In this soundbite from RCA Radio, Erika Porcelli, CEO of Regulatory Compliance Associates® (RCA), provides examples of how different size companies leverage the stage of business they’re in to accelerate development with outsourced staff.

 

Start ups vs Large Companies

 

Using Staff augmentation to bring in SMEs gives companies the ability to scale up and scale down quickly without taking away people from other projects.

Start-ups are typically not ready to bring on a full-time employee. In cases like these, we can bring in a subject matter expert (SME) that can help work through any regulatory, compliance, or quality problem and assist on an as-needed base.

 

Larger companies typically need help when they are performing a project such as adding a new manufacturing line into a facility. They don’t do this all of the time and only need the extra resources for this particular project. In cases like these, we will put together a team with the right skillsets that can complete the particular project. Once completed, RCA perform a hand-off with the client, and our team steps away from the project. 

 


Listen to the full episode “Outsourcing and Staff Augmentation” now!


 

All companies experience staffing support issues whether they are transient and short-lived, chronic and unplanned, or intrinsic to your business model. RCA has consultants that develop a solution to your specific needs; we can help “right-size” your team when and where you need it most.

 

Outsourcing has become an increasingly common practice in the life science industry. The quality assurance (QA) and regulatory affairs (RA) functions create extra complexity for large and small life science companies because needs may vary greatly depending on the life cycle of the organization. These companies turn to outsourcing to manage operations and tactical skills, and also help adopt best practices.

 

Successful execution comes through project monitoring, issue resolution, and risk management of the process through clear leadership. RCA’s team of experienced project management professionals organize and manage resources to ensure that projects are completed successfully, on time, and within budget.

 

RCA Outsourcing Services

 

Project Management

outsourced staffTo be successful in the field of manufacturing, you must have a proper project management plan in place. Not only do project management procedures keep your projects on time and on schedule, but they also ensure your devices’ compliance with stringent national and international regulations. RCA can help you develop an effective plan, and we can even lead these tasks so that you can run more projects at one time more efficiently.

 

Our outsourced staff capabilities for project management capabilities include:

 

  • On-site Project Leadership or Project Management Support
  • Design and Implementation of a Project Management Office
  • FDA Workshops
  • Project Assessment, Remediation, and Follow-up
  • Advanced Schedule Optimization and Management
  • Development and Implementation of Compliant Methods
    • Risk Management
    • Issues Resolution and Decision Tracking
    • Change Management
    • Performance Measurement and Tracking
  • Tool Selection for Program Portfolio and Resource Management

 

Staff Augmentation

Many companies need the assistance of a professional with specific skills and expertise when completing a project but might not have the need or resources to hire this expert as a full-time employee. Instead, you can add experienced professionals to your staff for a short- or long-term project through our medical device staffing support capabilities. RCA’s outsourcing solutions can help you manage even your most complex projects with experts trained in areas such as:

 

  • Quality Assurance
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Validation
  • Operations
  • Product Development

 

Consulting Support

Maybe your company is struggling to complete projects on time, or perhaps you often face challenges associated with product compliance. Whatever your situation, our consultants will work with you to ensure your business’ success with consulting support services. By getting to know more about your business and goals, we’ll tailor our approach to best meet your particular needs.

 

Advantages of Outsourcing

 

When you hit a snag in your project’s development, you need to design and develop the best solution to create a timely, quality finished product. RCA’s quality assurance and regulatory affairs consultants can help you define the specific problem, generate ideas for a potential solution, and implement that solution for the utmost success in your project’s completion.

 

Our goal is to help you get your projects to completion on time and on budget — all while outsourced staff keeps superior quality at the forefront of your every task. And with a team of more than 500 pharmaceutical consultants and industry experts with an average of 25 years of experience in the life science industries, we have the extensive resources and expertise needed to meet this goal.

 

Strategic Outsourcing

 

Medical device manufacturers face the challenging task of creating top-quality products quickly with minimal personnel and growing compliance regulations to adhere to. With these increasing challenges, it’s no wonder so many local startups and Fortune 100 companies alike choose RCA for outsourced staff and strategic outsourcing services.

