Wednesday, June 17, 2015

BPI Boston Announces its 2015 Program

By: Dr. Nick Hutchinson

Hello, welcome and thank-you for visiting our new blog aiming to provide insights and provoke discussion ahead of, and around, the Bioprocess International Conference and Exhibition which will be at Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA  between the 26th and 29th October 2015.
Many of you will know the event of course, but for those of you who haven’t yet had the pleasure of attending this event previously, it is one of the leading bioprocessing conferences in North America and indeed attracts delegates (including myself), presenters and exhibitors from all over the globe.
If you take a moment to review the conference program you’ll see the reason why. The conference will have 6 tracks covering up- and down-stream processing, manufacturing strategies, analytical and formulation & quality, early phase biologics. This year there will be a new track on drug product manufacturing & fill-finish processing. Each session is chaired by a leader in their field who pulls together presentations addressing real industry problems that delegates can learn from and theb take this information back to their organizations to help them develop, manufacture and commercialize their biopharmaceutical products.
In addition, delegates can attend the pre-conference symposia on Monday, October 26 and will have access to the ever popular BPI Theater featuring, amongst many other things, an “Ask the Regulators” Open Forum and a Fireside Chat session focussed on the key question of how we can accelerate biopharmaceutical development and manufacturing?
There will be a Town Hall Forum Discussion addressing the crucial question of Single-Use Standardization and feature representatives from a range of industry bodies including BPOG, BPSA, PDA, ASTM and ASME/BPE.
Of course, if you need them, there are many other reasons to attend the conference such as over 150 exhibitors and over 100 posters. The opportunities to network with your industry peers are huge.
To help you prepare for the event I’ll be posting about selected topics and key themes from the conference to provide you with background and insights on the subject matter so that you can come prepared to develop collaborations and engage in discussions.
Next blog I’ll be taking a look at a subject close to my heart which is novel approaches for non-chromatographic purification processes. My first role out of college was precisely in this area in order to reduce bottlenecks in downstream processing caused by ever higher product titres being achieved upstream. I hope you’ll provide feedback and share your experiences for the benefit of other delegates.
About the Author: Dr Nick Hutchinson has a Masters and Doctorate in Biochemical Engineering from University College London, UK where he focused on laboratory tools for rapid bioprocess development and characterization. He then worked at Lonza Biologics in an R&D function investigating novel methods for large-scale antibody purification before moving to an operational role scaling-up and transferring manufacturing processes between Lonza sites in the UK, Spain and USA. Nick now works in Market Development at Parker domnick hunter where his focus is in bringing Parker's strengths in Motion & Control to Bioprocessing. This will enable customers to improve the quality and deliverability of existing and future biopharmaceuticals.
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