Managing CMC Activities for the Development of Oligonucleotide Therapeutics
20 September 2022
Managing CMC Activities for the Development of Oligonucleotide Therapeutics

This workshop will examine CMC development of oligonucleotide therapeutics through interactive discussions. Review the key CMC concepts for oligonucleotide therapeutics and the successes and challenges for the platforms that have already progressed to product approval. Explore the use of oligonucleotides in complex and emerging modalities and assess the next generation of manufacturing platforms. Assess oligonucleotide impurities, their guidelines and how these should be controlled and addressed through interactive discussions. Delve into the regulatory expectations by phase of development and how to plan for the end goal, and understand how this can be applied to future projects



Mike Webb

Mike Webb

CEO and Founder, MikeWebbPharma Ltd

Mike Webb

CEO and Founder, MikeWebbPharma Ltd
Mike Webb

Mike Webb PhD was the VP of Development Chemistry and Analysis for GSK in the UK and was heavily involved in developing GSK’s oligonucleotide pipeline. Since leaving GSK in 2016 he has been consulting with Big Pharma and Biotechnology companies in the development, analysis and manufacture of therapeutic oligonucleotides from pre-clinical to marketing submission.

Workshop agenda



Registration & Coffee



Opening Remarks



Key CMC development milestones for oligonucleotide therapeutics –Complex and emerging modalities / manufacturing platforms

  • Review of key CMC concepts for oligonucleotide therapeutics
  • CMC challenges and successes for the platforms that have already progressed to product approval
  • Review of the ‘next generation’ manufacturing platforms and use of oligonucleotides in complex and emerging modalities
  • Leveraging CMC synergies between ‘legacy oligonucleotides’ and complex /emerging modalities and acknowledging the new frontiers in the CMC development path
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    Addressing impurities and their control

  • ICH Impurity guidelines
  • Oligonucleotide Impurities: ID and control strategies, and Formation and fate
  • We thought the analytics for 20’mers and siRNA were complex. When you multiply the chain length by 5 – and / or conjugate the oligonucleotide, what is the multiplier for the complexity of impurity control?
  • Mass spec-based impurity method vs. orthogonal chromatography methods, or all of above?
  • Connecting Module 3 and Module 2 in demonstrating impurity control


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    Afternoon Tea



    Attending to Regulatory expectations by phase of development

  • Planning for the end goal – NDA vs. BLA – oligonucleotide manufacturing platform
  • Pre-IND and Phase 1
  • Phase 2/3
  • Late stage, pre-marketing
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    Key Takeaways and Discussion

  • Delegates will have the chance to discuss and benchmark concepts and challenges of oligonucleotide development and CMC based on learnings from first 3 sessions
  • Outlook into the future of oligonucleotide therapeutic development
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    Closing Remarks



    End of Workshop

    CEO and Founder
    MikeWebbPharma Ltd

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