 

About RCA

Regulatory Compliance Associates® (RCA) provides worldwide services to the following industries for resolution of compliance and regulatory challenges:

 

 

We understand the complexities of running a life science business and possess areas of expertise that include every facet of R&D, operations, regulatory affairs, quality, and manufacturing. We are used to working on the front lines and thriving in the scrutiny of FDA-and globally-regulated companies.

 

As your partners, we can negotiate the potential minefield of regulatory compliance and private equity due diligence with insight, hindsight, and the clear advantage of our unique expertise and experience.

 

 

To begin the RCA® scoping process today, please enter your information in the blue form below and click the submit button at the bottom of the webpage. 

Regulatory Compliance Associates® will be exhibiting at IME (MD&M) South at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, NC.

 

Stop by booth # 1534 to meet our experts to learn how we can provide you with a complete solution for any of your regulatory, quality, and compliance needs to help ensure the safety of your product and process. Come speak with RCA’s Executive VP of Medical Device and CTO, Seyed Khorashahi, who will be in attendance.

 

Seyed has more than 25 years of experience leading R&D teams in all aspects of developing safety-critical medical devices. Seyed has held leadership positions at Covidien (Medtronic), Baxter, and Beckman Coulter, Inc., and has an extensive background in medical device product development, quality systems, regulatory affairs, and mergers and acquisitions. Other core competencies include engineering and business strategy. 

 

Seyed also has significant domain expertise not only in FDA and EU standards but also in software systems and hardware development for medical devices. He has a proven track record of efficiently deploying process improvements with extensive knowledge of 21 CFR 820 and ISO 13485.

 


Use the blue Contact Us form at the bottom of the page to schedule a meeting with Seyed!


 

Tech Theater:

Optimize your Quality System for Software as a Medical Device (SaMD)

 

ime south

 

On Wednesday, June 15th at 11:30 am. We will also be hosting a Tech Theater where Seyed will give a brief overview of what software as a medical device (SaMD) is and then take a look at what is needed to Optimize a Quality System for a SaMD. We also will touch on the different risk categories associated with SaMD as well as the Clinical Evaluation and regulatory submission.

We Will Cover

  • Optimization of Quality Management System for SaMD products from inception to retirement and its alignment to ISO 13485
    • SaMD Realization and Use utilizing IEC 62304, AAMI TIR 45
    • Life Cycle Support Processes
  • Intended purpose of the SaMD (Treat/Diagnose, drive clinical management, or inform Clinical management and its impact on device classification
  • Submission documentation requirements for SaMD algorithm (Traditional or AI / ML)
  • Clinical evaluations, validations, and submissions

 

About IME

The all-new IM Engineering South is the six-in-one advanced design and manufacturing expo designed to give you a comprehensive view of the product lifecycle—from prototype to production. Come explore the latest insights and solutions spanning MedTech, packaging, automation, plastics, design, and processing.

Buyers, executives, and decision-makers attend this show which is the Southeast’s largest design and manufacturing event with the goal of meeting new suppliers and sourcing the latest technologies.

 

About RCA Medical Device Services

The regulatory process surrounding the medical device industry involves a strict adherence to pre/post market compliance throughout a device’s life-cycle. Even a single compliance issue you have can turn into a significant effect on your business. RCA’s medical device consultants can help guide you through any stage of this strategic process, with capabilities during product development through the regulatory clearance/approval of your product.

Our team of over 500 industry experts — including former FDA officials and other leaders in the field of medical device regulation — will work with your company to create a quality assurance and regulatory compliance approach tailored to your products and regulatory needs. RCA works with both international Fortune 100 companies and small local start-ups, as well as law firms requesting remediation for warning letters, 483’s, import bans or consent decrees. We offer expertise in a variety of medical fields, such

 

Cybersecurity

For medical device manufacturers, technology can be a double-edged sword. The innovative technologies that elevate the quality of life for patients can also be used to potentially undermine the organization using the device. The consequences can affect the device itself if we do not implement good IoT cybersecurity and FDA cybersecurity protocols. At Regulatory Compliance Associates Inc.®, we offer a wide variety of services for medical devices security to help ensure that your product is protected from cyber-attacks.

