to decide how to invest in a turbulent market, sponsors and regulators also need to determine how to best utilize and report modeling and simulation results […]

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Topics: Clinical Pharmacology Strategy, PBPK Modeling & Simulation, PK/PD Modeling & Simulation, Regulatory & Medical Writing, Regulatory Submissions Management

Using Virtual Cancer Patients to Probe the Mechanisms of Oncology Drug Disposition

Oliver Hatley

Oncology drug developers face a distinct set of challenges. Oncology drugs are often very toxic which precludes conducting clinical trials in healthy volunteers. In addition, cancer patients differ from healthy people in terms of their demographics and physiology. These changes mean that the pharmacokinetics of drugs may be altered in this population compared to healthy […]

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Topics: PBPK Modeling & Simulation

Using PBPK Models to Assess Fetal Drug Exposure

Rick Greupink

The tragedy of thalidomide provides a cautionary tale about the potential for birth defects resulting from fetal exposure to drugs. Thalidomide was used to treat morning sickness in pregnant women. By the time it was banned in 1962, more than 10,000 children had been born with thalidomide-induced birth defects. “Phocomelia,” wherein babies were born with […]

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Topics: PBPK Modeling & Simulation

Using Model-informed Drug Development Approaches to Accelerate Orphan Drug Development

Maria Saluta

Orphan drugs are used to treat rare diseases and disorders. This year marks the 35th anniversary of both the landmark Orphan Drug Act, a law passed by the US FDA that created legal and financial incentives for pharma and biotech to pursue rare disease R&D, and the formation of the National Organization for Rare Disorders […]

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Topics: Clinical Pharmacology Strategy, PBPK Modeling & Simulation, PK/PD Modeling & Simulation

The Biggest Drug Development News Stories in 2017

Suzanne Minton

When I reflect on the state of drug development in 2017, the opening lines of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities comes to mind. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, […]

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Topics: PBPK Modeling & Simulation, PK/PD Modeling & Simulation

Using PBPK Models to Optimize Anti-HIV Drug Dosing in Pregnant Women

Angela Colbers

Antiretroviral drugs are a critical tool in preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Yet, antiviral treatment options for pregnant women lag behind the “non-pregnant” population. In this blog post, I’ll discuss the reasons for this lag and how physiologically-based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) models can simulate PK during pregnancy and thus help optimize dosing for this special population. […]

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A Targeted Approach to Medicine and Dosing—A Necessity for Sustainable Healthcare

Maria Saluta

President Obama, during his 2015 State of the Union Address, launched the Precision Medicine Initiative “to enable a new era of medicine through research, technology, and policies that empower patients, researchers, and providers to work together toward development of individualized care.” The message given to the American people reinforced the critical need to implement precision medicine into […]

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Topics: PBPK Modeling & Simulation
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