Preclinical / Nonclinical


Preclinical and nonclinical studies designed with regulatory compliance in mind

Preclinical (nonclinical) development refers to the process through which investigational drugs are subjected to extensive laboratory testing to determine their safety for humans.

This stage can take between one to five years, and provides information about the effects of the pharmaceutical composition on mammalian cells; particularly whether the proposed product and formulation will result unpredictable toxicological effects. The results of such studies and assessments provide valuable information for subsequent clinical trials.

Here at Woodley BioReg, our expert team of consultants can guide you through the preclinical / nonclinical stages, and begin to develop the vital clinical strategy at this early stage in product development.

Drug or device discovery

A major challenge for the pharmaceutical industry is the extended and risky process for the development of new drugs — this is a costly activity and can take up to 10 years from lab to clinical assessment. Our pharmaceutical experts have practical industry and regulatory experience to mitigate many of the empirical risks and help our clients navigate through the regulatory hurdles.

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Drug or device discovery

Method scouting

Requiring specialist analytical and product knowledge, method scouting is a highly technical activity requiring practical experience of the advantages, limitations and potential pitfalls of analytical tests. Our team of consultants guide our clients to ensure robust, knowledge-based, and well-documented method scouting that withstands regulatory rigour. Woodley BioReg provides expert guidance and consultation gained through practical and successful industry experience, and has published its approach to enable others in the industry to adopt best practice.

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Designing study

We’ll help you to design study protocols that provide the data needed to evidence safety and efficacy in humans and help to establish the manufacturing and formulation strategies. This early stage of development also sets the scene for analytical development, product testing and characterisation, as well as starting to define the Product Quality Specification (PQS).

Designing Study Protocols

Reviewing data

Our specialist consultants will guide you and help you to review the data from preclinical / nonclinical studies to determine if it is suitable to move on to the next stage, or if further studies are needed to be address any remaining regulatory requirements. Recognising and, where possible, mitigating potential risks underpins the way we work at Woodley BioReg, and forms a key pivot when deciding if further development is merited.

Preparing summary

Preclinical and nonclinical study summary reports are crucial in providing regulators with an overview of the findings. Woodley BioReg consultants will guide you through the process and if needed will write the report on your behalf — we always ensure you are in control.

Planning additional

If the review of data shows that further (bridging) studies are required, we will assist you in the planning and designing of further study protocols to ensure that you have everything you need to move on to the clinical trial stage.

Technology transfer

As products develop and grow into new markets and indications, there is often the need to scale-up and replicate manufacturing processes. Our consultants will guide you through the most efficient and effective processes including the strategic use of comparability protocols in the EU and US. Having successfully delivered many such projects, our ultimate aim is always to reduce or eliminating the need for bridging clinical studies.

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Regulatory strategy

As we demonstrated during the Covid-19 pandemic through our support for governments and manufacturers, a strong regulatory strategy can enable the robust development and rapid licence approval of innovative products. At Woodley BioReg, we ensure that the implementation of well-defined strategies drives the preclinical, clinical, and pharmaceutical development stages. If appropriate, we’ll seek scientific advice to ensure regulatory alignment throughout the process. We have developed and implemented many such strategies, and therefore can provide expert support and guidance from start to finish.

We provide strategic advice to clients on all activities involved in the preclinical / nonclinical stage — helping to design and implement systems and processes to significantly improve product development timelines. Our tried and tested consultants are on hand to offer advice and guidance whenever you need it.

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