With a well-planned design, along with full visibility of product development and the supply chain, RCA can help strengthen your device’s cybersecurity posture throughout. We partner with medical device companies for the entire life cycle, including from the development of your product to the regulatory submission to your notified body.

 

Regulatory Affairs

Regulatory affairs is Regulatory Compliance Associates® Inc.’s backbone, and we handle more submissions in a month than many manufacturers do in a lifetime. We have experience working with the FDA, global regulatory bodies and / or agencies, and notified bodies worldwide. Therefore, you can count on us for in-depth and up-to-date insights which increase speed-to-market.

As a trusted regulatory affairs consultant, our FDA veterans and industry experts are here to help you navigate the difficulties associated with new product submissions. They have expertise in both the approval process and post-approval support. 

 

Compliance Assurance

Increasingly, life science companies are feeling the pressure of greater scrutiny by regulators, and responding by developing sustainable compliance strategies. Whether it’s preparing for an audit, developing a response to an FDA finding, or remediation to an adverse event, Regulatory Compliance Associates® Inc. can help.

Our network of over 500 FDA veterans and industry professionals offers a unique blend of expertise that allows us to handle both simple and complex regulatory compliance challenges within the medical device industry.

 

Quality Assurance

Regulatory Compliance Associates® Inc.’s Quality Assurance services include quality system assessments, strategy, implementations, and identification of quality metrics to ensure continuous improvement, aligning with your business needs and goals. Our consultants are quality experts with experience spanning major corporations and start-ups. We know firsthand how to achieve, maintain, and improve quality, and we excel in transferring this knowledge to your organization.

In the medical devices field, quality assurance (QA) is more than merely ensuring the quality of a finished product. You need the tools to monitor and regulate every process from the design of a new product to continued quality compliance as the device is sent to market. At RCA, we offer you the assistance you need to monitor these processes and ensure quality compliance every step of the way.

With more than 15 years of experience as a trusted medical device quality assurance consultant, our team of over 500 industry experts and FDA veterans is fully equipped to handle your unique QA needs.

 

Remediation Support

Regulatory Compliance Associates® Inc. is widely recognized within the life science industry and global regulatory agencies for its ability to help companies successfully resolve complex regulatory challenges, including remediation. With a proven track record of success, we have significant experience with the development of responses to 483 Observations, Warning Letters, Untitled Letters and Consent Decrees.

Our value goes beyond the initial response by helping companies successfully execute their action plans, develop an improved compliance culture tailored to the needs of their business, and ultimately move beyond the regulatory action to emerge as a stronger business. We negotiate difficult demands of remediation with insight and the clear advantage of our unique expertise and experience that makes partnering with RCA® Inc. a competitive differentiator in the remediation space.

 

Strategic Consulting

Whether it’s a strategy, a technical plan, or project, Regulatory Compliance Associates® Inc.’s worldwide experience can help ensure a successful mix of people and product so your project is on time, on budget, and you’re never embroiled in a costly mistake.

Our 500 industry and FDA experts are here to provide the unique insight you need before an M&A deal, through a staffing crisis and in every area of your product’s development and life cycle. As the trusted medical device manufacturing consultants of thousands of companies around the world, we have the knowledge and expertise needed to deliver exceptional results to your business — no matter your size or unique needs.

 

About RCA

Regulatory Compliance Associates®  (RCA) provides worldwide services to the following industries for resolution of compliance and regulatory challenges:

 

We understand the complexities of running a life science business and possess areas of expertise that include every facet of R&D, operations, regulatory affairs, quality, and manufacturing. We are used to working on the front lines and thriving in the scrutiny of FDA-and globally-regulated companies.

