Continuous Processing in BioManufacturing

25th – 26th April 2017
by invitation only..

Continuous Processing in BioManufacturing

25th – 26th April 2017
by invitation only..



Dr Barbara Paldus
Chairperson & CEO and Co-Founder


Uwe Gottshalk


Dr Berthold Bodeker
Chief Scientist



Fjalar Kristjansson
Chief Operating Officer


Jon Coffman
Director of Bioprocess Engineering


Carrier Li



Nabil Lawandy
Chairman, President & CEO


David Valentine
Senior Principal Scientist, Manufacturing Science and Technology

Marc Better
VP, Product Sciences

Maaike Poppema
Product Development Engineer

Dawid Suwała
Mammalian Cells Bioprocess Coordinator

Emmanuelle Lepine
General Manager

Adriana Kiędzierska-Mencfeld
Production Director

Alexander Marson
Assistant Professor, Microbiology and Immunology

Jonathan Souquet
Head of Biotech Process Science Technology & Innovation

Ohad Karnieli
CEO and Co-Founder

Elizabeth Mily
MD & Chairman of Global Life Sciences Investment Banking Division

Nina Bauer
Commercial Development, Autologous Manufacturing

John Taylor
President and Principal, Compliance and Regulatory Affairs

Claire Walsh
Manufacturing Process Specialist
Bioprocess Skills and Technology, Operatons

Mark Stevenson
President of Life Science Solutions

Robert Perks
Vice President Operations


Day One

Tuesday 25th April

7.30 – 8.30

Registration and breakfast

8.30 – 8.40

Welcome from our CellWorld Chairperson and an Introduction

Barbara A. Paldus, Ph. D., Vice President & General Manager, Finesse, part of Thermo Fisher Scientific

8.40 – 9.15

Life sciences market overview

  • Investors perspective on the current state of the Pharma and Biotech Sectors
  • Generics and biosimilars segment
  • Navigating market dynamics
  • Deep analysis of the myths, misconceptions and realities of investment in the sector
  • Perspectives on the future of life science investment

Elizabeth Mily, Managing Director, Barclays Investment Bank (USA)

9.15 – 9.50

Evolutionary and revolutionary process intensification

  • Fed batch intensification using “HIPDOG” glucose feeds, N-1 perfusion, and “HIPCOP” control of perfusion
  • Revolutionary perfusion in the production bioreactor
    and an integrated downstream

Jon Coffman, , Director of Bioprocess Engineering, Boehringer-Ingelheim

9.50 – 10.15

Coffee Break / refreshments

10.15 – 10.50

Process Intensification Enabling Technologies

  • The objective of this presentation is to review Business and Market pressures driving the industry towards more efficient and effective manufacturing models and to provide insight into enabling technologies and methodologies that can address these challenges.
  • Upstream process trends will be reviewed and case studies presented to highlight impact on cost of supply, facility capacity and risk mitigation towards uncertainty.
  • Downstream process bottlenecks and their impact of facility utilization and productivity will be addressed and emerging technology solutions presented.
  • Capability needs, technology gaps and implementation challenges will also be summarised

Jonathan Souquet Ph.D., Head of Biotech Process Science Technology & Innovation, Merck (Switzerland)

10.50 – 11.25

Customized Single-Use Bioreactors for a new vaccine production plant

  • Background of the new vaccine production plant
  • High-level overview of vaccine production process
  • Challenges and solutions for single-use bioreactor design
    – Cell retention system
    – Waste removal

Maaike Poppema, Product Development Engineer, Janssen Biologics (Netherlands)

11.25 – 12.00

Overcoming challenges for engineered autologous T cell therapy

  • CAR-T therapies have created considerable excitement within the medical / scientific community due to spectacular early clinical success in difficult-to-treat haematological cancers
  • CAR-T products are complex, personalised advanced therapy medicines (ATMPs) and consequently require a correspondingly complex manufacturing process
  • We will focus on how to develop and commercialise CAR-T cell products, and more specifically on the following points:
    – Vector and cell process considerations for Phase I/II trials
    – Vector process improvements to optimize scale, yield and T cell transduction
    – Cell process improvements and automation to increase reproducibility and robustness of the manufacturing process
    – Comparability strategies when introducing process changes

