With tighter budget and timeline, formulation and drug device teams need to work much more closely to ensure an optimised downstream process – especially with a more complex biological drug product. This workshop will give both formulation scientists and device engineers an in-depth understanding on key attributes affecting drug and device performance, which help them select the best strategy when designing PFS.

The second half of the workshop will focus on the emerging trend of auto injectors. The workshop leader will lead an interactive discussion with participants to evaluate and assess individual device’s advantages and weaknesses to enable better decision making.
This half-day workshop will complement the plenary conference and offer a much more intimate classroom environment to attendees to learn and discuss critical factors on biological drug formulation and PFS device design strategy. Through interactive discussion, delegates will gain a much more detailed understanding of PFS, and mitigate risks in downstream processing.

VPs, Directors, Heads, Principals, Chiefs, Managers of
• Pre-Filled Syringes/ Device Development
• Global Product Management
• Human Factors (Engineering)
• Application Specialists
• Packaging Engineers
• Finished Products and Medical Devices
• Device and Delivery Injectables
• Late Stage Formulation
• Manufacturing
• Bio Production
• QA/ QC/ Visual Inspection

Workshop LEADER


Jean-Rene Authelin

Global Head of Pharmaceutical Engineering, Sanofi

Jean René Authelin is the Global Head of Pharmaceutical Engineering at Sanofi R&D. He has an Engineering degree in chemical Engineering from ENSIC (Nancy France), and a PhD from The Institut National Polytechnique de Lorraine. He first joined Rhone Poulenc in 1988 as a Chemical Engineer. In the 90’s he founded the Physical Quality function, dedicated to the API crystalisation , drying, polymorphism, for which he was the Global Head in Rhone Poulenc Rorer, Aventis and finally Sanofi for over 10 years . In 1998 Jean Rene was nominated the Global Head of Pharmaceutical Engineering.

Jean-Rene’s interests lie within thermodynamics of hydrates, drug polymorphism, amorphous solids physics, drug stability, crystalisation, nanoparticles engineering and processing, milling; spray drying, fluid bed granulation, roller compaction, freeze drying, fill and finish, pre-filled syringes and auto injectors.

He is the author and co-author of 18 publications, as well as book chapters and the co-inventor of 9 patents.


Sanofi S.A. is a French multinational pharmaceutical company headquartered in Paris, France. As a global healthcare leader focused on patients’ needs, they are engaged in the research, development, manufacturing and marketing of therapeutic solutions focused on patients’ needs. Sanofi has core strengths in diabetes solutions, human vaccines, innovative drugs, consumer healthcare, emerging markets, animal health and Genzyme.

Workshop programme

13:30 Registration & Coffee

14:00 Workshop Leader's Opening Remarks

14:10 Understanding Formulation of Drug Early On

15:30 Afternoon Tea

16:00 Should We Switch to Auto Injectors (AI)?

17:00 Q&A - Discussion

17:30 Workshop Leader’s Closing Remarks and End of Workshop


Copthorne Tara Hotel

Scarsdale Place
London W8 5SR
United Kingdom

Copthorne Tara Hotel

The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.




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CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

CPD Certificates

We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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