As your partners, we can negotiate the potential minefield of regulatory compliance and private equity due diligence with insight, hindsight, and the clear advantage of our unique expertise and experience.

 

To begin the RCA® scoping process today, please enter your information in the blue form below and click the submit button at the bottom of the webpage. 

 

Since 2018, FDA has been working to align its quality system regulation for medical devices with ISO13485, with the goals of reducing burdens on medical device companies with global products that face different international regulations and updating its quality system requirements. On February 23, 2022, the FDA issued the proposed rule to amend the current good manufacturing practice (CGMP) requirements of the Quality System Regulations (21 CFR 820) to harmonize and align more closely with international requirements, specifically those of ISO 13485: 2016.

 

The FDA proposed to do so primarily by incorporating the 2016 edition of the international standard specific for medical device quality management systems ISO13485. Through this rulemaking, the FDA is also proposing additional requirements that help connect and align ISO13485 with existing requirements in the FD&C Act and its implementing regulations. This will include making conforming edits to 21 CFR Part 4 to clarify the device CGMP requirements for combination products.


Do you need ISO13485 compliance support? Contact us now to get started.


The most noticeable difference between the current quality systems regulation and ISO13485 is that the risk management requirements integrated throughout the aspects of the quality management system in ISO13485. This differs from 21 CFR 820, in that the only risk-specific requirement in the QS regulation is listed in §820.30(g), as it relates to risk analysis as a part of design validation.

 

These revisions are intended to supplant the existing ISO13485 requirements with the specifications of an international consensus standard for medical device manufacturers. The revisions are expected to reduce device manufacturers’ burdens, specifically aspects of compliance and recordkeeping through the harmonization of domestic and international requirements. FDA intends to issue a final rule after reviewing comments and feedback from the proposed rule. The final rule will become effective 1 year after the date of publication in the Federal Register.

 

About RCA

pharmaceutical consultantsRegulatory Compliance Associates® (RCA) provides worldwide services to the following industries for resolution of compliance and regulatory challenges:

 

 

We understand the complexities of running a life science business and possess areas of expertise that include every facet of R&D, operations, regulatory affairs, quality, and manufacturing. We are used to working on the front lines and thriving in the scrutiny of FDA-and globally-regulated companies.

 

As your partners, we can negotiate the potential minefield of regulatory compliance and private equity due diligence with insight, hindsight, and the clear advantage of our unique expertise and experience.

 

 

To begin the RCA® scoping process today, please enter your information in the blue form below and click the submit button at the bottom of the webpage. 

We are happy to announce that we will be presenting an abstract and exhibiting at this year’s INTERPHEX trade show in New York City from May 24th–26th. 

Come listen to Regulatory Compliance Associates ® Inc.’s Executive Vice President of Pharmaceuticals, Steven J. Lynn, MS, present an analysis of the 483 observations over the past 4 years (2018-2021) and make sure you stop by booth #1753 to speak with us and our partners at Nelson Labs about your company’s quality, regulatory, compliance, and laboratory needs.

Steven J. Lynn

Steven Lynn, MS, will be presenting; A Search for Meaning: Analyzing global FDA 483 Observation trends (2018-2021) where he will go over (1) which sub-groups received the greatest number of violations, and (2) present data-driven best practices to trade show attendees for proactively reducing the potential for violations.


Use the blue Contact Us form at the bottom of the page to schedule a meeting with Steve!


About Interphex 2022

For 40+ years, INTERPHEX has been the premier pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device development and manufacturing event where you can “Experience Science through Commercialization”. Based in New York, INTERPHEX brings over 10,500 global industry professionals and 620+ suppliers together to “Learn It, Experience It, Procure It” through a unique combination of our no-cost technical conference, exhibits, demonstrations, partnering opportunities, and networking events to leverage quality, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness in today’s ever-changing global market.

 

About RCA

Regulatory Compliance Associates® Inc.’s background and experience in the Pharmaceutical industry has helped thousands of companies meet regulatory, compliance, quality assurance, and remediation challenges, in addition to their strategic consulting needs.