Marc Better , Executive Vice President R&D, Kite Pharma

12.00 – 13.00


13.00 – 13.35

Engineering human T cell circuitry

  • CRISPR / Cas9 has facilitated genome engineering in many cell types, but in human T cells Cas9 efficiency had been limited and Cas9 had not allowed targeted nucleotide replacements
  • To highlight a CRISPR / Cas9-based platform that enables both knock-out and knock-in genome editing in primary human T cells by electroporation of Cas9:single-guide RNA ribonucleoproteins (Cas9 RNPs)
  • Cas9 RNPs paired with homology-directed repair (HDR) template oligonucleotides can generate a high frequency of knock-in targeted genome modifications in primary T cells
  • The technology enables unprecedented explorations of genetic mechanisms that control T cell function and HIV pathogenesis
  • To understand how sequence variation throughout the human genome affects T cell circuits in health and disease

Alexander Marson, Assistant Professor, Microbiology and Immunology, UCSF School of Medicine

13.35 – 14.10

Out of the box strategies and innovative solutions to bring cell therapies to market.

  • Overview of the cell therapy industry 2017 update
  • Challenges in Cell therapy commercialisation
  • Innovative solutions for cell culturing
  • Automation and scale out

Ohad Karnieli (PhD, MBA), CEO, Atvio Biotech (Israel)

14.10 – 14.45

Future Vision of building a Biologics (DS/DP) Manufacturing Facility in 6 months.

  • Business requirements driving this need.
  • How technology is enabling this reality.
  • Case Study: a journey from Ideation to Reality for a Flexible Manufacturing Plant
  • What a responsive and efficient supply chain looks like
  • How to promote a culture of innovation within Engineering

Carrier Li, Director, Amgen (USA)

14.45 – 15.20

Process Automation for Autologous Manufacturing – a mid-term view on commercial sustainability

  • Autologous manufacturing scope
  • Commercial implications
  • Unit operations and cost drivers
  • Cocoon technology – capabilities and must-haves
  • Initial data review

Nina Bauer, Commercial Development, Autologous Manufacturing, Lonza (Switzerland)

15.20 – 15.45

Coffee Break/Refreshments

15.45 – 16.30

Panel Discussion
The Road to Personalized Medicine

  • Personalized or ‘precision’ medicine is on the rise, due to advancements in, and the emerging integration of, biology, biotechnology, DNA sequencing, IT, and IoT.
  • How do we address ever-increasing the costs of care?
  • What are regulatory challenges and Manufacturing Challenges?
  • What happens to health insurance?
  • This panel discussion will address these crucial questions in achieving personalized medicine with experts from the state and businesses.

Mark Stevenson, President of Life Sciences Group, Thermo Fisher Scientific (USA)
Alexander Marson , Assistant Professor, Microbiology and Immunology, UCSF School of Medicine
Marc Better, VP, Product Sciences, Kite Pharma (USA)


Chairperson’s Closing Remarks for Day


Cocktail Reception


Keynote: Colloidal nonlinear optics for pico-liter protein characterization

  • Nonlinear optics using optical forces for protein characterization
  • Determination of size, conformation, and dielectric signatures
  • Potential for determining parameters in seconds
  • Implementable with pico-liter volumes of lysates

Nabil M. Lawandy Chairman, President & CEO, Spectra Systems Corporation (USA)


Day Two

Wednesday 26th April

7.30 – 8.30


8.30 – 8.40

Welcome, day one summary, and day two introduction

Barbara A. Paldus, Ph.D., Vice President & General Manager, Finesse, part of Thermo Fisher Scientific

8.40 – 9.15

The Presidential and Congressional Elections Impact on FDA

  • What are the major implications for FDA?
  • What are the issues that may impact the performance of FDA?
  • What are the factors that will impact FDA leadership in 2017?
  • What are the issues that may impact FDA’s quality and compliance priorities and functions?
  • Will the election result in fundamental change in FDA’s priorities?

John Taylor, President and Principal, Compliance and Regulatory Affairs, Greenleaf Health Inc. (USA)

9.15 – 9.50

Opportunities and limits of continuous Processing

  • The drivers for continuous processing
  • Most common perfusion approaches and their pro’s and con’s
  • How to implement perfusion fermentation into downstream operations to create fully integrated continuous processing
  • How is a batch defined in a continuous process?
  • What are the major risks and gaps?
  • Upgrading facilities to handle continuous processing versus build new facilities

Berthold Bodeker, Chief Scientist, Bayer Pharma AG (Germany)

9.50 – 10.25

Single Use Bioreactor Scale up: Introduction of a 2000L SUB in 12 months

  • Business case for 2000L SUB train – clinical capacity constraint etc.
  • Background on the Design of the 2000L SUB Suite
  • Engineering run and scale up data (including Ramen data)
  • Comparison between Stainless Steel Manufacturing and Single Use Technology

