INTERPHEX 2014 Innovation Sessions

Pharmaceutical Processing is sponsoring several stages in INTERPHEX’s Show Floor Innovation Series. Don’t miss these free sessions, roundtables, panel discussions and keynote presentations covering topics including Continuous Manufacturing for Solid Dose Drugs, High Potency Manufacturing, Cleaning Validation and more.

Dec 31st, 1969
Dec 31st, 1969

During INTERPHEX 2014, March 18th-20th, Pharmaceutical Processing will be sponsoring several Innovations Sessions on important industry topics:


Tuesday, March 18th

QbD Based Process Development Strategies for Antibodies

Speaker: Kumar Dhanasekharan, Director, Process Development, Cook Pharmica 

Althought QbD principles are well established, their application to biologics process development is still not common. This presentation will outline how these principles can be applied in early phase development in practically viable ways to benefit late stage development and tech. transfer to manufacturing. The presentation will include discussion on scale-up approaches for both upstream and downstream development such as high-throughput approaches, platform based methods and traditional approaches to optimize productivity/ yield while maintaining product quality.

Learning Objectives:

  • Outline QbD Principles
  • Process Development Methods for Antibodies
  • Science based approach to process development

Innovation Stage 3  1:30 PM – 2:30 PM


5 Rules for Sensor Placement in GMP Temperature Mapping

Speaker: Paul Daniel, Senior Regulatory Compliance Expert, Vaisala

New regulations (China, India, Europe, USA...) are increasing the reach of GDP for Cold Chain, causing more companies to come under regulatory scrutiny. This is a new experience for many of these companies. For many of these companies, rising to meet this challenge means learning how to do temperature mapping. New guidance has been coming forth clarifying how to temperature map, with specific focus on mapping sensor placement and mapping techniques. I have taken this guidance, and recent experiences in Asia trying to teach sensor placement across language barriers, and consolidated sensor placement into a few simple rules to make proper sensor placement easy to understand and implement for those new to mapping.

Learning Objectives:

  • Briefly review the global regulatory changes in GDP to appreciate the massive increase in scope.
  • Present "5 Rules" for easy and consistent sensor placement for temperature mapping.
  • Show how the "5 Rules" are consistent with recent guidance from ISPE, PDA, USP.

Innovation Stage 3  2:45pm – 3:45pm


Current Capsule Filling Techniques Utiliizing Xcelodose Technology

Speaker: Theodore Koontz, VP, Operations, Xcelience, LLC

Innovation Stage 3 4:00pm – 5:00pm



Wednesday March 19th

Back To Basics: Tablet Design And Common Tooling Options

Speakers: Dale Natoli, President of Natoli Engineering Company, Inc. and Bill Turner, Technical Service Manager Tooling and Tablets

This session will discuss tablet compression tooling options.
Learning objectives for this session:
•    Introduction to the basics of tablet design 
•    How to eliminate common tableting issues, including multiple tip tooling configurations.

Innovation Stage 3 10:30am – 11:30am


Integration of Controlled Nucleation Technology into a GMP Lyophilizer

Speaker: Joseph Brower, Technology Manager, IMA Life

Controlling the process of ice nucleation within a freeze dryer has been shown to improve process control, shorten cycle time, and improve finished product attributes. This has been demonstrated in the laboratory for years, but is just now becoming available at commercial scale. VERISEQ Nucleation Technology is now being installed on commercial lyophilizers. This session will describe the VERISEQ Nucleation method of operation, provide some case study data, and highlight the challenges involved in introducing this technology into a GMP aseptic environment. Design considerations, integration approach, and testing methods will be discussed

Learning Objectives:

  • Introduction to controlled nucleation benefits in general
  • Describe the VERISEQ Nucleation mode of operation
  • Detail the challenges and solutions for integrating the technology ino GMP aseptic systems

Innovation Stage 3 11:45- AM – 12:45 PM


Overcoming The First Hurdle - Sample Prep

Speaker: Nikki Schopp, Team Leader, SGS Life Science Services 

Innovation Stage 3 1:30pm – 2:30pm



Thursday, March 20th

Single-Use Pumps Take Center Stage

Speakers: David Kirk, Hygienic Market Manager, Pump Solutions Group and Dr. Andreas Frerix, Applications Manager Biotech/Biopharma, Pump Solutions Group

In the global pharmaceutical industry, increased emphasis is being placed on the manufacture of advanced biologically derived drugs. These biologics offer exciting potential for the development of blockbuster drugs that can provide treatments for a wide array of diseases. However, there are speed-to-market challenges for manufacturers who wish to optimize the commercial window that these drugs possess. An exciting new technology is now available that meets these speed-to-market challenges: single-use four-piston (quaternary) diaphragm pumps. Single-use pumps feature replaceable heads that enable biopharmaceutical manufacturers to optimize the cost of cleaning and validating their production systems. This creates a quicker production process, as well as one that delivers the required levels of product purity and sterility with no harm to the product and no chance for costly cross-batch or cross-product contamination.

Learning Objectives:

  • How advancements in equipment can help the public and improve manufacturer’s ROI
  • How single-use pumps help manufacturers satisfy objectives of pure product creation and optimized commercial windows
  • Detailed look at single-use quaternary pumps and other technologies in specific applications.

 Innovation Stage 2 10:30am – 11:30am


Advanced Aseptic Processing To Reduce Risk With Sterile Fill/Finish

Speaker: Bill Hartzel, Director of Strategic Execution, Catalent

Innovation Stage 2 11:45am – 12:45pm


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