With more than 20 years of experience with FDA, Health Canada, EU and global regulatory agencies worldwide, RCA offers leading pharmaceutical consultants that can help you navigate through the challenges associated with evolving industry regulations.

Our team of over 500 seasoned FDA, Health Canada and EU compliance consultants and regulatory affairs experts can understand the complexities surrounding the pharmaceutical industry and the unique inner workings of the regulatory process. 

 

Client Solutions

Whether you’re in the product planning, development or pharmaceutical lifecycle management stage or need a remediation strategy for a compliance crisis, RCA® Inc. will guide you through every step of the regulatory process and create a customized approach depending on your product and your pharma company’s individual needs. Our clients include:

  • Companies new to FDA, Health Canada or EU regulations and the pharmaceutical industry
  • Start-up organizations with novel submissions to 510(k) submissions from multi-national corporations
  • Investment firms seeking private equity due diligence for pre-acquisition and post-deal research
  • Law firms seeking expertise in the remediation of warning letters, consent decrees, 483’s or import bans

 

Regulatory Affairs

Regulatory affairs is Regulatory Compliance Associates® Inc.’s backbone and we fully understand the complexities of the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries. Our expertise spans all facets and levels of Regulatory Affairs, from Regulatory Support for New Products to Life Cycle Management, to other services like Outsourced Regulatory Affairs, Submissions, Training, and more.

As your partner, we can negotiate the potential assessment minefield of pharmaceuticals with insight, hindsight, and the clear advantage of our breadth and depth of knowledge and experience. We offer the following four regulatory affairs services for pharmaceutical companies.

 

Compliance Assurance

The regulations process surrounding pharmaceutical companies can be tricky for even the most experienced industry veteran to understand, and just one misstep could mean significant and lasting consequences for your business. At RCA® Inc., we offer the experience and resources necessary to guide you in quality compliance.

 

Quality Assurance

Regulatory Compliance Associates® Inc.’s Quality Assurance services include assessments, strategy, implementations, staff augmentations, and identification of quality metrics to ensure continuous improvement, aligning with your business needs and goals. Our consultants are quality experts with experience spanning major corporations and start-ups. We know firsthand how to achieve, maintain, and improve quality, and we excel in transferring this knowledge to your organization.

 

Remediation 

Regulatory Compliance Associates® Inc. has significant experience and a proven approach to managing FDA Warning Letters, Consent Decrees, Remediation and other serious regulatory situations. We know how to partner with executive, legal, and communication teams, and will assist management with a response that will be accepted by the regulatory agency and be realistic to execute. We can develop a comprehensive proof book of documented objective evidence demonstrating the corrective actions taken to remediate non-compliant issues. In addition, RCA can help prepare a comprehensive strategy to assist in your remediation efforts, drive continuous improvement, and maintain compliance with the regulations.

 

Our Company

pharmaceutical consultantsRegulatory Compliance Associates® (RCA) provides worldwide services to the following industries for resolution of compliance and regulatory challenges:

 

We understand the complexities of running a life science business and possess areas of expertise that include every facet of R&D, operations, regulatory affairs, quality, and manufacturing. We are used to working on the front lines and thriving in the scrutiny of FDA-and globally-regulated companies.

As your partners, we can negotiate the potential minefield of regulatory compliance and private equity due diligence with insight, hindsight, and the clear advantage of our unique expertise and experience.

  • Founded in 2000
  • Headquartered in Wisconsin (USA)
    • Regional offices in Florida, Colorado and Europe
  • Expertise backed by over 500 industry subject matter experts
  • Acquired by Sotera Health in 2021

 

To begin the RCA® scoping process today, please enter your information in the blue form below and click the submit button at the bottom of the webpage. 

The FDA recently updated guidance for clinical trial design (March 2022). This update stems from an objective of the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act). It includes recommendations for how industry sponsors of pharmaceuticals or biologics should design and conduct clinical trials. The guidance provides a greater explanation of how biologic and oncology trial design can simultaneously evaluate more than one investigational drug.