Claire Walsh, Manufacturing Process Specialist, Janssen Sciences (Ireland)

10.25 – 11.00

SmartFactory in action: A year later, Alvotech’s State-of-the-art manufacturing and lab facility

  • Alvotech, company introduction
  • The challenge of rapid expansion of production capacity using multiple 1,000 L and 2,000 L single-use bioreactor trains.
  • Leveraging cutting-edge automation, enabling higher yields, reducing labour and capital expenses whilst maintaining flexibility in operations management systems.
  • Introducing a SmartFactory platform, which features an open architecture enabling flexibility to develop and manufacture an impressive line-up of biosimialr products.
  • Using Smart technology in process control, batch automation and data management.
  • Integrating upstream and downstream automation for quick transfer without compromising on costs and cycle times.

Fjalar Kristjansson, Chief Operating Officer, Alvotech (Iceland)

11.00 – 11.15

Coffee Break/Refreshments

11.15 – 11.50

Biosimilars: Trends, Benefits and Challenges

  • mAbxience presentation
  • Current global trends and market position
  • Exploring opportunities for biosimilar development and commercialization vis-a-vis healthcare reform and rising costs
  • With drug pricing pressure how can bio manufactures increase production, yields, characterization, economics, and quality
  • Quality considerations for biosimilar development
  • New developments in the regulatory framework for approving biosimilars globally
  • What does the future hold?

Emmanuelle Lepine, General Manager, mAbxience (Spain)

11.50 – 12.25

Disposable technology in manufacturing of biosimilar monoclonal antibodies

  • Disposable or stainless steel – project start decision.
  • Which supplier for process to choose – decision drivers.
  • How to keep quality and similarity of product using disposable technology
  • Management view on process costs in Production scale
  • Laboratory scale and production scale – how to align.

Adriana Kiędzierska-Mencfeld, Production Director, Polpharma Biologics (Poland)

12.25 – 13.00

Case study: Tech transfer of mammalian cell culture process from lab scale to production scale using disposable technology.

  • Process development in lab scale – AMBR system, flasks and glass bioreactors
  • Tech transfer GAP analysis – risk evaluation
  • Process scale up to 50L single use bioreactor
  • Process scale up from 50 to 250L single use bioreactor
  • Final scale 1000 L in single use bioreactor
  • Process expansion – second 1000L bioreactor

Dawid Suwala, Mammalian Cells Bioprocess Coordinator, Polpharma Biologics (Poland)

13.00 – 14.00


14.00 – 14.35

Data Integrity on the Shop Floor – How Proper Production Control and MES enable right first time

  • Define what a proper Production Control Strategy is
  • Show how the Production Control Strategy drives Data Integrity
  • Identify the organization and technical elements that are critical to driving the Production Control Strategy and improving Data Integrity
  • Demonstrate where Electronic Systems like MES become a key enabler of Production Control and increase Right First Time

Robert E Perks,Vice President Operations,Werum IT Solutions America, Inc. (USA)

14.35 – 15:10

“Disposables are Not Something to Throw Away (Why Single-Use Is Here to Stay!)”

  • How bioprocessing steps have been transformed by single-use over the last two decades.
  • What has worked well, not so well, and how the assumed benefits of single-use have transpired in practice.
  • What are the transient elements of a single-use plant, and what are the more permanent aspects to consider for consumable ware and hardware. How this enables a facility that is both flexible and future-proofed.
  • How ‘universal’ control systems help standardise data capture and analysis systems and provide a future design blueprint that can be applied across the plant. A concept most easily implemented and sustained when component parts are single-use.

David Valentine, Manufacturing Science and Technology, Lonza Biologics (UK)

15.10 – 15.25

Coffee Break/Refreshments

15.25 -16.10

Panel Discussion
Smart Technologies – The next-generation Smart biomanufacturing facility

  • Dramatic increases in yields from cell lines and the increasing popularity of single-use technologies. Will they change the way we look at future bioprocessing facilities and process designs?
  • How will new and emerging smart technologies for bioprocessing impact the industry?
  • Preparing for the future through Smart Technologies. Practical examples.
  • What will it look like in the near future?
  • What role will the regulatory bodies play in shaping facilities in the next 5-10 years?

David Valentine, Manufacturing Science and Technology, Lonza Biologics (UK)
Jon Coffman, Director of Bioprocess Engineering, Boehringer-Ingelheim (USA)
Jonathan Souquet Ph.D. Head of Biotech Process Science Technology & Innovation, Merck (Switzerland)

16.10 – 16.20

Closing remarks

Please note: Agenda and speakers are subject to change.

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