 

FDA Guidance

 

The guidance goes into depth about the clinical research milestones of master protocol design. Data integrity considerations are also mentioned for biomarker co-development and trial statistical analysis. Traditionally, oncology clinical trials are designed to assess multiple investigational drugs at the same time. Clinical data in this type of design is analyzed across multiple cancer types during the same trial to find all sources of patient efficacy and commercial value.

 

Another primary driver is the CDMO race due to testing multiple drugs and sub-populations under the same protocol. Pharmaceutical consultants like RCA Inc. have witnessed a shortening of client commercialization timelines across the life sciences industry. This directly adds incremental pressure on project sponsors. Clinical teams are being tasked to discover late-stage drug success faster than ever before. Every trial must simultaneously ensure patient safety while producing data that satisfies the regulatory safety and effectiveness.


Need help with your Clinical Trials? Contact Us Now!


Investigational Drugs

 

The FDA concisely describes this unique protocol design and clinical trial planning for multiple sub-studies. Sub-studies may have separate goals and require aligned efforts across the data science team. For example, collaboration is needed in order to appropriately value multiple investigational drugs. Consideration should be given that therapeutic value may be in one or more disease sub-types in the clinical trial.

 

With these considerations in mind, the FDA goes on to describe the benefits of a master protocol across the study design. This provides the project sponsor design flexibility via a variety of data collection alternatives that integrate different methods (e.g. shared control arm, centralized data capture systems).

 

Clinical Trial Design

 

This new FDA guidance also provides insights on potential challenges the industry should consider when using master protocols. These unintended consequences can include greater difficulty when assigning detailed adverse events to an investigational drug if numerous products are being investigated across the clinical study.

 

This lack of clarity often impacts the safety profile of an investigational drug – directly making the analysis for FDA approval more complicated for the regulatory body. Multiple study groups can also increase the overinterpretation of study findings. For example, signs of positive product efficacy from one biomarker subpopulation could be identified as false for another if based a different ad hoc patient group.

 

Basket Trials

 

Basket trial design includes assessing an investigational drug blend by including a dose-finding or safety lead-in component. The goal is to identify safe quantities of the combination early in the clinical trial before progressing with an efficacy activity-estimating factor. The FDA proposes sub-studies within basket trials are constructed as single-arm, activity-estimating trials with total response rate as the primary endpoint.

 

The guidance goes on to elaborate on sub-study objectives, including study rationale for each population. A comprehensive statistical analysis plan (SAP) with reasoning for sample size and unique stopping rules based on ineffectuality should also be included in the program documentation.

 

Umbrella Trials

 

A master protocol designed to evaluate multiple drugs administered as single drugs or as combination products is commonly referred to as an umbrella trial. Umbrella trials often use a randomized controlled design to evaluate the mechanism of action of the investigational drug/drugs with a common control arm. Study design for an umbrella trial can include sub-studies based on patient biomarkers or to a separate therapeutic sub-study inside the trial.

 

Clinical Study Design

 

As the clinical study focus, the FDA provides a clear understanding of how project sponsors improve the efficiency of master protocols. For example, using a common control arm during an Umbrella Trial has proven to help evaluate multiple drugs simultaneously for a single disease state.

 

Control Arm

 

For clinical trials, the FDA now recommends a project sponsor use a common control arm when numerous drugs are evaluated simultaneously in a single illness (e.g. umbrella trials). The FDA guidance elaborates in the use of a control arm be the current standard of care (SOC) so trial results are understandable from the perspective of the biologic and oncology medical community.

 

Changes in SOC can also take place during the trial because of an FDA approval or the latest scientific data. The Statistical Analysis Plan (SAP) would need to be revised before any data analysis occurs if this is the case.

 

Novel Drugs

 

When a project sponsor uses sub-studies to assess two or more investigational drugs, the FDA advocates for providing a thorough scientific motivation for the combination. This includes the clinical trial sponsor defining the Recommended Phase 2 Dose (RP2D). Analysis should include and ensuring the appropriate dosage has been identified for each individual drug.

 

Targeting Biomarkers

 

The FDA goes on to elaborate on biomarker development plans to help validate the patient selection and recruiting for clinical trials. Biomarkers should be clearly identified based on the intended therapeutic response.

 

For example, an oncology biomarker for tumor size can help predict the response to the investigational drug. This type of study biomarker might demonstrate how the mechanism of action succeeded or failed. There needs to be a consensus among the clinical study team on how biomarkers are justified. Understanding study measures for showing marker positivity before patients enter the trial is critical.

 

Data Monitoring

 

One final important note about the master protocol in the updated FDA guidance describes the independent radiologic review committee. This committee medical research should include blinded tumor-based assessments to provide a charter for the independent data monitoring committee (IDMC).

 

The IDMC charter would guide the committee through ad hoc trials, such as patient efficacy and drug futility. The IDMC can also recommend protocol actions. This often includes changes in sample size or modification of a sub-study based on overwhelming futility or efficacy evidence.

 

About RCA

 

Regulatory Compliance Associates® Inc. (RCA) provides worldwide services to the following industries for resolution of compliance and regulatory challenges:

 

 

We understand the complexities of running a life science business. Our team possesses areas of expertise that include every facet of R&D, operations, regulatory affairs, quality, and manufacturing. We are used to working on the front lines and thriving in the scrutiny of FDA-and globally-regulated companies.

As your partners, we can negotiate the potential minefield of regulatory compliance and private equity due diligence with insight, hindsight, and the clear advantage of our unique expertise and experience.

 

 

To begin the RCA® scoping process today, please enter your information in the blue form below and click the submit button at the bottom of the webpage. 

 

In this soundbite from RCA Radio, Dr. Helin Raagel and Dr. Matthew Jorgensen from Nelsons Labs explain why the Cytotoxicity test during a biocompatibility evaluation is the most important test you will run.

 

What is Cytotoxicity? – Cytotoxicity is the degree to which a substance can cause damage to a cell. A substance or process that causes cell damage or death is referred to as cytotoxic, “cyto” meaning cell and “toxic” meaning poison. (Will the device kill or harm the cells it comes in contact with?)

 

There are three reasons why the cytotoxicity test is the most important test you run during a biocompatibility evaluation.

  1. The test can be run quickly.
  2. It is the most cost-effective test in an evaluation.
  3. Most evaluation concerns come from the cytotoxicity results.

Listen to the full episode “What is Cytotoxicity?” now!


About Nelson Labs

Every year, hundreds of medical device, pharmaceutical, and tissue companies make Nelson Labs their testing laboratory of choice. For them, the decision is easy. Nelson Labs is a clear leader in the microbiology and analytical chemistry testing industry, offering more than 800 laboratory tests and employing more than 500 scientists and staff in state-of-the-art facilities. We are known for exceptional quality and rigorous testing standards, but it is our focus on the bigger picture that sets us apart. We look beyond test results and partner with you to achieve your long-term business goals — mitigating risk, being first to market, and succeeding with your customers.

 

Companies choose Nelson Labs for our:

  • Thought leaders and approachable experts. We give you direct access to industry authorities who understand your business and add value every step of the way.
  • Customer-centric culture. We take the time to understand your vision. Your goals become our goals.
  • Real-time project management tools and a dedicated client portal. We provide proactive information, keeping you informed and in control.
  • Metric-driven testing processes. We’re our own toughest customer, holding ourselves to goals exceeding 99% for things that matter most to you, like quality, turnaround time, and testing accuracy.
  • Global compliance expertise and support. We act as a trusted advisor, helping you navigate the ever-changing compliance landscape.

See how we can help you mitigate risk, be first to market, and succeed with your customers.

 

To begin the RCA® scoping process today, please enter your information in the blue form below and click the submit button at the bottom of the webpage. 

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